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Surrey’s top 50 celebs 2013

PUBLISHED: 16:07 02 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:22 04 November 2014

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With its leafy and secluded country lanes and easy access to London, it's no surprise that Surrey has become known as a haven to some of the country's best-loved celebrities. Here, we take a look at who they are and where you might spot them..

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Mohamed Al-Fayed

After 16 years as chairman of Fulham FC, Mohamed Al-Fayed retired from the role and sold the club this summer. Having sold Harrods in 2010, you might have expected the billionaire to have slipped into a quieter life and while he may not be making as many international headlines, his presence is very much felt locally. Having become quite the local campaigner in recent years, his latest battle from his Oxted estate sees him joining neighbours in opposing plans to build 140 new houses on Green Belt land nearby. This follows hot on the heels of the 84-year-old’s fights against quarrying and oil drilling in the area.

 

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Lucy Alexander

Surrey Life’s resident property expert, Lucy Alexander is celebrating her tenth anniversary presenting Homes Under the Hammer. A Thames Ditton resident, she is a fan of such local attractions as the beautiful 13th century Ye Olde Swan Inn, The Lime Tree, The Stitchery and Bradley & Brown in her home village. She enjoys taking her kids to nearby Bushy Park.

 

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Joan Armatrading

One of Britain’s best-loved singer/songwriters, Joan Armatrading has forged a glittering career with such classic hits as Love and Affection, Show Some Emotion and Me Myself I. Living near Guildford, you may spot the notoriously private 62-year-old enjoying the views of the Surrey countryside from the nearby Hog’s Back or visiting the Watts Gallery in Compton.

 

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Sir David Attenborough

As a world famous naturalist, you may not be surprised to learn that Sir David Attenborough’s Richmond home has been something of a wildlife haven over the years. Whether its tanks full of tropical frogs, bizarre stick insects and chameleons or cockatoos, bushbabies and even a gibbon, the Attenborough home has always welcomed the weird and wonderful into its fold. Locally, the 87-year-old is a keen supporter of the Museum of Richmond, the London Wetland Centre in Barnes and the Environment Trust of Richmond-upon-Thames, among many other organisations, and it’s not unusual to stumble across him giving one of his famously animated lectures in the area.

 

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Michael Aspel

Freeman of Elmbridge, TV presenter Michael Aspel is never happier than when relaxing at home in Weybridge. Also a regular supporter of local charities, when the Surrey Care Association’s Surrey Care Awards were launched earlier this year, it was the former chat show host and Antiques Roadshow presenter Michael Aspel who was invited as the guest speaker. A keen supporter and patron of Esher’s Princess Alice Hospice, the 80-year-old was a special guest reader at the charity’s annual candlelight Christmas concert last Christmas in Claygate.

 

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Brian Blessed

Ever one to surprise, Brian Blessed joined American heavy-metal outfit Manowar to lend his famous baritone vocals to a re-recording of their spoken word track The Warrior’s Prayer this summer. Rather better-known for his mountaineering skills and passion for wildlife, the 76-year-old has been a long-time Surrey resident. He first moved to Richmond while filming Z Cars in the late 1960s, and then relocated to Chobham in 1977, and in turn Bagshot in 1986. These days, you’ll find the actor and adventurer living with his wife Hildegard near Windlesham Arboretum. Blessed is honorary president of the Council for National Parks and a supporter of the WWF, Born Free and David Shepherd’s TigerTime campaign.

 

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Sir Michael Caine

Film icon, author and Leatherhead resident Sir Michael Caine may be in the process of scaling the heights of another Hollywood blockbuster, but there’s nothing 
he likes better than getting home to the leafy climes of Surrey. He celebrated his 80th birthday earlier this year but Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, as he was born, shows no signs of retiring from our screens yet. Caine lives with his wife of 40 years, Shakira, in a 200-year-old barn conversion, when he’s not enjoying the warmer climes of Miami. Who knows, you may bump into him strolling round his favoured Norbury Park or even doing a spot of shopping on Leatherhead High Street.

 

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Eric Clapton

Celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician, Eric Clapton took to the stage for a series of five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall this May. He has also been known to pop up closer to his Ewhurst home, with performances at Cranleigh Arts Centre and the Wintershall Estate near Bramley. The 68-year-old, who did a one-year course at Kingston College of Art in 1962, has racked up a host of Grammy awards in his long career with the Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo singer. You might spot him around the county doing a spot of fishing or enjoying an orange juice at his local, the Windmill.

