Bromley has been home to a surprising number of celebrities.

If the town had its own wall of fame, these actors, musicians, and sporting stars would definitely top the list:

Julie Andrews

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Dame Julie Andrews (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Actress Julie Andrews lived on Cromwell Road in Beckenham for several years including during the Second World War. She went to Woodbrook School for Girls in Hayne Road, enrolling in September 1945. 

Andrews made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins (1964) and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the title role. She starred in The Sound of Music (1965), playing Maria von Trapp and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

David Bowie

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David Bowie was born in Brixton but lived in Plaistow Grove, Bromley for most of his childhood.

Bowie went to Bromley Technical High School in 1958, which is now know as Ravens Wood. Bowie’s musical career was centred around Bromley and Beckenham, and he played gigs at various places including Chislehurst Caves, the Three Tuns pub (now Zizzi) and the Bromley Court Hotel.

Enid Bylton

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Author Enid Blyton lived in Shortlands between 1926 and 1929. There is now a blue plaque located at 83 Shortlands Road in memory of her.

Best known for works like The Secret Seven, The Famous Five and The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton was a world-wide bestselling author and sold more than 500 million copies of her books.

Pixie Lott

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Pixie Lott (Matt Crossick/PA)

Singer Pixie Lott was born in Bromley in 1991 and began her singing career in church school.

Lott has had three albums that reached the top ten, and is best known for her singles Mama Do, Boys and Girls, and All About Tonight. She also participated in series 12 of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and was the tenth to leave.

Dina Asher-Smith

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Dina Asher Smith celebrates becoming the first British woman to run the 100m in under 11 seconds (Martin Rickett/PA)

Dina Asher-Smith is a British sprinter and Olympic gold and silver medallist and attended the Newstead Woods School.

As a member of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club, she went on to compete in many competitions, including the Olympics and European championships.

Jack Dee

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Bromley born comedian Jack Dee is also a presenter, actor and writer famed for his hilarious dry sense of humour and sarcasm.

Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

Politician Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader, was born on the outskirts of Bromley in Downe.

Farage attended Dulwich College and still lives locally to this day.

Billy Idol 

After being born in Middlesex in 1955, Idol's family moved around a bit, including a stint in New York.

They then settled in Bromley where Idol attended the Ravensbourne School for Boys, now known as The Ravensbourne School on Hayes Lane.


The science fiction writer H.G. Wells was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.

Wells is best known as the author of War of the Worlds, and you can see a blue plaque to commemorate his birthplace on the front of the shop.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was born in 1809 and spent most of his life at Down House on the outskirts of Bromley.

Darwin is most famous for being a biologist and scientist, developing the theory of natural selection, which he explored in his groundbreaking book ‘On the Origin of Species’.

His home at Down House, in Downe, Kent, is now owned by English Heritage.