Famous residents of Sevenoaks

Anton du beke, born in Sevenoaks

Anton Du Beke

Du Beke was born in Sevenoaks, Kent to a Spanish mother, Ascension, and a Hungarian father, Antal. He has two younger siblings, Veronica and Stephen.

He attended Wildernesse Boys School in Sevenoaks.

He began dancing at 14, when he discovered his local dance hall, Margaret Durrant School of Dance, now known as Lucy Lovick school of dance, and now under new ownership. He had gone to collect his sister from her dance class and reportedly was encouraged to join, there being only one other boy in the class. At that time in his life, Du Beke was a junior boxer and also played county football.

He left school at 16 to follow an amateur dancing career. At 17 he decided to specialise in ballroom. Whilst he danced during the evenings and at weekends he had a day job as a salesman in "The Bed Post" in Petts Wood, South London.

Cathy Gilliat Smith, born in Sevenoaks

Cathy Gilliat-Smith

Cathy Gilliat-Smith was born March 19, 1981 in Sevenoaks, Kent.

She is an English field hockey player forward. She made her senior international debut for the England women's national field hockey team in 2002.

She plays in the English hockey league with Canterbury Hockey Club. With the English team, she has won a bronze medal at the 2007 Eurohockey Nation Championships in Manchester and also in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

She combines her hockey career with the profession of teacher at Sevenoaks School.

Gloria Hunniford lives in Sevenoaks

Gloria Hunniford

She lives in Sevenoaks, Kent and where her daughter Caron died. This led to her setting up a cancer charity in her daughter's name.

Hunniford was the first woman to have her own daily radio show on BBC Radio 2, starting off with the lunchtime show before moving to the early afternoon slot in 1985 where she remained for 10 years.

She also hosted Sounding Brass a phone-in request programme with a live brass band.

Gloria married celebrity hairdresser Stephen Way in Tunbridge Wells in September 1998 and has a holiday home in Fowey, Cornwall

Andy Titterrell went to school in Sevenoaks

Andy Titterrell

Titterrell was educated at the Hugh Christie Technology College in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks School and started playing rugby union at the age of seven at the Sevenoaks club which also nurtured England prop David Flatman and Sevens specialist Tony Roques.

After learning the game in Kent, he had spells with Saracens and Waterloo before joining Sale Sharks in 2001. His first game for Sale was against French club Auch in 2001. Capped by England at schoolboy and U21 level and was first capped for England A against Ireland A in 2002. He caught the eye of Clive Woodward with a dynamic display on his first start for England A against Scotland A in March 2002. He gained his second A cap against Italy A in 2003 and shared in England's Churchill Cup success in Canada. He won a place in the England Elite Player Squad for 2003.

In 2004, Titterrell earned England A selection against France A in their narrow defeat in Perpignan. He took part in the 2004 senior Summer tour, earning his first senior cap, coming off the bench against the All Blacks in Auckland. He added another when arriving as replacement against Canada in November 2004.

In 2005 Titterrell was a surprise selection for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand ahead of more experienced players

In the 2005/2006 Guinness Premiership, Titterrell played every game for Sale Sharks and was a key catalyst for the teams victory in May. Titterrell only missed 1 game during the whole season for the Sharks which was against Llanelli Scarlets in the Powergen Cup.

On the 3rd April 2007, Titterrell joined Gloucester Rugby on a 3 year deal.

On the 12th April 2009, It was announced that Titterrell had been released by Gloucester. But subsequently in November 2009 joined Leeds Carnegie on a three-month contract[1] that was later renewed until the end of the season.