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5 Famous Males Who Went to School in Sussex

by Julie Kempson, Mar 2019

Apart from our most recent claim to fame, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, what other famous well known males is Sussex famous for?  What male celebrities were born in Sussex or went to school in Sussex.  Do you know?  

The cleaners at Well Polished Crawley have selected their top 5 most famous males!


Aside of singlehandedly helping the waistcoat to make a comeback, Gareth Southgate is probably best known as the manager of the England National Football team. But did you know that he attended Pound Hill Junior School and Hazelwick School in Crawley?


Nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor when he played Stephen Hawking in Hawking and probably best known for his role as Sherlock Holmes, Benedict was educated at Brambletye School in East Grinstead.  


Well known journalist/writer/television presenter and former talent show judge, currently working on the ITV Breakfast programme “Good Morning Britain” was born in Newick and attended Chailey Comprehensive Secondary School near Lewes, East Sussex.


Comedian and funnyman Romesh grew up in Broadfield in Crawley and was a former pupil at Hazelwick School, where he eventually went on to become a maths teacher and Head of the 6th Form at the same school.   He claims now that he gets noticed in Crawley more for being a former teacher than he does for his numerous television appearances.    Have you seen him around in Crawley?


Winner of decathlon gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, Daley Thompson trained in Crawley and also studied biology, geography and physics at the former Crawley College of Technology (now Crawley College).  Over recent years he has been back to Crawley to hold training sessions in the K2

Any other famous males you know about?   Then let us know at Well Polished Crawley!