 

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Lord Coe

Already a household name, the 2012 London Olympic Games sent Lord Coe into the stratosphere. Now poised to become the most powerful man in world athletics, he is expected to take over as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2015 when Lamine Diack steps down. A Box Hill regular, the double Olympic gold medallist lives near Farnham and regularly enjoys jogging and cycling in the Surrey Hills at the weekends. This summer, the 56-year-old was also named president of Epsom-based eye care charity SeeAbility.

 

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Ronnie Corbett

Returning to BBC One this summer with Ronnie’s Pedigree Pals, a show about how Britain is potty about pets, much-loved comedian Ronnie Corbett shows no signs of slowing down yet even at 82 years of age. Hosting an annual charity golf event for Prostate Cancer UK at The Addington Golf Club near Croydon, which is on the doorstep of his long-time home, he also remains an active golfer. Most famous as one half of The Two Ronnies with the late Ronnie Barker, he also achieved prominence in Sir David Frost’s 1960s satirical comedy programme, The Frost Report.

 

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James Cosmo

He’s been a larger than life presence on our movie screens since the late Sixties, but even James Cosmo wasn’t prepared for the level of fame that Game of Thrones would bring. Playing barrel-chested Lord Commander Mormont in the hit HBO series (*spoiler alert!), his character suffered an agonising death after a bloody mutiny at the opening of season three. His life in Surrey, suffice to say, is a little more relaxed. His favourite place to visit is RHS Garden Wisley near Woking, where he likes seeing the rare and unusual plants, his preferred restaurant is The Dining Room in Reigate, owned by ‘my pal’ Tony Tobin, and he also enjoys the views from Richmond Hill.

 

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Lawrence Dallaglio

Former England rugby captain, and British and Irish Lion and Wasps legend, Lorenzo Bruno Nero “Lawrence” Dallaglio was a one-club man during a rugby career spanning 18 years and was also the only player to play in every minute of every game during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Since retiring from the game, the 40-year-old Richmond resident’s charity work has taken centre stage through his Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation. Meanwhile, notable Surrey-born rugby players include fly half stars Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood, both of whom were born in Frimley, and the England rugby team remains based out of Pennyhill Park in Bagshot when playing.

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Dame Judi Dench

Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench’s seven-film James Bond tenure as M came to a close in a blaze of gunfire in Skyfall. The Outwood resident made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company and has gone on to achieve equal acclaim for her performances on stage and screen in an awards-strewn career. The 78-year-old’s next film appearance is set to be in the Steve Coogan co-written Philomenia, which is tipped for release next year. Locally, Dame Judi is a keen supporter of the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield, where she opened their red squirrel enclosure, and a visitor to Priory Farm Shop in South Nutfield. She has also been spotted at the local cinema in Oxted.

 

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Chris Evans

While he may live elsewhere these days, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans remains a regular at his Chiddingfold pub, The Mulberry. Most recently, the venue hosted Gary Barlow for an intimate performance in aid of Children in Need this summer. The concert followed a long line of star-studded events, including Sir Tom Jones last year, Paloma Faith, James Blunt and Paolo Nutini in 2010. Evans lived for a long time in the area, including at Hascombe Court near Godalming, and made an appearance at the Children’s Trust’s The Supercar Event at Dunsfold Park in June.

 

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Tom Felton

Best-known as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, Tom Felton was born in Epsom and has spent much of his life in the Leatherhead area. A former pupil of Cranmore School, West Horsley, and the Howard of Effingham School in Leatherhead, the 25-year-old’s film career started in 1997 when he played Peagreen Clock in The Borrowers and he has since gone on to act in science-fiction film Rise of the Apes. Earlier this year, he attended the 10th Leatherhead Drama Festival. A fact less well known to the wider world is that his mum runs the Swan Lettings estate agents in Leatherhead.

