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Among those who were born in the
London Borough of Croydon, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):
Feroz Abbasi, arrested in Afghanistan in 2001 and detained at Guantanamo Bay, lived in Shirley and attended school in Croydon.
Adegbenga Adejumo (1987–), Croydon born Dubstep producer known as Benga.
Allan Ahlberg (1938–), children's writer (Penguin)
Dame Peggy Ashcroft (1907–1991), Actress was born in Croydon and lived in George Street as a child. She is honoured in the naming of the Ashcroft Theatre, part of the Fairfield Halls. She was a school friend of architect Jane Drew [1 ]
Baron Ali (1964–), Born and raised in the north of Croydon. Waheed Alli is a multimillionaire media entrepreneur and politician. Co-founder of Planet 24 TV production company, and MD at Carlton Television. Currently chairman of ASOS.com and Chorion Ltd. A Labour peer and one of very few openly gay Muslim politicians in the world.
Jeannie Baker (1940–), artist, author, designer and animator
Jon Benjamin (1964–), Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews since 2005, was born and grew up in Croydon, and educated at Park Hill Primary School and Dulwich College.
Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury (1883–1896) lived at Addington Palace. Invented Christmas tradition of Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Cicely Mary Barker (1895–1973), Illustrator and artist who created the famous Flower Fairies books, was born in Croydon and lived locally. She studied at the Croydon School of Art.
Jeff Beck (1944–), guitarist
Keith Berry (1973–), musician & composer
Frederick Betts (1859–1944), who donated Betts Park and built large areas in Croydon and Penge.
James Booth (1927–2005), actor (Zulu) [2 ] [3 ]
Emily Blunt (1983–), actress, her and husband John Krasinski own an apartment in East Croydon
Dane Bowers (1979–), singer attended Trinity School.
Derren Brown, illusionist, was born and brought up in Purley.
James Buckley, actor, best known for playing Jay Cartwright in The Inbetweeners. [4 ]
Raymond Burns (1954–), musician, member of punk rock band the Damned. He is also known by the name Captain Sensible.
Mark Butcher (1972–), in Croydon – Surrey and England cricketer, attended Trinity School.
Alison Carroll, actress.
Raymond Chandler (1888–1959), screen writer and author.
Klariza Clayton (1989–), actress.
Martin Clunes (1961–), actor – resident
Carlton Cole, footballer, born in Croydon, played for Chelsea, currently playing for West Ham United
Ronnie Corbett, the comic actor has lived for many years in Shirley, Croydon
Frederick George Creed (1871–1957), Electrical engineer and inventor of the Teleprinter lived and died at 20 Outram Road, Addiscombe.
Tasha Danvers-Smith (1977–), champion hurdler
Desmond Dekker (1941–2006) Legendary Ska musician lived in Thornton Heath.
R.F. Delderfield (1912-1972), writer & dramatist lived at 22 Ashburton Avenue, Addiscombe from 1918 to 1923. His "Avenue" series is based on his life in Addiscombe & Shirley Park and many of his works were adapted for television.
Luol Deng (1985–), basketball player for the Chicago Bulls and Great Britain raised in South Norwood
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) author and creator of Sherlock Holmes, lived at 12 Tennison Road, South Norwood 1891–1894.
Jane Drew (1911–1996), architect and town planner was born at 8 Parchmore Road, Thornton Heath. She went to Croydon High School and was a school friend of Dame Peggy Ashcroft.
Jacqueline du Pré (1945–1987), A British cellist, acknowledged as one of the greatest players of the instrument, but whose career was cut short by multiple sclerosis. Lived in Purley and attended Croydon High School.
Bertrand Dawson (1864–1945), was a physician to the British Royal Family and President of the Royal College of Physicians.
Noel Fielding (1973–), comedian, writer, actor, artist, co-creator of The Mighty Boosh
Matthew Fisher (1946–), musician, Procol Harum, Composer of Whiter Shade of Pale
Alexander Francis (1995–), musician, composer
Vincent Frank (1985–), musician, Frankmusik
Donna Fraser (1972–), international athlete Neil Fraser (1955–), dub musician/producer (AKA
Ian Frazer, poker player
Charles Burgess Fry (1872–1956), polymath – sportsman, politician, teacher, writer, editor, publisher
Will Hay (1888–1949), Comic actor lived at 45 The Chase, Norbury 1927–1934.
