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9 Of The Most Famous People That Were Born Or Raised In Ottawa

Ottawa has been called home by so many celebs!

There are so many reasons to love the city of Ottawa. Not only is it the capital of Canada and home to so much beautiful architecture, but it also happens to be the birthplace of some of your favourite celebrities. Here are nine famous people born in Ottawa that you'd never expect.

O-Town has been called home by everyone from one of Canada's most prized authors to the man who changed the face of Canadian news forever. You never know - maybe one day you'll join the list!

Tom Green

Comedia Tom Green was actually born in Pembroke, Ontario, but later relocated to the big city of Ottawa. He started out in the industry by studying broadcasting at Algonquin College, and later went on to pursue a career in radio and acting.

Sarah Chalke

You may recognize this face from her role as Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs or as Stella Zinman on How I Met Your Mother, but did you know that Sarah Chalke was actually born in Ottawa? She eventually moved out to Vancouver, where she was raised and had her first big break on the show KidZone.

Patrick Chan

Patrick Chan is not just an Olympic silver medalist - he's also a proud O-Town resident. The professional figure skater competed and won, at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi where he took home two gold medals and is also an eight-time Canada National Skating Championship winner.

Tom Cruise

Hopefully, some of you are as surprised by this one as I was. Tom Cruise may not have been born in Ottawa, but he did move to the city during his school years while his dad worked for the Canadian military. During his time in the capital, Cruise attended Robert Hopkins Public School.

Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette is a Canadian girl through and through. During her childhood in Ottawa, she took up piano at the age of six, and was writing her own songs at just nine years old - no wonder she's so talented!

Peter Mansbridge

If you've ever turned into CBC News, you've likely heard the unforgettable voice of Peter Mansbridge. He may have been born in London, U.K., but he relocated to Canada at just six years old when his father got a job with the Canadian government. After serving in the navy, Mansbridge pursued broadcast journalism, which has led him to his career today.

Matthew Perry

We all know and love Matthew Perry from his iconic role as Chandler Bing on Friends, but did you know that the actor spent his formative years in Ottawa with his mother? He even revealed that he went to school with Justin Trudeau, and used to beat him up on the playground during a Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview.

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh is best known for her role as Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy. Before her days as an on-screen doctor, though, she grew up in Ottawa and later went on to attend Montreal's National Theatre School of Canada.

Margaret Atwood

Who would've thought that the woman who brought us the iconic story The Handmaid's Tale was from Ottawa?! The prized author lived in the city until the age of six, then later relocated to Sault Ste. Marie, and then Toronto.