 

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Shane Filan

Last year, as a result of losing his property investments in Ireland’s economic crash, musician Shane Filan was declared bankrupt. It was a long way from his life as the clean-cut singer of multi-million selling Irish boy band Westlife. Launching a new solo career this summer, however, life for the 34-year-old, who lives in Cobham with his wife and children, appears to be back on track again. He might be spotted eating out at the Good Earth in Esher, Jamie’s Italian in Kingston or at the Japanese and sushi restaurant Wagamama in Kingston.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth

So much for retirement then, hey, as Sir Brucie warmed up for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing with an appearance on stage at this summer’s Glastonbury festival. While not quite stealing The Rolling Stones’ headlines, the 85-year-old entertainer, who was knighted in 2011, brought old-school song and dance to a packed-out and adoring Avalon stage. Still a regular on the golf course, he lives on the Wentworth Estate at Virginia Water when not holidaying in Puerto Rico, where his third wife Wilnelia hails from, during the cooler months. He also supports the Children with Special Needs Foundation, which has its roots in Surrey Heath.

 

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Pippa and William Funnell

An A-list equestrian couple, Forest Green-based eventer Pippa Funnell and showjumping husband William make quite the team. Both internationally renowned in their chosen disciplines, they enjoy relaxing by going on hacks around the area in their spare time – a favourite is the view from the top of Holmbury Hill, an area Pippa refers to as “Surrey’s Little Switzerland”. In 2003, 45-year-old Pippa became the first and currently only person to win eventing’s greatest prize, the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing (consecutive wins at Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley). The pair breed champion horses with Donal Barnwell at their Surrey farm under the moniker The Billy Stud.

 

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Philip Glenister

Another keen golfer, Philip Glenister, 50, hosts the annual Momentum Celebrity Golf Day at Richmond Golf Club every June, in conjunction with the Stage Golfing Society. He is also a patron of the Kingston-based Momentum, who support children with cancer and life-limiting conditions. Meanwhile, he has made his name as something of a TV hard man in Mad Dogs, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Home is near Richmond Park, with his actress wife Beth Goddard and their two daughters, and he regularly does the school run.

 

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David Gold

Loving the rollercoaster that is professional football as much as ever, West Ham United chairman David Gold has seen the club establish themselves back in the Premiership and also tie-up a potentially lucrative move to the Olympic Stadium. Back on home turf in Caterham, the 76-year-old throws open the grounds of his home for the National Gardens Scheme every year, with visitors enjoying the chance to take a peek at his golf course, cars and helicopters. Daughter Jacqueline, who runs Anne Summers among other business interests, also lives in the area and the family are regularly spotted together in various local restaurants.

 

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Richard E Grant

Acclaimed actor Richard E Grant had a near miss earlier this year, when a roofer’s blowtorch set fire to the conifers in his Richmond garden. Fortunately, the fire brigade arrived at speed to ensure that it was only nerves that were left in ashes. If you’re ever looking to bump into the 56-year-old actor, then a good place to start is Petersham Nurseries in Richmond, which is one of his favourite places to visit. The well-known star has acted in over 80 films and television programmes in total, including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Iron Lady, and recently made another appearance in Doctor Who.

 

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Robson Green

Chart-topping singles have come and gone, but heart-throb Robson Green remains ever-present on our TV screens. His shows in recent years have seen him swimming in the freezing waters of the Tyne, catching tiger fish under the treacherous rapids of Victoria Falls and eating the potentially fatal delicacy Anori Fugu in Japan, but for the intrepid 48-year-old adventurer, nothing beats getting back home to the peace and quiet of West Clandon. When he does get some time to himself, he enjoys visiting the National Trust property, Clandon Park, there and also fishing in the local lakes.

 

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Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen

Best-known for Life on Mars and Upstairs Downstairs, actress Keeley Hawes, 37, is set to return to our screens in The Tunnel – Sky Atlantic’s Anglo-French remake of Danish crime-drama series The Bridge. A keen supporter of local charity Shooting Star CHASE, she has often visited with husband Matthew Macfadyen, 38, who himself has been busy filming a second series of the BBC’s Ripper Street with Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg. The show is expected to return in 2014. The couple live in Twickenham with their three children.

 

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Chesney Hawkes

Shooting to fame in the early 1990s with his chart-topping tune The One and Only, Chertsey resident Chesney Hawkes continues to produce music today with his latest album Real Life Love being released last year. Away from the stages and studios, you might bump into him enjoying a relaxing meal at The Inn at Maybury, near Woking, or getting lost in the maze at Hampton Court Palace with his kids. Earlier this year, a hospital worker for Epsom and St Helier trust was personally thanked by Chesney for his Comic Relief efforts. The fund-raising challenge: to listen to The One and Only on a continuous loop for 24 hours!

