Michael Caine, Princess Diana and Stephen Fry: Famous faces linked to King’s Lynn

Sir Michael Caine lived in North Runcton as a child evacuee during the Second World War. Photo: Dani

Sir Michael Caine lived in North Runcton as a child evacuee during the Second World War. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire - Credit: PA

From royalty to Hollywood stars, King's Lynn has seen a number of famous faces over the years. Take a look at some of the big names that have walked our very streets.

The statue of George Vancouver, King's Lynn's most famous son, faces the Great Ouse with the Custom

The statue of George Vancouver, King's Lynn's most famous son, faces the Great Ouse with the Custom House behind him. Picture: John Hocknell - Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

George Vancouver

The great explorer and Royal Navy officer was born in King's Lynn in 1757. He was one of the first explorers to discover and map the northern west coast of the American continent, now present-day Canada. Vancouver Island and Vancouver city are named after him.

The official unveiling of the life-size bronze statue of King John in King's Lynn town centre. Pictu

The official unveiling of the life-size bronze statue of King John in King's Lynn town centre. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King John

Sometimes referred to as 'England's worst monarch', King John granted the town a royal charter in 1204. Legend has it that King John passed through King's Lynn towards Lincoln in 1216 and lost his crown jewels in The Wash. A life-size, bronze statue of King John was erected on New Conduit Street in 2016.

The Queen at King's Lynn station, with station master Graeme Pratt. Picture: Ian Burt

The Queen at King's Lynn station, with station master Graeme Pratt. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen has made numerous visits to King's Lynn during her 65-year reign. The 90-year-old monarch stays in Sandringham with the Duke of Edinburgh during the Christmas period and catches the train from King's Lynn station to return to London.

The statue of Frederick Savage on London Road in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The statue of Frederick Savage on London Road in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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Frederick Savage

The inventor of fairground carousels was born in Hevingham and moved to King's Lynn in 1848 where he set up St. Nicholas Ironworks. He pioneered the gallopers merry-go-round and showmen engines still in use on most fairgrounds.

A delighted Sir Michael Caine with the Blue Plaque he unveiled outside the school he attended as a w

A delighted Sir Michael Caine with the Blue Plaque he unveiled outside the school he attended as a wartime evacuee in North Runcton. Photo: John Hocknell - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

Sir Michael Caine

The 84-year-old Oscar-winning actor lived in North Runcton as a child evacuee during the Second World War. He attended what was then known as King Edward VII Grammar School in Gaywood - not a lot of people know that.

Queen in 1976, with King's Lynn-born drummer Roger Taylor (second right). Photo: PA Wire

Queen in 1976, with King's Lynn-born drummer Roger Taylor (second right). Photo: PA Wire - Credit: PA

Roger Taylor

The drummer of Freddie Mercury's Queen was born in King's Lynn in 1949, where he briefly attended Gaywood Primary School before he and his family moved to Cornwall.

Diana, Princess of Wales, went to a private school in King's Lynn. Picture: John Stillwell/PA

Diana, Princess of Wales, went to a private school in King's Lynn. Picture: John Stillwell/PA - Credit: PA

Princess Diana

The Princess of Wales was born in Park House on the Sandringham Estate in 1961. Diana attended Silfield Private School on Gayton Road in Gaywood, which closed down in 2005.

Stephen Fry attended the College of West Anglia when it was then known as Norfolk College of Arts an

Stephen Fry attended the College of West Anglia when it was then known as Norfolk College of Arts and Technology. Picture Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Stephen Fry

The award-winning comedian and actor grew up in Booton near Reepham and attended the College of West Anglia in King's Lynn. He has strong ties to Norfolk, where he married comedian Elliot Spencer in Dereham and owns a country house near King's Lynn.

Jack Huston was born in King's Lynn and descended from aristocracy. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Jack Huston was born in King's Lynn and descended from aristocracy. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP - Credit: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Jack Huston

The Hollywood star - descended from nobility - was born in King's Lynn in 1982. He starred in HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Richard Harrow and had a supporting role in Oscar-nominated film American Hustle.

King's Lynn-born former Formula One driver Martin Brundle. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

King's Lynn-born former Formula One driver Martin Brundle. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Martin Brundle

The former Formula One driver and current Sky Sports commentator was born in King's Lynn in 1959. He began his racing career at just 12-years-old, competing in grass track racing in Pott Row.

Is there a celebrity we've missed? Email taz.ali@archant.co.uk

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