5 celebrities who went to school in Brighton & Hove you might not know

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

However, it also hosted a number of children who at the time were unknown but would one day become celebrities.

There are a few famous faces you can’t help but know who have spent at least some time studying in the area, for example Winston Churchill who has a plaque marking his time at Misses Thompson 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’s an alumnus of Blatchington Mill School.

However, there are a few celebrities you might recognize who you didn’t know 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 Ringmer Community College and Vardean College in the city.

Alfie Deyes

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

He also attended Varndean College as a youth.

Tamzin Merchant

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

Most recently, in 2021, she wrote the children’s book The Hatmakers.

Prior to all of this, she was a student at Brighton College before graduating 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 at 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 Brits. Awards 2021, as well as the 2021 Mercury Prize.


Legendary broadcaster, Des Lynam, has become the face of the sport, presenting The Stand, Match of the Day, Wimbledon, Grand National, Sportsnight, World Cup and Olympics.

His non-sports 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 six, before attending Varndean Grammar School.

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