Surrey's top 50 celebs 2010 | Part three: Robson Green to Keira Knightley via Sir Mick Jagger
PUBLISHED: 10:45 26 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:02 20 February 2013
Love them or hate them, there's no getting away from them, especially in Surrey! Over the years, the county seems to have become a haven to some of the country's most famous faces
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2010
Love them or hate them, theres no getting away from them, especially in Surrey! Over the years, the county seems to have become a haven to some of the countrys most famous faces, who are drawn to the area by our historic towns, beautiful countryside and close proximity to London and the airports. Here, in our annual guide, we take a look at who they are, where they live and, away from the paparazzi cameras, what they like to get up to in their home county
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One of our best-loved TV stars, Robson Green has barely been off our screens of late with his wild swimming and extreme fishing. When not pursuing his adventures, the West Clandon resident enjoys the quiet life of rural Surrey. The 45-year-old, who lives with his wife Vanya and their son Taylor, was trained for his swimming challenge by personal trainer, Jon Ashwood, at David Lloyd in Weybridge. The Onslow Arms in Clandon proved to be the inspiration for his move to this neck of the woods; he now also enjoys the hospitality of The Anchor in Ripley and The Talbot Inn in Ripley, when he gets the chance.
The 54-year-old American model turned actress Jerry Hall lives in Richmond. She has four children Elizabeth, James, Georgia May and Gabriel from her marriage to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, which ended in 1999, though they remain good friends. A supporter of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, Jerry has hosted several fundraising events, including an auction in which Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend donated guitars, and Ronnie Wood threw in one of his own paintings. It raised a cool 50,000. She says her children help her keep a sense of perspective. Elizabeth, 26, is enjoying a high-profile modelling career; James, 24, is an actor and plays guitar in a band; Georgia, 18, is mixing A-levels with part-time modelling; and Gabriel, 12, would like to be a history teacher like Micks father. All, bar James, live at home.
Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen
Keen supporters of CHASE hospice care for children, Ashes to Ashes Keeley Hawes and Robin Hood star Matthew Macfadyen, who played the Sheriff of Nottingham in the new film, are both regular visitors to the Guildford charity. The couple, who live in Twickenham with their three children, are in hot demand at the moment. While Matthew, 35, has been working alongside Hollywood A-listers, Keeley, 34, is set to star in an updated revival of classic period drama Upstairs, Downstairs for the BBC. Last Christmas, Matthew was also one of the special guest readers at Surrey Life CHASE Carol Concert.
As an actress and television presenter, its safe to say that Richmond resident Amanda Holden is a creative type, but brolly design? And, yes, you did read that right... She will be getting creative with an umbrella later this year for the Princess Alice Hospice, with the final design being sold at the Bentall Centre in Kingston. Rather better known as a judge on Britains Got Talent, alongside Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan, Holden, 39, likes to escape back to her home in Surrey for a little peace and quiet. The presenter has lived in Richmond since 2002, when she moved in with producer Chris Hughes. The couple, who married late last year, have a young daughter Lexi, who Holden enjoys taking on walks around Kew Gardens. Among her most recent projects, Amanda presented The Childrens Champions Awards 2010, alongside Chris Evans, as well as a new show for ITV1 called The Door, which she hosted with Chris Tarrant. Since 2002, she has been a supporter of the Born Free Foundation in Horsham.
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
After 13 years together, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford finally tied the knot in June. Since moving to Weybridge five years ago, This Morning presenters Eamonn and Ruth, both 50, have well and truly made themselves at home. As well as turning on the towns Christmas lights during a night of fundraising for the Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge, Ruth is the face of Weybridge and Esher fashion boutique OKeefe and the pair are also clients of Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2009/10 Leo Bancroft, whose salon is in the town. The couple, whose son Jack is at St Georges Junior School, both claim Box Hill as their favourite spot in the county and you might catch them having a romantic meal out at El Meson de Los Hermanos on Baker Street in Weybridge.
At this summers Vintage at Goodwood festival, Mick Hucknall stepped into Rod Stewarts shoes as frontman of the Faces. The group, which also includes other Surrey stalwarts Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones, now hopes to tour. Most famous as the singer of Simply Red, the 50-year-old recently performed with the band at Hampton Court Palace and Epsom Downs Racecourse. His Walton-on-Thames mansion, which houses its own studio, backs onto Burhill Golf Club. Yet another Surrey star who the wedding bells have pealed for this year, he married Gabriella Wesberry, mother of his two-year-old daughter Romy True, in May.
Sir Mick Jagger
Things have been pretty quiet musically for the Rolling Stones since the two-year Bigger Bang tour ended in 2007, but then, at their age, who can blame them! 67-year-old Sir Mick Jagger continues to live the rock n roll, jet-set life based out of Richmond with statuesque fashion designer girlfriend LWren Scott, 43. This year, the singer came in at number 14 in Surreys Richest 50 with an estimated 190m in the bank (the Stones have generated 1.8billion in receipts from touring since 1989!). Jaggers Richmond roots go back to the formative days of the Stones, when they made their debut at the infamous Crawdaddy Club, which once occupied 1 Kew Road. It will be the bands 50th anniversary in 2012.
A great champion of Surrey, not only is actress Penelope Keith a former High Sheriff of the county, she is a patron of the Surrey Hills and pro-chancellor for the University of Surrey. A regular at gallery openings and charity functions across the county, just recently she has hosted a Queen Elizabeth Foundation event at Leatherhead Theatre and an Oakleaf Enterprises function at Foxhill gardens in Elstead. Also a keen supporter of the Watts Gallery in Compton, once again this summer she attended the fundraising Victorian Tea Party at the world-renowned art gallery, which is currently undergoing extensive restoration works. The 70-year-old actress lives with her husband in the 17th-century Milford house that has been the family home for the last 30 years.
The nations favourite rose, Keira Knightley will be leading an all-star Surrey cast with Andrew Garfield (raised in Epsom and taking the lead role in Spiderman 3) and Carey Mulligan (Oscar nominated former Woldingham School pupil) in their new film Never Let Me Go, which is set to be released this month. The 25-year-old grew up in Richmond and attended Teddington School and Esher College, and it seems she just cant get away from the county. She has a Richmond property with her boyfriend, the actor Rupert Friend. Having taken up her first stage role at the end of last year, Knightley was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Jennifer in The Misanthrope.
Football hero Gary Lineker is a staple of British television; so much so that he was even being mooted recently as a possible replacement for Jonathan Rosss Friday night slot. For the moment, though, he remains best known for hosting Match of the Day. The 49-year-old lives in Esher with wife Danielle, the 30-year-old La Senza model who he married at the end of last year. As a golf fanatic, he enjoys many of the countys fantastic courses and is a member of the exclusive Queenwood Golf Club in Ottershaw. A keen supporter of several charities, including the Cranleigh-based David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and the Children with Special Needs Foundation, which has its roots in Surrey Heath, he has also been involved with Leukaemia Research since the organisation helped save the life of his son George. In January, he shared his penalty-taking tips with pupils from the Carew Manor School in Wallington to encourage young people across the UK to join in with the national sponsored football event raising money for childrens cancer charity CLIC Sargent.