It is no secret that Hillingdon has a long and rich history, but did you know quite a few famous celebrities went to school in the London borough?

From Bishopshalt School, in Uxbridge, to Vyners Grammar School, in Ickenham, a number of schools across the borough can boast some famous faces in their alumni.

Some well-known presenters, singers and sports stars have all been educated in Hillingdon, so getwestlondon decided to take a look at a few of the most famous ones.

How many did you know were educated in the borough?

Claire Richards

Claire Richards (bottom right) with her band Steps

Claire Richards was a part of British pop phenomenon Steps from their start in 1997 to their Boxing Day split in 2001.

She grew up in Hillingdon and attended Bishopshalt School before her pop career.

Since the collapse of Steps, she has continued to sing, partnering with former bandmate H for some time, and is now a regular panelist on Loose Women.

Lorraine Heggessey

Lorraine Heggessey was appointed the first female controller for BBC One

Lorraine Heggessey is a British television producer and executive who went to Vyners Grammar School.

She is notable as having been the first woman to be controller of BBC One from 2000 until 2005.

Her first job was as a trainee reporter on the Acton Gazette.

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton has had a successful television career

Fearne Cotton was born in Northwood and grew up in Eastcote, before going on to be a popular TV and radio presenter and a successful entrepreneur.

The presenter, who has appeared on shows such as Celebrity Juice, studied at Haydon School.

Her TV career began in 1996 when, at the age of just 15, she won a competition to be a GMTV television presenter. Eventually she conquered the BBC to present Top of the Pops as well as a Radio 1 show.

Cotton is also the face of Very.co.uk, an online retailer which replaced Littlewoods Direct.

Neil Shipperley

Neil Shipperley played in the Premier League for a host of teams

Neil Shipperley attended Bishopshalt School ahead of his football career.

The former Hillingdon resident played as a centre forward from 1992 until 2007, playing in the Premier League for Chelsea, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.

Following retirement, he moved into football management.

Luisa Bradshaw-White

Luisa Bradshaw-White (right) starring in EastEnders

Former Haydon School pupil Luisa Bradshaw-White is best known for playing Tina Carter in EastEnders and previously for her roles on Bad Girls and Holby City.

She first became known for playing the role of Maria in BBC's Grange Hill.

Luisa was born in Eastcote and attended the Pinner school.

Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison won gold at the Olympics

Audley Harrison, super-heavyweight gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for Great Britain, attended Northwood School and studied at Brunel University.

Audley won 31 of his 38 fights and knocked out 23 of his opponents. He was the European heavyweight champion and became the first boxer to win the Prizefighter tournament twice.

Harrison retired in 2013, before appearing in Big Brother and competing in Celebrity Masterchef.

Russell Grant

Astrologer Russell Grant

Russell Grant, a British astrologer and media personality, went to Abbotsfield School, in Uxbridge.

The 67-year-old has written several books on astrology and has taken part in Strictly Come Dancing, Celebrity Masterchef and Celebrity Fit Club.

Sue Cook

Radio and TV presenter Sue Cook

Before becoming a much-loved TV presenter, Sue Cook was born in Ickenham and attended nearby Glebe Primary School and Vyners School, in Uxbridge.

She became a Capital and BBC Radio DJ, before presenting Nationwide, Breakfast Time and Children in Need.

She's also portrayed as a friend of one of Britain's most beloved comedy characters, Alan Partridge.