 

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Damon Hill

Since retiring from Formula 1, former world champion Damon Hill has found time to help start a Surrey children’s charity and oversee one of the most successful periods for the country’s motor sport as president of the British Racing Drivers Club. He lives in the Farnham area with his wife Georgie and they have four children, the eldest of whom Oliver was born with Downs Syndrome. As well as founding Halow, a Guildford-based charity supporting young adults with special needs, Damon is also a patron of the Downs Syndrome Association and the Guildford and Farnham-based Disability Challengers.

 

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Amanda Holden

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, 40, watched on in awe with fellow judges David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Alesha Dixon as Hungarian shadow dance troupe Attraction won the latest instalment of the hit show this year. Back home in Surrey, Amanda is firmly settled in Richmond with record producer husband Chris Hughes and when not tiring out her daughters at Kew Gardens, she is a well-known face at Richmond’s boutiques and The Bingham hotel. Since 2002, Amanda has also worked with Virginia McKenna’s Born Free Foundation animal charity.

 

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Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford

Best-known as hosts of popular ITV show This Morning, Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford moved to Weybridge around eight years ago where they have lived happily ever since. Ruth has been known to frequent Esher fashion boutique O’Keefe and is a client of Leo Bancroft, whose salon is in Weybridge. She is also an official ambassador of The Alzheimer’s Society and is supporting their Memory Walk in Dorking this month on Sunday September 22. Both 53, the couple say that Box Hill is one of their favourite spots in the county.

 

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Mick Hucknall

Most famous as the singer of the multi-million selling Simply Red, the 53-year-old Mick Hucknall also has his own Sicilian wine called Il Cantante (The Singer), grown at his vineyard in the volcanic soils near Sicily’s Mount Etna. Living in Walton-on-Thames, by Burhill Golf Club, he shares his home with wife Gabriella and daughter Romy True. Many a famous musician has passed through the family home, which also houses a recording studio.

 

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Sir Mick Jagger

Glastonbury saw the Rolling Stones claim back their rock ‘n’ roll crown with an all-conquering headline performance. Lead singer Sir Mick Jagger, 70, continues to live the rock ‘n’ roll, jet-set life with roots in Richmond. His attachment to the area stretches back to the formative days of the Stones, when they made their debut at the infamous Crawdaddy Club, which once occupied 1 Kew Road. Ex-wife Jerry Hall still lives in the family’s Richmond home, a 26-room Georgian pile on the Thames.

 

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Kenney Jones

Best-known as the drummer of the Faces, Kenney Jones, 63, is the owner of the prestigious Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst, which has played host to Prince Charles and his sons. The musician, who lives next door to the club, moved there from Leigh where he enjoyed the Seven Stars pub opposite; so much so that he created a reproduction of its bar by his pool. Other rockers long-associated with the Surrey area include Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Roger Taylor of Queen.

 

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Penelope Keith

A staunch and passionate defender of the Surrey countryside – she is a patron of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – Penelope Keith added her weight to the argument against development of the area’s Green Belt earlier this year. A former High Sheriff, she is also a keen supporter of the Watts Gallery in Compton as well as pro-chancellor for the University of Surrey in Guildford. She lives with her husband in the 17th-century Milford house that has been the family home for over 30 years. Back on our screens again this autumn, The Good Life actress will play Mr Darcy’s aunt in the BBC adaptation of PD James’ Pride and Prejudice follow-up, Death Comes to Pemberley.

 

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Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley

With a new Chelsea contract signed, the press have been able to turn their focus onto the rumoured wedding plans of Frank Lampard and TV presenter fiancée Christine Bleakley. The Premiership star is known to keep a low profile off the football pitch and undoubtedly the wedding will be suitably private. Like many of the Chelsea squad and the returning Jose Mourinho, the couple have a base in the borough of Elmbridge, close to the club’s state-of-the-art Stoke d’Abernon training ground, although he tends to spend more time in London these days. Earlier this year, he released his first book for children, Frankie’s Magic Football: Frankie vs the Pirate Pillagers.

 

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Brian May

He may be best-known as the guitarist with rock band Queen, but away from the stage Brian May is also a passionate wildlife campaigner. As well as setting up the non-profit organisation Save Me to champion British wildlife, the 66-year-old West End resident has been a leading inspiration in the fight against fox hunting and the ongoing battle against the UK badger cull. In fact, he was recently awarded the honour of campaigner of the year by the International fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Prior to that, in 2005, he was appointed CBE for services to the music industry and for his charity work. He is also a vice-president of the RSPCA.

