Famous Faces from Wimbledon

We’ve listed just some of the perhaps more well-known famous people from the Wimbledon area – how many did you know were born or lived here?

James Hunt

Formula One world champion and commentator James Hunt was born down the road in Belmont but lived in Wimbledon for over a decade and was well known for driving his Austin A35 around the area. He died prematurely of a heart attack in 1993 aged 45. His rivalry with Niki Lauda in the 1976 season was immortalised in the film Rush.

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Oliver Reed

BAFTA-nominated actor Oliver Reed, known for starring roles in films such as Women in Love, Oliver! and The Three Musketeers, was born in Wimbledon in 1938. He sadly died in 1999 in Malta whilst filming the role of Proximo in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator.

Hugh Dowding

Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, lived in St. Mary’s Road during WWII. The house where he lived has a blue plaque.

Lord Nelson

Lord Horatio Nelson lived on an estate called Merton Place with his wife Emma Hamilton from 1801 until his death in 1805. Following his death the house remained empty until its demolition in 1823.

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Charley Boorman

TV presenter and adventurer Charley Boorman was born in in Wimbledon in 1966. He is also a travel writer and an actor, also being known as being a motorbike enthusiast, as demonstrated in his travel series Long Way Round and Long Way Down with actor Ewan McGregor.

Martin Clunes

Born in Wimbledon in 1961 Martin Clunes has gone on to star in numerous television and film roles including, No Place Like Home, Men Behaving Badly, and Doc Martin. He was educated nearby at The Royal Russell School in Croydon.

Davina McCall

Davina is best known as presenter of reality series Big Brother during its run on Channel 4 between 2000 and 2010. She is also the face of cosmetics brand Garnier and Swarfega. She was born in Wimbledon in October 1967.

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Marcus Mumford

Musician Marcus Mumford formed indie-folk band Mumford & Sons. He grew up on Chatsworth Avenue and attended Kings College School where he met future band member Ben Lovett.

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The Jackass stuntman, whose real name is Stephen Gilchrist Glover, was born in Wimbledon. He also lived in Canada, Brazil, Venezuela and Uganda before eventually settling in the United States.

Jamie T

The singer-songwriter was born in Wimbledon and attended the Hall School. He then went to Richmond upon Thames College for his A-levels.

William Wilberforce

The slave trade abolition movement leader moved to Wimbledon at the age of nine to live with his uncle and aunt, who resided at St James’ Place.

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