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Most of us recognize family names like Kate Moss, Stormzy and also Roy Hodgson are from Croydon.

But there are various other celebs from the community that are possibly not as well referred to as they once were.

They probably obtain individuals looking at them in the grocery store with a “do I know you from somewhere?” expression written all over their face.

They might not go to the elevation of their fame but they will certainly still have had terrific professions as well as we have actually decided to celebrate some of the celebrities with links to Croydon that you may well have actually neglected around.

The amount of them do you remember?

1. Lucy Rate

The Croydon birthed actress is best recognized for her tv duties as Natalie Evans in BBC One Soap EastEnders as well as DS Stevie Moss in the prominent ITV1 show The Expense.

The 43-year-old was shown ballet and also tap dancing at the Alexander Academy of Dancing and Drama, in Selsdon Roadway, South Croydon, from the age of 4 to 17.

She spoke to the Marketer in 2012 about her time at Alexander Academy as she paid homage to her former dance instructor Monica Wild, that had actually died at the age of 84.

Lucy claimed: “It had not been a cheesy stage school and had not been regarding fame– it was regarding perfection as well as satisfaction [in your] work.

“I bear in mind saying to her as soon as, ‘Mrs Wild, you understand most of us work harder when you walk into the room’ as well as she grinned. She made use of to place on these incredible programs at Stanley Halls (in South Norwood) as well as put her entire life into them.

“The kids admired her in such a means and also you do not come throughout personalities like that.”

2. Nigel Harman

Nigel, 46, is best understood for his function as Dennis Rickman in the BBC show EastEnders however has actually functioned primarily in theatre, most significantly showing up as Lord Farquaad in the initial London manufacturing of Shrek the Musical.

The star, who matured in Purley, also went to Alexander Academy of Dance and also Drama, in South Croydon, in between the ages of 8 and 14.

Throughout his 2 years on one of Britain’s biggest soaps he had the kind of storylines you would anticipate of an EastEnders personalities – loving his taken on sister and also obtaining stabbed to death on New Year’s Eve.

3. Peter Cushing

BAFTA acclaimed actor Peter Cushing, who was best known for playing Sherlock Holmes, Dr Van Helsing as well as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars, was raised in Purley.

He was born in Kenley in 1913 and passed away in 1994 at the age of 81.

Throughout his distinguished occupation he also played Monster in a collection of movies.

4. Alison Carroll

Former Edenham Secondary school pupil Alison Carroll came to be the Lara Croft model for the computer game including the heroine, Tomb Raider: Underworld in August 2008.

She trained with Shirley Acrobatics Club from the age of 12.

Alison, currently 34, held the setting till 2010, as well as was the final official Lara Croft model, as using models was terminated for future Tomb Raider games.

5. Matthew Wright

The television speaker and also former tabloid journalist was educated at John Fisher Institution, in Purley, as well as additionally went to Croydon Young people Theatre.

His job on tv started in 2000 when he was chosen to front Network 5’s daily topical discussion program The Wright Stuff.

In 2008, anything however memorably, the program came under analysis from pet legal rights team PETA, whose participants asserted that the aquarium containing Wright Things fish Brad as well as Jen was too tiny.

The 54-year-old also showed up on ITV1 show I’m a Celeb … Obtain Me Out of Here! in 2013.

6. Gilles Peterson

Birthed in France, Gilles transferred to England when he was young and also studied at John Fisher Institution, in Purley.

The 55-year-old record label proprietor was connected with heavyweights in the 1990s such as Roni Size as well as Jamiroquai.

A heavyweight DJ in his very own right, he has actually had programs on radio stations Kiss FM and also Radio 1 throughout the years.

7. Martin Jarvis

The film and also tv favourite matured in South Norwood as well as Sanderstead and also was a student at Whitgift College.

His very first television look was way back in 1965 on Physician That.

In the decades that have actually followed he has starred on whatever from EastEnders to Inspector Morse as well as The Expense to Stargate: Atlantis.

The 78-year-old has also starred in movies such as Titanic, Buster and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

8. Nigel Reo-Coker

The previous West Pork United and also Aston Vacation home star was born in Southwark but represented the district of Croydon at football at the age of 12.