 

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Virginia McKenna

Another well-known wildlife campaigner, as well as her own Born Free animal charity, actress Virginia McKenna is also a patron of the East Surrey Badger Protection Society and supports Leatherhead’s Wildlife Aid animal hospital. This year, the 82-year-old Coldharbour resident received a British Animal Honour for her outstanding work in the field from Brian May (see left) and Anita Dobson, and then went on to hand out the awards, in place of Sir Michael Caine, at the Leatherhead Drama Festival. A keen gardener, she enjoys nothing more than spending the day perusing the plants at Wisley, near Woking, the flagship garden of the RHS.

 

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Andrea McLean

As the main anchor on daytime television show Loose Women, Ashtead resident Andrea McLean, 43, has to look her best for the cameras and likes to use local places for all her beauty needs – including Ward and Cross Hairdressers on Rectory Lane, Polished on The Street and Ashtead Health and Beauty. Her favourite place to visit with her two children, Amy and Finlay, is Bocketts Farm near Leatherhead, and she also enjoys walking the dog near Epsom Downs racecourse. She recently enrolled on a garden design course at Guildford College.

 

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Andy Murray

What a year or so it has been for Andy Murray. Olympic gold in London was followed by victory at Wimbledon and the restoration of some sort of respectability for men’s tennis in Britain. The Oxshott resident also impressed fans by donating his Queen’s Club winnings to the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity before returning to the court for an exhibition match with Boris Johnson and a host of celebs. The British no 1, who lives with girlfriend Kim Sears, follows in the footsteps of his English predecessor, Tim Henman, who was a pupil at Reeds School in Cobham.

 

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Nicholas Owen

Classic FM and BBC News presenter Nicholas Owen is all set to host this year’s Surrey Life Food & Drink Awards at Foxhills, Ottershaw, in October. The 66-year-old has long lived in Reigate with his wife Brenda and can be spotted on occasion dining at his favourite local restaurant, La Barbe. Originally starting out on the Surrey Mirror newspaper, he worked for the Evening Standard, the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, before moving to television. He regularly hosts the Surrey Life Shooting Star CHASE Carol Concert.

 

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Theo Paphitis

Born in Cyprus, Theo Paphitis has lived in Surrey for many years, first in Carshalton before moving to Oxshott, then Cobham and finally his home in Weybridge where he lives with his family. Having begun his career as a tea boy at a Lloyd’s insurer, the 53-year-old made his mark turning around ailing companies, including the stationer Ryman and the La Senza lingerie chain. He left the BBC’s Dragons’ Den TV series earlier this year after buying the Robert Dyas chain. Believe it or not, every weekend he joins celebrity pals Shane Richie, James Whale and Tony Tobin to go into the woods and do a spot of archery.

 

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Louise and Jamie Redknapp

She’s a TV presenter, charity fund-raiser, Surrey mum and now founder of make-up range Wild about Beauty. Louise Redknapp created the brand with good friend and international make-up artist Kim Jacob, launching the range at Guildford’s House of Fraser. The Oxshott resident also lent her support last year to Fashion For Good, a charity established by a group of Cobham mums to support local community projects, which culminated with a huge fashion weekend at Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge. Married to ex-footballer and sports journalist Jamie Redknapp for 15 years, the pair have two sons.

 

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Shane Richie

Best known as Alfie Moon in EastEnders, Shane Richie is also a regular face away from Albert Square in his hometown of Reigate – often performing with his band in the area’s pubs, supporting charity events and the 49-year-old even helped co-host a skating rink in Priory Park last winter. A good friend of celebrity chef Tony Tobin, the owner of The Dining Room in Reigate (see Theo Paphitis’ entry for more on that), the pair recently attended the launch of Restaurant 107 in Cranleigh.

 

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Francis Rossi

They’ve been rockin’ all over the world for more years than they care to remember and Status Quo’s Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt both have links to the county too. While Parfitt went to school in Sheerwater, Rossi still lives at the Webb Estate in Purley and, despite having considerably less hair nowadays, the 64-year-old is still as productive as ever. In their latest project, earlier this year, the boys released Bula Quo!, a 90-minute action movie featuring the band as themselves.

