Was a celebrity at your Higher Manchester High? Discover the schools famous faces have attended


Greater Manchester has produced its fair share of famous faces.

Some of the best talent grew up in our region, from top athletes, world-class musicians, and award-winning actors.

Take Sir Ben Kingsley, for example, or Sir Ian McKellen, both of whom have forged remarkable careers in film, or the Gallagher brothers of the iconic band Oasis.

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The prominent figures who grew up here means they also attended schools throughout our region.

So do you remember a classmate who is now famous?

And do you have a fond memory of them as your claim to fame?

Here, we take a look at where some Greater Manchester celebrities studied, with the name of the school and some of the stars who were educated there:

Cheadle Hulme School

  • Journalist Nick Robinson
  • Actress Aimee Lou Wood from Netflix’s Sex Education
  • Actress Phoebe Dynevor from Netflix’s Bridgerton
  • Actor Richard Fleeshman of Coronation Street

Parrs Wood High School

  • Actress Holliday Grainger
  • Labor MPs Lisa Nandy and Lucy Powell

Crompton House K of E School

Monte San Jose College

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  • Comedian Peter Kay
  • Comedian Paddy McGuinness
  • Holder of most Olympic gold medals Jason Kenny

Stretford Grammar School

  • Actor Ian McShane
  • Entrepreneur Debbie Moore OBE, founder of Pineapple Dance Studios

Pendleton College

Benedict Wong

  • Actor Benito Wong
  • Actress Catherine Tyldesley
  • Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records
  • Sir Ben Kingsley
  • Simon Gerard McDonald, former diplomat

Moorside Grammar School

  • footballer ryan giggs
  • Actress Raffey Chamomile Cassidy
  • Actress Jorgen Porter from Hollyoaks
  • Composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
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Elton High School

Sky Sports broadcaster Gary Neville

  • Sports icons Phil, Gary and Tracey Neville
  • Hollyoaks actress Jazmine Franks
  • Hollyoaks actor Matt Littler
  • Cricketer Steve Kirby
  • Actress Georgia May Foote of Coronation Street

Altrincham Primary School for Boys

  • Ian Brown John Squire of Stone Roses
  • Actress Ashley Taylor Dawson from Hollyoaks
  • MP Sir Graham Stuart Brady, Chairman of the 1922 Committee
  • Actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths from Game of Thrones
  • Author Sir Ian Livingstone CBE

Burnage Grammar for Kids

  • Television producer John Smithson
  • Stephen Ashley Sherbourne, former Political Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Burnage High School for Boys

  • footballer wes brown
  • Economist Terence James O’Neill
  • Musician Aziz-Ur-Rahman Ibrahim

Barlow High School

  • Brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher from Oasis

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Tina O’Brien

  • Actress Tina O’Brien from Coronation Street actress
  • footballer Danny Welbeck

Droylsden High School

  • Singer Howard Donald of Take That

Hulme Primary School

Shobna Gulati

  • Actress Shobna Gulati from Coronation Street
  • Actress Sarah Lancashire from Happy Valley
  • Physicist Brian Cox

Bury Grammar School for Girls

  • Journalist Victoria Derbyshire
  • comedian victoria wood
  • TV producer Nicola Shindler OBE from Netflix’s Stay Close
  • Actress Amy Nuttall of Emmerdale

Ashton on Mersey School

  • Footballers Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard
  • Comedian Karl Pilkington

Saint Bede’s College

  • Journalist Nina Warhurst
  • Musician John Maher

Stockport Academy

  • Footballer Phil Foden
  • Labor Vice-President Angela Rayner

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Bugzy Malone

  • Actress Charley Webb of Emmerdale
  • Actor Jamie Lomas of Hollyoaks
  • Rapper Bugzy Malone
  • Actress Isobelle Steele from Emmerdale

The real way

  • Actor brothers Ryan and Adam Thomas
  • Actor Simon Gregson of Coronation Street

Wardley High School

  • Happy Mondays’ Bez, Paul Davis and Gary Whelan

Castlebrook High School

  • TV personality Gemma Atkinson
  • Footballer Trevor Sinclair
  • Basketball player Jodie Gibson

Manchester Secondary School for Girls

  • Announcer Emma Barnett
  • Businesswoman Jenny Campbell
  • Libby Lane, first female bishop of the Church of England

Bolton School

  • Singer Max George of The Wanted
  • Actor Sir Ian McKellen
  • The world of gardeners Carol Klein

Cardinal Langley Roman Catholic Secondary School

  • Soccer player Pablo Scholes
  • Comedian Steve Coogan
  • Musician Liam Fray of The Courteeners
  • Actress Suranne Jones

Thornleigh Salesian College

  • Jenny Ryan from Chase
  • Actress Ruth Madeley
  • Film director Danny Boyle

Do you know more celebrities who went to your high school? Let us know in the comments.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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