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Among those who were born in the London Borough of Sutton, or have dwelt within the borders of the modern borough are (alphabetical order):
- Kim Acourt, Glamour model
- Martin Adams, BDO Darts World Champion was born in Sutton
- Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, world-class sprinter, attended Greenshaw High School
- Joan Armatrading, singer-songwriter & musician, lived in Sutton in the 1970s.
- Tony Barton, Aston Villa's 1982 European Cup winning manager was from Sutton
- David Bellamy, broadcaster and botanist attended Sutton Grammar School
- Sir Nicholas Carew, sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, Master of the King's Horse, executed by Henry VIII
- Sir Francis Carew, grandson of the above, of Beddington Park, Elizabethan horticulturalist
- Noël Coward, actor and playwright lived in Lenham Road, Sutton until the age of six
- Quentin Crisp Writer and gay icon
- Clark Datchler, lead singer of Johnny Hates Jazz
- David Fletcher (cricketer), former Surrey cricketer
- Bradley McIntosh, member of former chart topping band S Club 7, attended Greenshaw High School.
- Katie Melua, award winning singer, songwriter and musician, lived on Gander Green lane and attended Nonsuch High School for girls
- Brian Paddick, the British Liberal Democrat politician attended Sutton Grammar School for Boys
- Mike Parry, author, journalist, radio host and controversialist
- Sidney Richard Percy, painter lived in Mulgrave Road, Sutton.
- Conrad Pugsley, known as the Wizard Man of Sutton
- Michael Reeves, writer and director of horror classic Witchfinder General
- The Rolling Stones were discovered at the then Red Lion pub (now the Winning Post) in Sutton. It was also at the pub that, on 23 January 1963, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman became permanent members of The Rolling Stones.
- Joanna Rowsell, world championship gold medal cyclist
- Sir Harry Secombe, the humourist, singer, comedian, entertainer and member of the Goon Show cast was a local resident and personality. The Secombe Theatre in Sutton is named after him.
- Melanie South, British tennis player, attended Nonsuch High School for girls
- Neil Sullivan, Sutton-born Scottish international goalkeeper
- Graham Sutherland, painter, etcher and designer attended Homefield Preparatory School, Sutton
- Barry Tebb poet, novelist, editor, translator, founder of Sixties Press and mental health campaigner
- David Weir, British Paralympic wheelchair athlete