It’s not unusual to spot a celebrity in Surrey, with the county’s proximity to London and amazing vistas, plus its ‘posh’ areas like Oxshott which are a magnet for the rich and famous.
Some celebrities have even settled down in Surrey like Dame Judi Dench, Tom Hardy and Eric Clapton.
But plenty of athletes, TV personalities and actors are much more familiar with the area, having grown up in Surrey.
Below we rounded up 17 celebrities you may not have known went to school in Surrey.
1. Tom Felton
Tom Felton skyrocketed to fame with his role as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies.
The star, who now lives in Venice Beach, California, also had roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Flash TV series.
Born in Epsom, Felton spend part of his school days at Howard of Effingham School.
2. George Kruis
George Kruis is a professional rugby union player for England and Saracens.
Kruis, who is playing in the Rugby World Cup 2019, joined Saracens full-time from July 1, 2009.
A highlight of his early career was when he appeared in all five matches in the 2010 World Rugby Junior World Championship.
He then became a member of the squad for the 2014 QBE Internationals and won his first four caps off the bench.
Kruis’ Rugby World Cup debut was off the bench against Australia eight months later and scored his maiden test try against Scotland in the opening match in the 2016 Six Nations Championship.
He was born in Guildford and educated at St John’s School, Leatherhead.
3. Bill Nighy
The beloved actor, known for his role as Billy Mack in Love Actually, was born in Caterham.
Although he went to The John Fisher School in nearby Croydon as a child, he returned to Surrey to launch his acting education and attended the Guildford School of Acting to train for stage and film.
4. Celia Imrie
Actress and author Celia Imrie was born in Guildford and went to Guildford High School and continued her education at Guildford School of Acting.
She’s best known for her roles in the Bridget Jones film series, Calendar Girls (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) and Malevolent (2018).
You may also recognise her from her work with Victoria Wood, including Victoria Wood as Seen on TV (1985–87), the sitcom Dinnerladies (1998–2000) and Acorn Antiques: The Musical (2005).
5. Emily Blunt
Born in Wandsworth, the BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actress spent her school days at Hurtwood House in Holmbury St Mary, Dorking.
Blunt’s film appearances include her roles in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, Looper and The Girl on the Train.
The British-American actress now lives in New York with her husband actor John Krasinski.
6. Ray Mears
TV survival expert Ray Mears has starred in and presented numerous travel and survival shows on both the BBC and ITV since the late 90s.
The 55-year-old, who was born in Coulsdon, spent his school days at Reigate Grammar School. He spent his youth wandering through the woods of the North Downs and honing his outdoor skills.
7. Ben Edwards
The Formula 1 racing commentator, who attended Reigate Grammar School, has voiced television coverage of Formula One, Superleague Formula and the British Touring Car Championship for both the BBC and Channel 4 since 2012.
Before his move to commentator, Edwards was a mechanic for Formula Ford teams in 1982, and had a career as a racing driver.
He won the very first Formula First championship, a now defunct championship for new drivers.
8. Clarissa Dickson Wright
One half of TV cookery duo, Two Fat Ladies, Clarissa Dickson Wright presented three series of the programme in the mid-90s on the BBC alongside Jennifer Paterson.
Dickson Wright died aged 66 in Scotland in 2014 but originally hailed from St John’s Wood in London.
She attended Woldingham School when it was known as The Convent of the Sacred Heart.
9. Kay Wilson
Rugby player Kay Wilson was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning England squad. She scored four tries in the tournament and played the whole match in the final.
In March 2017 she made seven tries against Scotland during a 64–0 win by England in the Six Nations at Twickenham. This contributed to her position as top scorer in the six nations that year.
Wilson, who played her junior rugby for Old Caterhamians, Warlingham and Dorking rugby clubs, is a former pupil of St Bede’s School, Redhill.
10. Carey Mulligan
Famous for her roles in The Great Gatsby, Far From the Madding Crowd, Suffragette and Mudbound, Carey Mulligan spent her early years in Düsseldorf, Germany.
When she was eight, her family moved back to England and she attended Woldingham School as a teenager.
Mulligan’s breakthrough performance was as Jenny Mellor in the coming-of-age drama (2009), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role , and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress .
11. David Walliams
David Walliams got his breakthrough on British television as co-creator of sketch show Little Britain.
Now a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Walliams is also the author of children’s books which have sold more than 12 million copies and been translated into 46 languages.
Walliams was born in Merton and is a former pupil of Reigate Grammar School.
12. Barry Norman
Barry Norman was one of the best-known film critics on British television before his death at the age of 83 in 2017, after presenting on BBC One between 1972 and 1998.
His show, Film 72, with the year changing in the title up until the final episode of Film 98, saw him speak about cinema to a mass audience in a way that also appealed to other critics.
Norman spent some of his early school years at St John’s School, Leatherhead.
13. Jamie Mackie
Oxford United footballer Jamie Mackie signed for the club in 2018 after spells at Queen’s Park Rangers and as a Scotland international.
But he was actually born in Dorking and attended The Ashcombe School.
He began his football career playing for Leatherhead and has since represented Wimbledon, Nottingham Forest and Reading as well as playing for his national side.
14. Robert Emms
Emms, born in Horley, went to the local secondary school, Oakwood School. You’ll know him from the lead role in The National Theatre’s production of War Horse, as well starring in the 2011 Stephen Spielberg film adaption of the story.
He will also be known to British TV viewers for playing Pythagoras in the BBC fantasy adventure series Atlantis between 2013 and 2015.
Real name Robert James MacPherson, he most recently starred in the smash hit drama Chernobyl.
15. Warwick Davis
The English actor and producer starred in two of the biggest film franchises of all time in his role as Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars and in playing Professor Filius Flitwick and Griphook in the Harry Potter films.
Born in Epsom, Davis attended both City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead and Chinthurst School in Tadworth.
One of his first major roles was in the 1988 fantasy adventure film Willow, which is now being turned into a TV series, which he is also due to star in.
16. Andrew Garfield
BAFTA-winning actor Andrew Garfield played the title role in two Spider-Man films and has also had roles in blockbusters such as The Social Network and Hacksaw Ridge.
Garfield was born in Los Angeles but moved to Epsom when he was three years old. He attended City of London Freemen’s School in Ashtead.
He started honing his acting skills in youth drama productions while still at school, according to his IMDB account.
17. Hans Zimmer
German-born, Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer has composed the scores for iconic films such as The Lion King, Gladiator, Inception and 12 Years A Slave.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a major production that hasn’t had either him or John Williams involved in it, such is his reputation for incredible compositions.
Zimmer moved to London as a teenager when he attended Hurtwood House School in Holmbury St Mary.