Sir Francis Bond Head (1793–1875), soldier, traveller, author and Lieut. Governor of Upper Canada (1836–1838), had his home at Duppas Hill, Croydon
Chris Heath 1959 actor, author, comedienne
Roy Hodgson, football manager and former player, born in Croydon
Joseph Holbrooke (1822–1876), composer of stage, choral, and orchestral music
Roy Hudd Comedian was born in Croydon in 1936. [6 ] [7 ]
Leonard F. Jarrett (1921–) – Croydon born, former Director of Administration of the World Scout Bureau, and former World Organizer of Scoutings's Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) for thirty years.
Oliver Jones (1986–) – Croydon born Dubstep producer otherwise known as Skream.
Finn Jones (1988–) – Croydon raised.
Kirsty MacColl (1959–2000), singer and songwriter was born and grew up in Croydon
Miles Malleson (1888–1969), actor and dramatist was born in Croydon [11 ] [12 ]
David McAlmont (1967–), British vocalist and songwriter was born in Croydon on 2 May.
Duke McKenzie (1963–), world champion boxer
Ralph McTell (1944–), musician, composer of Streets of London
Katie Melua (1984–), singer, songwriter, musician who went to the Brit School for Performing Arts at Selhurst, Croydon
Graham Moodie (1981–), Olympic hockey player
Kate Moss (1974–), model [13 ]
Malcolm Muggeridge (1903–1990), author and media personality was the son of H. T. Muggeridge, a prominent Croydon Labour councillor. He also taught at John Ruskin Central School in the 1920s
Sue Perkins (1969–), comedienne, writer, performer
Lucy Porter, comedienne was raised in Croydon.
Simon Prebble (1942–), actor/narrator
Luke Pritchard, lead singer of The Kooks, attended the Brit School, Croydon
David Prowse, actor, aka Darth Vader in Star wars, born in Bristol, lives in Addiscombe, Croydon for over 40 years.
Chris Reed (1982–), BBC Radio One Dubstep & Grime DJ/Producer (AKA
Jamie Reid (1947–), situationist, artist, graphic designer
Robert Reid, Formula 1 driver, lives in a flat in South Croydon
Susanna Reid (1970– ), BBC television presenter, was born in Croydon, attended Croham Hurst School and Croydon High School
Nigel Reo-Coker, current English midfielder, born in Thornton Heath who is playing for Bolton Wanderers and formerly of Wimbledon F.C., West Ham United and Aston Villa.
Martyn Rooney (1987–), international sprinter
John Ruskin (1819–1900) Art critic and social theorist spent much of childhood in Croydon at his mother's family home and visited often as an adult. His parents are buried in Shirley.
Bridget Riley (1931–), an English painter who is one of the foremost proponents of op art, born in Norbury
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913), Naturalist lived at 44 St Peter's Road, Croydon. He independently proposed a theory of evolution by natural selection and prompted Charles Darwin to reveal his own unpublished theory sooner than he had intended.
John Whitgift (ca. 1530–1604), Archbishop of Canterbury is buried in the Parish Church of St John the Baptist. Several other Archbishops are buried in the Parish Church or St Mary's in Addington.
Rickie Haywood Williams (1982–), TV and radio presenter currently working for MTV and Kiss 100 London
Amy Winehouse (1983–2011), singer who attended Brit School, Croydon
Wilfred Wood served as Bishop of Croydon 1985–2002, the first black Church of England bishop.
Edward Woodward (1930–2009), born in Croydon, actor [15 ] [16 ]
Ian Wright MBE, former Crystal Palace, Arsenal and England football team footballer lives in Shirley.
Matthew Wright, British Journalist and Television Presenter born and resides in Croydon.
Tom Wright (1957–), architect of Burj Al Arab
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