The actor Laurence Olivier was born at 26 Wathen Road in 1907. His father, Gerard, who with his mother, Agnes, had previously run a school at Tower Hill in Dorking, was working as a curate at St Martins at the time.
The young Olivier did not spend much time in Dorking. In 1910 his father moved on and away from the town. Olivier senior was well respected in Dorking, however, and as a keen member of the local (river) swimming club, he arranged for a platform to be built for diving into the Mole at Castle Mill.