Actor Martin Freeman pictured in 2019 (Credit: Sebastian Reuter/WireImage)
You probably wouldn’t expect Aldershot in Hampshire to be the birthplace of many famous faces.
However, you may well be surprised to know that the town has produced a number of celebrities who have made a name for themselves in their chosen profession.
From award winning actors to sports stars, this list contains seven celebrities who were born in Aldershot.
Daughter of a British paratrooper, former model Heather Mills was born in Aldershot in 1968.
Mills first garnered public and media attention in 1993 after her left leg was amputated below her knee following a traffic collision with a police motorcycle.
Mills continued to model and used the compensation money from her injury to set up the Heather Mills Health Trust.
In 2002, she married music legend Sir Paul McCartney.
Since her marriage to the Beatles star ended in 2008, she has been heavily involved in animal rights advocacy.
Mills has also taken part in Dancing on Ice and the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with the Stars.
Novelist and screenwriter Ian McEwan’s works have earned him worldwide critical acclaim.
Born in Aldershot in 1948 whilst his dad was based their serving with the army, McEwan would go on to study English literature at University before becoming a published author in 1975.
In 1998, his work Amsterdam won the Man Booker Prize, an award he has been nominated for on six separate occasions.
A number of his books have been turned into films, including Oscar winning Atonement and the 2017 movie On Chesil Beach.
Award winning actor Martin Freeman is best known for his work in TV and film, but did you know he was born here in Aldershot?
The youngest of five, Martin was born in the town in 1971. After attending college in nearby Surrey, he would go on to study drama in London where he currently resides.
In the early noughties, Freeman starred in a number of TV shows and movies, including The Office, Ali G Indahouse, Love Actually and Shaun of the Dead.
More recently Martin was selected to play the role of a young Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit film series and joined the marvel cinematic universe as Everett K. Ross in Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther.
Between 2010 and 2017 he also played Dr. John Watson in the British Crime Drama series Sherlock.
Daniel Robert Middleton, better known by his internet persona DanTDM, is a YouTuber and gamer known for his video game commentaries who has become a multi-millionaire.
In 2017, Dan topped Forbes list of highest paid YouTude stars, earning a reported £12.2 million over the year.
The 29-year-old still lives locally with his childhood sweetheart Jemma, who he has since married, and their one-year-old son Asher.
As of January 2021, he has 24 million subscribers on his main channel.
Madame Tusuads Blackpool have also previously announced that the content creator will be getting his own waxwork.
Another one on our list to have been born to a military family, Alex Reid was born in Aldershot in 1975 whilst his father was serving as a paratrooper.
A former professional mixed martial artist who made his debut in 2000, Reid has fought in promotions such as Cage Rage and BAMMA and has competed in 22 fights, winning ten.
Reid, who has also been a professional kickboxer, is perhaps best known for his short lived marriage to media personality and former Page 3 girl Katie Price, a relationship which garnered much tabloid attention.
In 2010 Reid won Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother.
Darts superstar and current PDC world number seven James Wade has now been playing competitive darts for close to two decades.
“The Machine” made his television debut in the 2003 BDO World Championships, and since joining the PDC in 2004 has tested himself against the world’s best.
The former Aldershot garage worker has reached three world championship semi-finals and has won a number of competitions including the Premier League, the UK Open and the World Matchplay.
In 2008, the left-handed thrower became the first player to beat Phil Taylor in the Premier League.
The man who famously brought Dennis Bergkamp to Arsenal, Rioch played professional football and managed for over four decades.
Born to Scottish parents, Rioch was born in Aldershot in 1947 whilst his father was serving in the Scots Guards.
After his family moved to Luton when he was 14, Rioch joined local side Luton Town for who he would turn professional with in 1964. His playing career saw him play for clubs including Aston Villa and Everton and the midfielder would make 24 caps for Scotland.
After retiring from playing, Rioch managed a number of clubs, including Middlesborough, Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal.
His most recent managerial appointment was a spell in Denmark with Aalborg in 2008.
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