Norfolk has produced its fair share of famous faces.

With some talented individuals growing up here, they also attended schools in our beautiful county.

Here, we take a look at some of the schools in Norfolk and the celebrities who were educated there.

1. Gresham's, Holt

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Olivia Colman

Sarah Caroline Sinclair, better known by her stage name Olivia Colman, attended Gresham's and Norwich High School for Girls.

She has since become one of the UK's most celebrated actresses having won an Oscar, multiple film and TV BAFTAs, two Emmys, multiple Golden Globes, and countless other awards.

Ben and Tom Youngs

These rugby-playing brothers both attended Gresham's in Holt.

Ben plays for Leicester Tigers and holds the record for the most England caps by a male player with 127 appearances. 

Tom is now retired after playing hooker for Leicester Tigers and earning 28 caps for England.

2. Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School, Riddlesworth

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Princess Diana

The Princess of Wales started at Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School, an all-girls boarding school, at the age of nine.

Before this, she attended Silfield Private School in King's Lynn.

The school near Diss closed in April 2023 after more than 75 years due to "unprecedented financial challenges". 

3. Notre Dame, Norwich

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Tanya Burr

This Norwich-born YouTuber attended Notre Dame Sixth Form as well as Long Stratton High School.

She has more than three million subscribers on her YouTube account, which she has stepped away from to pursue acting.

She has since starred in Holby City, Bulletproof and Venice at Dawn.

Jim Chapman

With more than two million subscribers on YouTube, Jim Chapman was part of a popular group of British YouTubers that included the likes of Zoella, Joe Sugg, and Alfie Deyes.

He was married to fellow YouTuber Tanya Burr until 2019.

He also attended Old Buckenham High School and the University of East Anglia.

Munya Chawawa

This comedian spent his childhood in Zimbabwe but moved to Framingham Pigot in his youth.

His popularity grew during the pandemic in 2020 due to his parody news sketches and music released through Atlantic Records.

The 31-year-old now has 40 million likes on TikTok and presented the documentary called How to Survive a Dictator with Munya Chawawa.

4. Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, Gorleston-on-Sea

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From Great Yarmouth, Myleene Klass attended Cliff Park Ormiston Academy, when it was still Cliff Park High School, for part of her secondary school education.

She also went to Notre Dame.

After finishing her education in Norfolk, Myleene went on to be a member of Hear'Say and have a successful career as a TV presenter.

In March 2023 she opened the new IntoUniversity centre inside Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth. 

5. Great Yarmouth Charter Academy

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Jason Statham

Well-known for his roles in action films, Jason Statham attended this school when it was still the Great Yarmouth Grammar School.

He has since starred in the Fast & Furious and The Expendables franchises.

6. Ormiston Victory Academy, Costessey

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Sam Claflin

Born in Ipswich, Sam Claflin went to the then named Costessey High School where he was encouraged to pursue acting after being in a play.

He has since been in films such as the Hunger Games series and Me Before You and starred in Peaky Blinders.

For his performance in Daisy Jones & the Six, he was nominated for a best actor prize at the 2024 Golden Globes. 

7. The Hewett Academy, Norwich

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Jake Humphrey

Born in Peterborough, this television presenter is known for covering a variety of sports including football and Formula 1.

He went to Framingham Earl High School and The Hewett Academy, then Hewett School, for sixth form.

The 45-year-old has also established his production company Whisper Group as well as the successful High Performance podcast.

In May 2023,  he announced he would be giving up his lead presenter position with BT Sport, but said it had been "10 wonderful years".

Saraya-Jade Bevis

Better known by her wrestling name Paige, Saraya-Jade Bevis is a professional wrestler who was signed by WWE.

She has been portrayed by Oscar-nominee Florence Pugh in the film Fighting With My Family.

In 2022 she returned to the ring for the first time since a serious neck injury as part of All Elite Wrestling.

8. Taverham High School, Taverham

Cathy Dennis

Educated at Taverham High School, Cathy Dennis is an internationally known singer and songwriter.

She rose to prominence after her single C'mon and Get My Love and her debut album reached number three on the UK Charts.

She has also written pop hits such as Katy Perry's I Kissed a Girl, Britney Spears' Toxic, and Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out of My Head.

9. Lynn Grove Academy, Gorleston-on-Sea

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Bimini Bon-Boulash

This Great Yarmouth-born drag queen rose to prominence after competing in the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK where they placed as a runner-up.

They have since released a book, starred in multiple music videos and have been signed to Next Models in London.

Bimini has also recorded an EP called When The Party Ends in the summer of 2023. 

Hannah Spearritt

Known as a member of S Club 7, Hannah Spearritt attended both Lynn Grove Academy and East Norfolk Sixth Form College.

Since leaving S Club 7, she has focused on acting, landing roles in BBC's Primeval, Casualty, and EastEnders.

The 42-year-old is currently starring in the 2024 series of Dancing on Ice after she was "snubbed" from the S Club 7 reunion tour in the months following the death of her former bandmate and boyfriend Paul Cattermole.