 

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Mike Rutherford

As the guitarist with Genesis, he’s one of Britain’s most successful musicians – but Mike Rutherford still feels the need to carry on creating music. When not on the road with Mike & The Mechanics, Rutherford can often be found at the famous Farm recording studio in Chiddingfold. As such, The Crown Inn has been a popular destination during recording sessions since 1978 and he can often be spotted on one of the area’s top golf courses too.

 

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Frankie Sandford and Wayne Bridge

Believe it or not, it’s not just William and Kate who have been creating baby headlines. The Saturdays’ singer Frankie Sandford and her footballer fiancé Wayne Bridge announced in May that they were expecting their first child, with the singer later confirming they are having a boy. With the baby due in the autumn, the Oxshott residents have been spotted shopping at Mothercare in Weybridge.

 

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Ringo Starr

This summer, ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who now divides his time between Cranleigh and Los Angeles, released a new book of unseen Beatles photography through Genesis Publications in Guildford. Today, the 73-year-old, who is married to the actress and former Bond Girl, Barbara Bach, continues to perform regularly with his All Starr band all over the world. The musician was also the subject of a recent exhibition at The Grammy Museum in LA. Of course, he wasn’t the only Beatle to call Surrey home with both John Lennon and George Harrison living here at various times during their lives.

 

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Sir Richard Stilgoe

Sir Richard Stilgoe – singer, songwriter and celebrated wit – received a knighthood last autumn in recognition of his tireless charitable work. Having fallen in love with the comic song when he was taken to see a Gilbert and Sullivan opera as a child, he eventually teamed up with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, writing the opening number for Cats, and then co-writing Starlight Express, which became a box-office smash. In 1998, the 70-year-old Oxted resident founded the Orpheus Centre in Godstone, a residential care home that helps young, disabled adults learn life skills through the performing arts. You might spot him at The Gurkha Kitchen in Oxted, which specialises in Nepalese cuisine.

 

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Sandi Toksvig

A regular visitor to the Watts Gallery in Compton, comedian Sandi Toksvig officially opened its newly extended tea shop earlier this summer. Brilliantly outspoken, Sandi, who lives near Guildford, is best-known for her work on Radio 4, where she chairs The News Quiz weekly, but she also takes a keen interest in the cerebral closer to home too. As well as being a patron of the annual Guildford Book Festival, the 55-year-old occasionally pops up at local art exhibition launches. She is also a supporter of the Shalford-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign.

 

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Phil Tufnell

Former England cricketer Phil Tufnell has become quite the media personality in recent years, whether as an author, artist or regular on the likes of The One Show and A Question of Sport. A vice-president of the Children’s Trust in Tadworth, the 47-year-old Kingswood resident also enjoys popping down to the nearby Epsom Downs racecourse or one of the excellent local pubs when he gets a moment. He played in the Bunbury’s Box Hill School celebrity cricket match this June.

 

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Dame Jacqueline Wilson

Long associated with Kingston, the town of her childhood, 67-year-old Dame Jacqueline Wilson is a patron of the Kingston Readers’ Festival and the Momentum children’s charity. Her autobiographical Jacky Daydream describes her childhood growing up in Kingston, from being a regular at Kingston Library to visiting Peggy Brown’s cake shop in Surbiton. One of Jacqueline’s most successful and enduring creations has been the famous Tracy Beaker, who first appeared in 1991 in The Story of Tracy Beaker. She has certainly left her mark on her hometown – the main events hall at Kingston University is even named after her.

 

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Tim Vine

A life-long resident of Surrey, comedian Tim Vine concocts his latest routines from his home in the Banstead area. A master of the one-liner, he once broke the Guinness World Record for the most jokes told in an hour to a paying audience – 499, for those who were wondering. Earlier this year, he road-tested new material for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival Chat Show in the Adrian Mann Theatre at the North East Surrey College of Technology (Nescot) in Ewell. His latest book is entitled Tim Vine’s Bumper Book of Silliness.

 

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Paul Weller

The Jam recently marked the 35th anniversary of their debut album. It’s been a spectacular journey for the group and their leader Paul Weller, from their formative years in Woking to becoming one of the biggest bands of a defining era in British music. The Modfather himself has returned to his home-town on a number of occasions in recent years, attending charity concerts and celebratory exhibitions. Despite living in London these days, the 55-year-old continues to record at his Ripley studio. Tickets for his concert this October at G Live in Guildford were the fastest-selling since the venue opened.

 

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Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

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