Reo-Coker, 35, who participated in Riddlesdown Senior high school, in Purley, made more than 350 career appearances.

At the begin of his job he played 23 times for England Under 21s yet never got a cap for the senior team.

9. Su-Elise Nash

The previous Mis-Teeq vocalist utilized to live in Norbury and also attended Winterbourne Junior Girls’ College, in Winterbourne Road, Thornton Health.

Su-Elise, Sabrina Washington and Alesha Dixon had 7 consecutive leading 10 singles, including the similarity Scandalous, All I Desired as well as Rendezvous.

Alesha, of course, is still a very familiar face on TV as a court on Britain’s Got Skill.

After Mis-Teeq disbanded, Su-Elise, who is currently 38, opened her own doing arts institution.

10. Linsey Dawn McKenzie

The glamour version grew up in Wallington and also regularly visited Croydon when she started to discover fame, occasionally being seen in the community’s clubs.

At the age of simply 16 she modelled topless for The Daily Sporting Activity as well as The Sunday Sport as well as likewise made Web page 3 looks in The Sunlight.

Now aged 41, she has actually shown up on a number of TELEVISION shows throughout the years from The Weakest Web Link to Celeb 4 Weddings.

In 1998 she got involved to EastEnders actor Michael Greco however after revealing she had actually wearied of footballers and celebrities married a home window cleaner in 2001.

They were to divide up, nonetheless, as well as in 2006 she wed footballer Mark Williams.

11. Mark Butcher

The previous cricketer, that scored even more than 4,000 runs in 71 examinations for England, attended Trinity College and Archbishop Tenison’s Institution, on Selborne Roadway.

The left handed batsmen, who sustains Crystal Palace, when racked up 173 not out against Australia at Headingley in 2001.

Now a commentator, the 47-year-old would on a regular basis be seen around Croydon following his retirement as a gamer.

12. Donna Fraser

Birthed in Thornton Heath in 1972, the relay jogger and 400m sprinter won bronze medals in the 4 x 400m relay at both the 2005 and 2007 World Championships.

The 46-year-old also won two bronze medals at the 1998 Commonwealth Games and also a bronze in the European Championships in the same year.

Donna retired from professional athletics in 2009 but remained to run for Croydon Harriers for a number of years after that.

13. Dan Stevens

The star was birthed in Croydon but was adopted at birth and also matured in Wales.

He is best understood for his duty as Matthew Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey.

He likewise starred as Sir Lancelot in Night at the Gallery: Key of the Burial place, and also as The Beast and also Royal Prince in Walt Disney’s live activity adaptation of Beauty and also the Monster. He is now 37.

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The former West Pork United and Chelsea demonstrator was birthed in Croydon.

He authorized his first specialist agreement with Chelsea in 2000 yet just made 25 appearances for the Premier League giants in five seasons.

The 36-year-old racked up 55 goals in 256 appearances for the Hammers.

15. Lee MacDonald

As Zammo McGuire in Grange Hillside for 5 years in the 1980s, he was as well recognized to teenagers at the time as almost any person in the country.

He took place to make cameo looks in the similarity The Expense and Birds of a Plume, yet then went on to open a key cutting shop in Stafford Road, in Wallington.

In an interview in 2008 he recommended that the storylines in Grange Hill in his day were tame contrasted to what was really occurring in colleges in the late 2000s.

He stated: “If you were to show what went on in thorough schools around right here in Croydon it would certainly have to be shown after the landmark.”

He is currently 51.

16. Steve Punt

You won’t have actually neglected his comedy partner Hugh Dennis, who is a regular face on TELEVISION on the likes of Mock the Week, Exceeded as well as Not Heading out.

However Steve Punting, who was informed at Whitgift Institution, is hardly ever seen on TV these days.

Punt and also Dennis were resident guest comics on programs offered by Jasper Carrott and also went on to create for and star in sketch reveal The Mary Whitehouse Experience. A lot more recently the 57-year-old has worked as a scriptwriter and also voiceover musician, creating for the similarity Would I Lie To You? and Mock The Week.

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