SUSSEX is home to a lot of celebrities -  could you have gone to the same school as someone famous? 

Whether you sat next to them in class or attended a few years later - you never know who might have gone on to have a glittering career in sports, music or more.

Here are some of the famous faces that attended schools in Sussex: 

Holly Wiloughby

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Born in Brighton the nation's sweetheart Holly Wiloughby attended Burgess Hill Girls in West Sussex followed by The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham. 

She has been co-presenter of This Morning since 2009 alongside Philip Schofield.

She also presents Dancing on Ice, was a team captain on Celebrity Juice and works as a model.

Katie Price

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Another star born in Brighton, Katie attended Blatchington Mill School in Hove in East Sussex.

Whilst at school she excelled at sport, swimming for Sussex in regional competitions

From the age of 13 she has worked as a model and at 17 she changed her name to Katie Price. 

Rizzle Kicks

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Hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks aka Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule were both born in Brighton. 

Having gone to different secondary schools, Harley at Dorothy Stringer High School, and Jordan at Blatchington Mill, they first began to truly bond in their two years at the BRIT School.

It was there that Rizzle Kicks began, when Harley put some vocals on a track Jordan was recording.

Piers Morgan

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Broadcaster, journalist and television personality Piers Morgan was born in Surrey but attended the Priory School in Lewes.

He is currently co-presenter on the ITV breakfast programme Good Morning Britain from Monday to Wednesday. 


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Singer and songwriter Celeste wn the BBC's annual Sound Of... poll in 2019. 

Her debut album Not Your Muse was released this year and debuted at number one on the UK albums chart. 

Born in California Celeste moved to Dagenham when she was three and then settled in Saltdean at the age of five.

She attended Vardean College and spent her teenage years in Saltdean, working in pubs and charity shops to make ends meet. She also started playing gigs in Brighton.

Rag 'n' Bone Man

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Rag 'n' Bone Man aka Rory Graham is a singer from Uckfield.

He attended King's Academy Ringmer in Ringmer, from which he was expelled, and then enrolled at Uckfield College in his hometown.

Tim Peake

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Major Tim Peake was born in Chichester, where he studied at the Chichester High School for Boys, leaving in 1990 to attend the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. 

He is a British Army Air Corps officer, European Space Agency astronaut and a former International Space Station (ISS) crew member.

He is the first British ESA astronaut, the second astronaut to bear a flag of the United Kingdom patch  and the seventh UK-born person in space.

Eddie Izzard - Eastbourne College

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Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and activist Eddie Izzard was born in Aden, now Yemen. 

She moved to Ireland and then Wales, after her mothers death she attended Eastbourne College before going on to study at the University of Sheffield. 

Benedict Cumberbatch 

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attended Brambletye School in East Grinstead.

Cumberbatch has received numerous accolades, including the Laurence Olivier Award for best Actor for Frankenstein and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for Sherlock.

Joanna Lumley

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Joanna Lumley OBE, FRGS, is an actress, presenter, former model, author, television producer, and activist.

She won two BAFTA TV Awards for her role as Patsy Stone  in Absolutely Fabulous. 

Lumley was born in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, in the final days of British India - they later returned to England where she attended boarding school in Kent. 

From 11 to 17 she attended St Mary's Convent School in Hastings. 

Dean Hammond

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Former Brighton and Hove Albion captain Dean Hammond attended William Parker School in Hastings. 

Gareth Barry the England and Everton footballer also attended the William Parker School.

Gareth Southgate

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Gareth Southgate OBE is a professional football manager and former player.  He is the manager of the England national team.

Born in Watford, Southgate spent some time at Hazelwick School in Crawley. 

Football Focus presenter Dan Walker also went to the school.

Richard Osman

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Best known for presenting the hit BBC show 'Pointless', Osman grew up in Haywards Heath and attended Warden Park School.

He has also presented the BBC Two quiz shows Two Tribes and Richard Osman's House of Games, and has been a team captain on the comedy panel shows Insert Name Here and The Fake News Show. 

Jo Brand

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Stand-up comedian Jo Brand was born in Clapham and grew up in Hastings. 

She attended both Hastings High School for Girls and Bexhill College.

She currently appears on a range of TV and Radio shows including BBC Radio 2's The News Quiz.

Simon Mayo

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The BBC Radio 2 presenter and DJ Simon Mayo was born in Southgate and attended Worthing High School in West Sussex which was then a state grammar school for boys.

He has worked for BBC Radio since 1982 and was the presenter of Simon Mayo drivetime on BBC Radio 2 between 2010 and 2018. 

Simon Fuller

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Born in Cyprus but raised in Hastings, Simon Fuller is best known for being the creator of the Idol franchise including Pop Idol and American Idol. 

He was the manager for the Spice Girls and David Beckham as well as a former Hastings Grammar School student.

The McCartney's

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James, Stella and Mary McCartney - three of Paul McCartney's children - all attended  Thomas Peacocke Community College which is now Rye College.

Stella McCartney is best known for being a fashion designer, photographer and animal activist. 

So, did you go to the same school as any of these famous faces?