Were you in the same class as one of these Watford celebs?

Could you have gone to the same Watford-based school as someone famous? 

Whether you sat next to them in class or attended a few years later – you never know who might have gone on to have a glittering career in sports, music or more.

Here are some of the famous faces that attended schools in Watford:

Josh Lewsey

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Retired England rugby player Josh Lewsey MBE was part of the 2003 winning World Cup team. 

Born in Bromley he was raised in Sarratt where he attended Sarratt Church of England primary school.

He later attended Watford Grammar School for Boys and then attended the University of Bristol on a British Army bursary, graduating in 1998.

While at school he played for the Amersham and Chiltern Rugby Football Club. He first played for Wasps at 18 in their Colts side, before being selected for their senior team. In that season he made his first appearance for England, in the U19s against Italy.

Simon Munnery

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Comedian and comedy writer Simon Munnery attended Watford Boys in the late 70s and 80s. 

He read natural sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge but soon lost interest in science and joined the Footlights, an ammateur theatrical society that he later became vice-president of. 

He performs mainly to an alternative audience but has pierced the mainstream both with his BBC Radio 1 show in 1997 and his BBC 2 television series Attention Scum! in 2001.

Geri Horner

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Member of the iconic Spice Girls Geri Horner, previously Halliwell, is best known as being Ginger Spice in the five-piece 90s girl band. 

With over 85 million records sold worldwide, the group became the best-selling female group of all time.

She was born at Watford General and raised on a council estate in noth Watford. 

he was educated at Watford Grammar School for Girls and Camden School for Girls.

Her Union Jack dress from the 1997 Brit Awards also became an enduring symbol of girl power and the Spice Girls. 

Rita Simons

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Best-known for playing Roxy Mitchell in Eastenders, Rita Simons is also the niece of billionaire businessman Lord Alan Sugar.

She attended Watford Grammar School for Girls in the late 80s and early 90s. In December 2009 she revisited the school to open the Christmas fair. 

In 2018 she starred in  I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! where she was the fourth contestant to be eliminated. 

Simons has done a lot of work for charity, in 2005 she launched the RNID Christmas Concert where she announced that her daughter is deaf.

Priti Patel 

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Born and raised in London Priti Patel attended Westfield Technical College in Watford.

She later studied economics at Keele University and then pursued postgraduate studies in British government and politics at the University of Essex. 

The Conservatice politician is currently serving as Secretary of State for the Home Department and has held the role since 2019.

She previously served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2016 to 2017. 

Do you remember any of these famous faces at your school? Let us know in the comments.

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