With its coastal locations, great shopping and ecxiting nightlife, Brighton & Hove is a magnet for the rich and famous.

However, it has also been home to a number of children who at the time were unknown, but would one day grow up to be celebrities.

There are a few famous faces you can’t help but know spent at least some time being educated in the area, for example, Winston Churchill, who has a plaque marking his time at The Misses Thompson's Preparatory School.

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Another more recent addition to the Hove hall of fame is model Katie Price, in the news so often there can’t be many people who don’t know she is a former pupil of Blatchington Mill School.

However, there are a few celebs you might recognise who you never knew went to school near here.

5 celebrities who went to school in Brighton

Natasha Kaplinsky

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is famous for anchoring for Sky News, BBC News, Channel 5 and ITV News.

The 49-year-old was born in Brighton and attended both Ringmer Community College and Vardean College in the town.

Alfie Deyes

Vlogger and businessperson, Alfie Deyes, shot to fame with his PointlessBlog YouTube channel launched in 2009.

He also attended Varndean College in his youth.

Tamzin Merchant

Actress and author, Tamzin Merchant, is most recognised for her roles as Georgiana Darcy in the film Pride & Prejudice, as Catherine Howard in the Showtime series The Tudors and as Anne Hale in the WGN America series Salem.

More recently, in 2021, she wrote children's book The Hatmakers.

Before all of that she was a pupil at Brighton College before going on to graduate from Cambridge University.


British-American singer/songwriter, Celeste, was born in California but at the age of five, moved to Saltdean, later becoming a student of Vardean College.

Her debut album Not Your Muse, released in 2021, debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and earned her nominations for Album of the Year, Best Female Solo Artist and Best New Artist at the 2021 Brit Awards, as well as the 2021 Mercury Prize.

Des Lynam

Legendary broadcaster, Des Lynam, became the face of sport, presenting Grandstand, Match of the Day, Wimbledon, the Grand National, Sportsnight, the World Cup and Olympic Games.

His non-sporting TV work also included shows such as Holiday, How Do They Do That? and Countdown.

Born in Ireland, he and his family moved to Brighton when he was aged six, going on to attend Varndean Grammar School.