With its beautiful beaches, rural landscape and fine food, Cornwall is a magnet for the rich and famous.

However, it has also been home to many children who at the time were unknown, but would one day grow up to be celebrities.

Actors, TV presenters, and even famous scientists, there are many familiar faces who were educated in the county - take a look and see how many of these you knew about.

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5 celebrities who went to school in Cornwall

Phillip Schofield

National treasure Phillip Schofield is best known for presenting ITV’s This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby. He is also a Dancing on Ice co-presenter and hosts popular game show The Cube.

Readers of a certain age will remember him as a BBC children’s TV star, first in The Broom Cupboard with Gordon the Gopher before moving on to Going Live! On Saturday mornings.

Although born in Oldham, Lancashire, the 60-year-old grew up in Newquay, Cornwall, where he attended Trenance Infant School and Newquay Tretherras School.

Thandie Newton

You might recognise actor Thandie Newton for her roles in films including Nyah Nordoff-Hall in Mission: Impossible 2, Dame Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick, Libby in Run Fatboy Run, Condoleezza Rice in W. and Val in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Her TV career includes playing a sentient android, the madam Maeve Millay, in HBO sci-fi series Westworld and DCI Roz Huntley in the BBC drama series Line of Duty.

The 49-year-old has received various awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a British Academy Film Award, in addition to nominations for two Golden Globe Awards.

Born in London before moving to Zambia, her family finally settled in Penzance when she was three years old going to St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School there.

Sir Patrick Vallance

Falmouth Packet: Sir Patrick Vallance went to school in Cornwall. Picture: PASir Patrick Vallance went to school in Cornwall. Picture: PA

Unless you slept through pandemic, you can’t help but recognise Sir Patrick Vallance.

The physician, scientist, and clinical pharmacologist has served as the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser since 2018, seeing him appear alongside prime minister Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer for England, Chris Whitty, in televised Covid-19 briefings.

Born in Essex, the 62-year-old was educated at the independent Truro School before gaining entry to study medicine at St George's, University of London.

Morwenna Banks

Comedy actor, writer and producer, Morwenna Banks has had a varied TV and voice roles career.

You might recognise the 60-year-old's face from shows including BBC series The Thick of It, Red Dwarf, Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul, Steve Coogan's Saxondale, E4 Teen drama Skins and Shameless.

Younger readers, and their parents, might also know her voice from roles include Claire Feeble in Stressed Eric, Mummy Pig in Peppa Pig, the witches in Meg and Mog, and Queen Marigold in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom.

Before heading for Cambridge University and the Cambridge Footlights, Banks attended Truro High School for Girls.

Sam Palladio

Actor and musician, Sam Palladio, is best known for his starring role as Gunnar Scott in the ABC musical drama series Nashville. He has also had recurring roles on comedy Episodes and science fiction series Humans.

Born in Kent, he was brought up in Penzance, educated at Humphry Davy School and Truro College.