The Famous of Ryde

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by Juliet Rogers

Keep your eyes peeled, there’s plenty of famous people around these parts..! Do you know of any others that aren’t on the list? Drop us an email at!

Born here:

  • Iggy Azalea – born in Ryde Hospital (but grew up in Mullumbimby, NSW). Tanya (Iggy’s mum) went to Marist Sisters in Woolwich.


Once lived here:

  • Banjo Paterson – Australian bush poet (author of Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River). Lived in the house which is now the Banjo Paterson Cottage Restaurant in Gladesville.
  • Granny Smith (Maria Ann Smith) – propagated the Granny Smith apple in Eastwood in 1868. Originally from the UK but is buried at St Anne’s Church, Ryde.
  • James Squire – brewer. Convict from the UK who lived and died in Kissing Point. The original brewery was in a pub near Kissing Point.
  • Woollarawarre Bennelong – indigenous figure from colonial history – a senior man of the Eora people of Port Jackson. Died at Kissing Point and buried in the orchard of James Squire.
  • Cate Blanchett – actress and theatre director. Former resident of Hunters Hill and children attended Hunters Hill High and Riverview Schools.
  • Andrew Upton – playwright, screenwriter, and director, and husband of Cate Blanchett. Lived in Hunters Hill.
  • Ernie Dingo – Indigenous Australian actor, presenter and comedian. Former resident of Ryde.
  • Shane Warne – Australian cricketer and commentator. Formerly Gladesville resident.
  • Leonard Arthur ‘Lenny’ McPherson – notorious Australian career criminal. Former Gladesville resident.
  • Graeme Hughes – Rugby League sportsman and broadcaster. Former resident of Ryde.
  • Kyle Sandilands- The infamous presenter once lived on the Hunters Hill peninsula.
  • Peter Gilmore – executive chef of Quay and creator of the “snow egg” grew up in West Ryde.
  • James Tedesco – West Tigers and NSW Blues player born and bred in Ryde.
  • Paul Sironen – West Tigers and NSW Blues player born and bred in East Ryde.
  • Blocker Roach – West Tigers and NSW Blues player born and bred in East Ryde.
  • Brett Lee – Cricketer, lived in Gladesville.
  • Greg Matthews – Cricketer, lived in West Ryde


Went to school here:

  • Emma Watkins – once teen queen of the Granny Smith Festival and now the Yellow Wiggle. Attended North Ryde Community Preschool.
  • The Wiggles – originally The Cockroaches, started at Macquarie University.
  • Jodhi Meares – glamour model and fashion designer. Attended Hunters Hill High School.
  • Rose Byrne – Australian actress. Attended Hunters Hill High School.
  • Gladys Berejiklian – 45th Premier of NSW. Attended Peter Board High School.
  • Justice Crew – pop group. Members went to Hunters Hill High, Ryde East and Kent Road Schools.
  • The West Tigers – Professional NRL club. Many of its players attended Holy Cross College.
  • Sir William Deane– Former Governor General of Australia attended St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill.


Current residents:

  • Jason Hodges – landscaper and presenter on Better Homes and Gardens, also studied horticulture and landscape design at Ryde TAFE.
  • Alex Wilkinson – Socceroo. Attended Ryde East and played for North Ryde Soccer Club.
  • Maria Venuti – actress.
  • Robert Ovadia – journalist.
  • Brad Haddin – Cricketer.
  • Mark ‘Tubby’ Taylor – Cricketer.
  • Anthony Field – the blue Wiggle.
  • Mark Lee – actor.


Business owners:

  • Nick Whitehouse – profession Chef. Appeared on Masterchef Professionals. Owns Rawson (part of the Epping Club) in Epping.
  • Shannelle and Uel – MKR 2014 winners. Own Kin by Us café on the corner of Herring Road and Saunders Close, Macquarie Park.
  • Reynold Poernomo – Masterchef 2015 contestant owns Koi on Blaxland Road, Top Ryde.



Who have you spotted?