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Famous residents of Kingston, Surbiton and the local area

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Famous residents mostly past, some present of Kingston and the surrounding areas. Any errors or any you think should be mentioned let us know via the form at the bottom of the post – thanks!
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Joe Cole: Born in Kingston, Joe is best known for roles in Skins and Peaky Blinders. Both Joe and his brother Finlay Cole went to Hollyfield School.
Finlay Cole: Born in Kingston 1995, Finlay went to Esher College and began acting in 2012. He is known for roles in Peak Blinders, An Inspector Calls, Inspector Lewis, Fast & Furious.
Jonny Lee Miller: 
Born 1972. Sick Boy in Trainspotting.
Tom Holland: Born in Kingston 1996, Tom Holland is an actor and dancer known for playing Spiderman and the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical.
Katherine Parkinson:
Actress lived in Tolworth and attended Tiffin Girls’ School.
Barbara Mitchell: Actress Please Sir, Fenn Street Gang, For the Love of Ada lived in Kingston. Barbara Mitchell actor
Jonathan Lee Miller: Actor (Trainspotting), born 1972 lived in Kingston and went to Tiffin Boys’ School.
Lisa Faulkner: Actress was born in Merton in 1973 and attended Tiffin Girls’ School.
Margaret Lockwood: 1916 -1990 Actress lived in 34 Upper Park Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5LD from 1960 to 1990.

Presenters / Comedians

John Inverdale: Broadcaster lives in Kingston
Jon Richardson: comedian 8 out of 10 Cats
Julian Clary: Comedian and TV presenter born in Surbiton
Angelica Bell and Michael Underwood: TV presenters.
Roy Plomley: Actor, presenter of Desert Island Discs was born in Kingston in 1914.
Phyllis Dixey: Variety artist, singer, actress.. Born in Merton 1914 -died Epsom 1964. Lived in Wentworth Court, Surbiton.
Debbie McGee: Was born in Kingston and went to Tolworth Girls’ School.
Clara Amfo: Radio and tv presenter


Stormzy: Somewhere near Coombe Hill
David Essex:  lived at 104 Ditton Road in Surbiton
Mike Batt lived at 11 Langley Avenue Surbiton
Richard Butler: Singer in Psychedelic Furs was born in Kingston
Eric Clapton: attended Hollyfield School
Petula Clark: lived with her father at Salmons Road in Chessington
Christoper John Millar: Born 1955 aka Rat Scabies drummer of the damned was born in Kingston
Richard Peter John Fairbrass: Lead singer of Right Said Fred 1990s with the single “I’m Too Sexywas born in Kingston 22 September 1953.
Gus Dudgeon: English record producer worked with Elton John, David Bowie, Elkie Books and many more. He lived on Effingham Road in Surbiton
Joan Armatrading: lived on St Marks Hill in Surbiton in the 1970s
Sandy Denny: lead singer of Fairport Convention, who went to  Coombe Girls’ School, New Malden, and Kingston College of Art.
Dame Nellie Melba:   1861 -1931 Australian operatic soprano singer lived in Coombe Lane West


Jacqueline Wilson: Children’s writer. Jacqueline went to Latchmere Primary School and Coombe Girls’ School.
Lynda La Plante: English author, screenwriter and former actress.
John Galsworthy: Author of Forsyth Saga lived on Kingston Hill
Jerome K Jerome: Though he didn’t live in Kingston, he wrote part of ‘Three Men in a Boat” from a room in a pub in the Market Square.
Enid Blyton: Born in East Dulwich but lived for some time at 207 Hook Road, Chessington.
Thomas Hardy and wife Emma. They lived at St. David’s Villa 13 Hook Road (now Midhurst flats) 1874 to 1875. He started writing The Hand of Ethelberta in this house.
George Meredith: Born in Portsmouth in 1828 and died in Boxhill. George Meredith was a poet and novelist who lived on London Rd from 1865-1868. The house, now gone and replaced by flats, is close to Birkenhead Avenue, near ASDA and Boots.
R C Sherriff writer of novels and screenplays including Journey’s End and Aces High. Academy Award and BAFTA nominee. Born Hampton Wick 1896 and died in Kingston in 1975.


Sir Terence Conran: Designer, writer, retailer and restaurateur was born in Kingston in 1931
Eadweard Muybridge: 1830 photographer and pioneer of motion in photography. Childhood home above Barkman Computers close to  Kingston police station.
Dr Thomas Barnado founder of Barnado children’s homes lived at number 51 Portsmouth Road at the corner of St Leonard’s Road.
John Richard Jefferies (6 November 1848 – 14 August 1887) An English nature writer lived at Woodside, Ewell Road in Tolworth.
Jimmy White: Snooker player lived number 10 Hook Road in late 1990s
Oliver Postgate: Of Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog and Clangers fame attended Kingston College of Art.
Cesar Picton: Black slave who became a ‘Gentleman and merchant’ lived in Kingston and Thames Ditton. Cesar Picton Senegal to Kingston upon Thames
Alfred Bestall: Illustrator of Rupert Bear lived at 58 Cranes Park in 2004 and Flat 8 Beaconsfield House 44 Ewell Road in Surbiton. Alfred continued to draw the front cover illustrations for the Rupert Bear Annuals until he was 81. He also lived on Villiers Rd and Guilford Avenue.

William Daniell: 1769–1837 Artist Land and seascape. Born in Kingston.
Nipper: 1884–1895 The dog in the logo of ‘His Master’s Voice’ HMV lived in Kingston and is buried beneath Lloyds Bank in Clarence Street Kingston. There is a commemorative plaque inside the bank foyer and the street to the rear of the bank was named Nipper Alley in 2010 in memory of the dog.

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