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

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

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