Here are 17 celebrities who have called Portsmouth area home at one time or another

FAMOUS faces have been calling Portsmouth home for over a century.

Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 5:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th March 2019, 5:56 pm
Celebrities who have called Portsmouth home
Celebrities who have called Portsmouth home

From those who are born in the city or just chose to come and live here for a time. Here are 17 you might not know who have called Portsmouth home over the years. 

Britain's Got Talent judge and former Wild at Heart star Amanda Holden was born in Portsmouth and grew up in nearby Bishop's Waltham.
A Place in the Sun presenter Amanda Lamb was born in Portsmouth in July 1972 and worked as an estate agent and part-time barmaid in Havant before becoming a model.

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While Arnie admittedly wasn't born in Portsmouth he did actually live and train in the city for a short time during the 1960s during his bodybuilder days - so hopefully 'He'll be Back'.
The creator of Sherlock Holmes opened a medical practice in Southsea in 1882 and while waiting for patients he returned to writing. He also played in goal for Portsmouth Association Football Club under the pseudonym AC Smith.
Actress and former Britain's Got Talent finalist, Bessie Cursons was born in Portsmouth in June 1995. She reached the final of the first season of BGT and has since starred in children's comedy-drama My Phone Genie
If the museum named in his honour hadn't given it away, legendary author Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in February 1812. He went on to write such great novels as Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities.
Acclaimed author, essayist and journalist Christopher Hitchens was born in Portsmouth in April 1949.
Honey Mitchell herself was born in Portsmouth! Eastenders star Emma Barton was born in the city in 1977 and attended Horndean Community School from 1989 to 1993 and later trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
Famed Victorian author H.G. Well, writer of The Time Machine and The War of the World, worked as a draper apprentice in Southsea between 1880 and 1883 which later inspired his novels The Wheels of Chance and Kipps
Former Olympic swimmer and world champion, Katy Sexton was born in Portsmouth in 1982. She became the first British swimmer to win a world championship title when she won the women's 200m backstroke in 2003.
Best known for co-presenting How Clean is Your House? Kim Woodburn was born in Portsmouth in March 1942. She spent the first part of her life in Eastney. She came in third place in the 2017 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.
Strictly Come Dancing star and Paralympian who won a silver medal in the paratriathlon at the 2016 Rio games. She studied at the University of Portsmouth.
Hollyoaks star Marcus Patrick was born in Gosport in August 1979. He has also starred in the last two festive pantomimes at the Kings Theatre, in Jack and the Beanstalk in 2016 and Snow White in 2017.
This television and Sony Award-nominated radio presenter (right) was born in Portsmouth in December 1985. He currently presents his own BBC Radio 1 show on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm.
Founding member of British-American rock band Foreigner, born in Portsmouth in December 1944. He started playing guitar at an early age and started out as a member of the band Nero and the Gladiators.
Beloved fantasy and comic book author Neil Gaiman - the mind behind American Gods and Sandman - grew up in Purbrook and Southsea in the 1960s and was actually born in Portchester!
Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling spent time living in Portsmouth during the 1870s - having been born in Bombay, India, he was sent along with his sister back to England to live with a couple in Southsea.