This post was first published by My London on 01/09/2019.
11 very famous people who you probably didn’t realise lived in Croydon
Croydon has produced an array of talent over the years.
Whether it be singers, actors or sports stars, so many famous people have called the South London borough home at some point in their lives.
They might have been born there, or have gone to one of Croydon’s many schools – or even decided to settle here because it’s so great.
Here are 11 stars you may not have realised have links with Croydon.
Grime star Stormzy was raised by his mother in Thornton Heath and was a pupil at Harris Academy South Norwood, when it was Stanley Technical High School.
The MOBO-award-winning rapper once told the Croydon Advertiser he would be “the biggest thing to ever come from Croydon”.
He appears to have made good on that promise having headlined Glastonbury this year.
2. Noel Fielding
The writer, comedian and creator of The Mighty Boosh was born in Westminster but grew up in Pollards Hill.
Noel Fielding often appears on panel shows and comedy shows.
He now lives in North London, but studied at Croydon College.
3. Kate Moss
We’ve seen her on the catwalk, on the covers of glossy magazines and advertising makeup on the telly.
But did you know Kate Moss has links to Croydon?
She has strong roots in the borough, growing up in Addiscombe and going to Ridgeway Primary School, in Sanderstead, and Riddlesdown.
4. Tracey Emin
Turner Prize winning Tracey Emin was born in Croydon and subsequently moved to Margate to be brought up.
She is known for her controversial and provocative art.
Tracey is probably best known for her work ‘My Bed’ which was exhibited at the Tate Gallery in 1999 and consisted of her bed looking messy with different objects strewn across it.
5. Derren Brown
Derren Brown is a famous illusionist and author known for making the impossible seem possible.
He was born in Croydon and attended Whitgift School.
6. Sue Perkins
Great British Bake Off star Sue Perkins was born in Croydon and attended Croham Hurst School in South Croydon.
She first because famous through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue, but people definitely associate her with her stint on Bake Off more.
She’s even published a book called East of Croydon.
7. Amy Winehouse
The legendary Amy Winehouse lived in Croydon during her teenage years when she attended The BRIT School for Performing Arts, in Selhurst .
The late singer, who died at the age of 27 in 2011, remains a musical icon today.
Shortly after her death, her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
A mural to commemorate her was put up on St George’s Walk.
8. James Buckley
Many people’s favourite thing about The Inbetweeners was the character Jay, played by James Buckley.
He was born in Croydon, where he got into acting from a young age and is a Crystal Palace supporter.
He now splits his time between New York, Paris and Peckham, according to his Twitter bio.
9. Wilfried Zaha
Wilfried Zaha is the definition of “South London and Proud”.
Born in Ivory Coast, Zaha moved with his eight siblings to Thornton Heath when he was just four-years-old. Gifted from a young age, at 12 he joined the Crystal Palace academy.
He went to Whitehorse Manor Junior School and Selsdon High School.
10. Peter Cushing
BAFTA award winning actor Peter Cushing, who is best known for playing Sherlock Holmes, Dr Van Helsing and Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars was brought up in Purley.
He’s one of those famous actors who you will have definitely seen in something.
Originally born in Kenley, after the First World War, he and his family moved to Purley and he grew up there.
11. Luol Deng
Minnesota Timberwolves basketball player Luol Deng went to school in Croydon.
Deng was born in Sudan, before moving to Egypt and then settling in Brixton. His family would eventually settle in South Norwood and Deng attended St Mary’s RC High School, in Croydon.
It’s great to see an international sports star with connections to Croydon.