It's fair to say that London is one of the biggest hubs for the rich and famous, and plenty of the best known stars were born and raised in Hounslow.

Plenty of musicians, actors and even national treasures have very strong links to the area and you may not have realised that they were either born or grew up just down the road from you.

From soap stars to iconic actors, musicians to comedians, we've compiled a list of 11 celebrities which you may not know grew up in Hounslow.

Phil Collins

Genesis front-man Phil Collins was born in Chiswick

Born in Chiswick in 1951, Phil Collins is one of the most successful musicians of modern history, with much of his fame coming as the drummer and singer of Genesis.

Getting his first toy drum kit at the age of 5, Phil was destined to spend his life on stage. At age 14, he began attending Barbara Speake Stage School in East Acton.

Many will have grown up listening to Genesis, but Phil's legacy doesn't end there, as kids growing up even now will know his voice from the soundtrack of Disney film Tarzan.

Pete Townshend

The Who guitarist Pete Townshend is a rock legend that was born in Hounslow

Hounslow certainly seems to be a hub of great musicians, as The Who guitarist Pete Townshend was also born in Chiswick in 1945. His future band-mate John Entwistle was born at the same hospital as Townshend, one year previously.

He spent much of his early life in Acton, where he went to school, and it was in 1961 that he first met Roger Daltrey, The Who's legendary front man.

Between 1961 and 1982, The Who toured the world, and became without question one of the most popular bands in the world. We're putting his success down to his Hounslow roots.

Sir David Attenborough

Since being born in Isleworth in 1926, the iconic presenter has become a much-loved national treasure.

He didn’t stay in Hounslow long when he was a child, mainly due to his father gaining a position at the University of Leicester (known at the time as University College in Leicester), which led to the family moving into the grounds of the University.

He is best known for writing and presenting a number of natural history and wildlife documentary series’ over the years, most recently Blue Planet II.

Freddie Mercury

Late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury grew up at his family’s home on Gladstone Avenue, in Feltham.

Although born in Zanzibar, Freddie moved to the borough aged 8 and went on to study A Level Art at Isleworth Polytechnic in Isleworth (now West Thames College), followed by a Diploma in Graphic Art and Design at Ealing College of Art in Ealing , where he met future Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.

To get himself through college he had to pick up jobs including washing dishes in kitchens at nearby Heathrow Airport.

It was in 1970 he changed his last name to Mercury, and with Taylor and May started a new band with himself as lead vocalist, and suggesting the name of Queen.

Vincent Van Gogh

The inspirational painter lived for three years in England as a young man, and chose to spend that time teaching and living in Isleworth.

Van Gogh lived in the borough from 1876-79, during which time he regularly walked past Brentford Dock.

Patsy Kensit

Patsy Kensit was born in Hounslow in 1968

Born in Hounslow in 1968, actress, model and former Strictly Come Dancing star Patsy Kensit attended several schools in the borough.

Her father, James, was an associate of the notorious Kray Twins, running fraudulent companies to make the gang money. Her first TV appearance came at the age of four when she appeared in a Birdseye advert, and she has since gone on to star in multiple TV shows such as Emmerdale.

Jimmy Carr

Comedian Jimmy Carr is a stand-up comedian and presenter

Funny man Jimmy Carr has built a successful career being a stand-up comedian and presenter.

But did you know that the 45-year-old, who has presented 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, was born in Isleworth?

Although he wasn’t educated in the capital, as his parents moved to south Buckinghamshire when he was young.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

English singer, songwriter and model Sophie Ellis-Bextor was born and raised in Hounslow.

Once the lead singer of indie rock band Theaudience, Sophie achieved success going solo and her debut album Read My Lips reached number two in the UK Albums Chart, with 2million copies sold worldwide.

The singer has since released five more albums, and most recently in September 2013 appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, where she finished fourth.

Mo Farah

The Olympic champion went to Feltham Community College and Isleworth & Syon School as he grew up in Hounslow, having moved to the area after his family fled Somalia.

Following his success at the London 2012 Olympics, post-boxes in Isleworth and Teddington, where he used to live, were even being painted gold.

Mo, who recently impressed in the London Marathon, is also a freeman of the borough, along with the gold medallist Pete Reed, who lived in Chiswick .

Hugh Grant

Although born in Hammermsith, Hugh Grant lived and went to school in Hounslow as a child, attending The William Hogarth School, in Chiswick.

The actor and film producer is probably best known for his roles in Love Actually, Bridget Jones’s Diary and Paddington 2.

Jay Sean

R&B star Jay Sean, who grew up in Heston, became famous after becoming the first UK urban act to top Billboard's Hot 100 chart, with Down in 2009.

The singer, who grew up in Vicarage Farm Road, was studying to be a doctor when he recorded his first single 'Dance With You' in 2003.

The song proved so successful he quit medicine and signed a contract with Virgin Records, going on to sell 300,000 copies of his debut album 'Me Against Myself' and score two UK top-10s.