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Over the years, Surrey has become known as a haven to some of the country's best-loved celebrities, with Elmbridge even being labelled as Britain's answer to Beverly Hills. Here, in our annual guide, we take a look at who they are...
Playing alongside his All Starr Band, former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has had a busy time just lately, with local performances including a concert at this years Hampton Court Palace Music Festival and a mini-gig at Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh. Since 1999, the 71-year-old has divided his time between Los Angeles and Ewhurst, and calls the likes of Eric Clapton and Faces drummer Kenney Jones neighbours at his Surrey country retreat. Meanwhile, on the charity front, he set up The Lotus Foundation, which supports projects to assist those affected by addiction, as well as domestic violence, cerebral palsy and cancer, with wife Barbara Bach. Earlier this year, to celebrate 50 years of the Beatles, an exhibition of Beatles photos was hosted by Genesis Publishing in Guildford. Both John Lennon and George Harrison also called Surrey home during their lives.
In 1968, a little boy from Merton Park went to The Oval to watch his dad play cricket. Forty-three years and 133 Test matches later, that same boys name now adorns a set of gates at the hallowed cricket ground, the home of Surrey County Cricket Club. Englands most capped cricketer, Surrey legend Alec Stewart lives with his wife and two children near Epsom and is a fan of restaurants such as the Grumpy Mole at Tadworth, the Dining Room in Reigate and the Arkle Manor at Betchworth. The 48-year-old is also a patron of the new multi-million pound Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.
John Terry and the Chelsea boys
It was eight years ago that Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea Football Club for 140 million, and that purchase changed the face of a little corner of Surrey forever, with the opening of the clubs training ground in Stoke dAbernon near Cobham. Now something of a football mecca, Abramovich himself has a home close by, while John Terry is one of the more prominent members of the squad in the area. The Oxshott local has been known to unexpectedly show up to watch the Oxshott Royals on occasions. Frank Lampard, meanwhile, lives in Blackhills, Esher. The club also opened an official store in Kingston and stars such as John Terry, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba have all made appearances there.
In February of this year, Sandi Toksvig joined a number of comics to headline a celebrity evening at the Rose Theatre in Kingston. The event marked the fifth anniversary of fellow comedian and friend Linda Smiths death from ovarian cancer. 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. The 53-year-old is a patron of Guildford Book Festival but also occasionally pops up at local art exhibition launches. Her favourite view in the county is apparently from St Martha-on-the-Hill, near Chilworth.
A long-awaited memoir by British rock guitarist and the Who songwriter Pete Townshend will be finished and published by next year. The 66-year-old musician, who suffers from tinnitus and so is unable to take to the stage himself, also gave Roger Daltrey, the only other surviving member of The Who, his blessing to take the 1969 rock opera Tommy on a six-week North American tour beginning in September. His main home, a Georgian house on Richmond Hill, used to belong to the late actor Sir John Mills. Pete bought the property from fellow rocker Ronnie Wood in
the late seventies.
England cricket legend Phil Tufnell donned a hard hat and high-vis jacket in July to officially launch a new Childrens Trust building project in Tadworth. A vice-president of the charity, Tuffers regularly shows his support for them and attended the Festival of Surrey Life, which raised funds for the charity, in April. A Kingswood resident, he made his name as a fun-loving cricketer and has since found further fame as a fun-loving TV presenter, with regular slots on The One Show and A Question of Sport. The 45-year-old also enjoys popping down to the nearby Epsom Downs Racecourse when he gets a moment.
Dame Jacqueline Wilson
A composting toilet in Kingston proved an unlikely destination for author Dame Jacqueline Wilson this year as she launched the environmentally friendly facility at a local allotment in what she says is a career first. Meanwhile, on more common ground, the 65-year-old is a patron of the Kingston Readers Festival and the Momentum charity, and this summer supported the Childrens Trusts Big Book Challenge. Her autobiographical Jacky Daydream describes her childhood growing up in Kingston, from being a regular at Kingston Library to visiting Peggy Browns cake shop in Surbiton.
The Modfather, Paul Weller, may have paid tribute to his early Woking years by writing songs such as the less than flattering Town Called Malice, but his career and life are nevertheless currently being celebrated at the towns Lightbox art gallery. The Town Called Malice, Stanley Road Revisited exhibition showcases pictures taken by Wellers favourite photographer, Lawrence Watson, with shots from the singer/songwriters early days in The Jam and on to The Style Council and then his solo years. Despite living in Maida Vale these days, the 53-year-old will always be considered a Surrey boy by many, having been born in Sheerwater near Woking, and he continues to record at his Ripley studio. The musician also attended the exhibition launch at the gallery.
The end of her marriage to Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood marked the start of an exciting new chapter for model, TV personality and entrepreneur Jo Wood. From settling into her converted barn near Bramley to helping out with the familys swanky new childrens boutique in Cobham, the 56-year-old has well and truly made herself at home. Despite plans to move back into London soon, in the meantime you might spot her at The Chequers in Walton on the Hill or Petersham Nurseries in Richmond.
To say the last few years have been a bit of a rollercoaster for this Rolling Stone would be putting things mildly. Since his marriage to Jo, his wife of 23 years, broke down in 2008, life for the 64-year-old hellraiser has taken so many twists and turns its been hard to keep track. Things, however, appear to be settling down, for the time being at least. Off the booze for over a year, the musician and artist has been renting Ruxley Towers in Claygate and performed as part of a knockout charity concert at the Wintershall Estate near Bramley in June, as well as with the Faces at Hurtwood Park in Ewhurst.
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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine September 2011
Over the years, Surrey has become known as a haven to some of the countrys best-loved celebrities, with Elmbridge even being labelled as Britains answer to Beverly Hills. Here, in our annual guide, we take a look at who they are, where they live and what they like to get up to in their home county away from the spotlight
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Mohamed Al Fayed
Billionaire businessman and the chairman of Fulham FC, Mohamed Al Fayed recently celebrated the scrapping of plans that would have seen sand excavated from a quarry on green belt land near the gates of his Oxted mansion. He even helped fund the experts needed for the local residents group to fight the scheme. Mind you, he can certainly afford it. In May of last year, the 77-year-old sold his upmarket London department store Harrods for 1.5 billion. In other news: the unveiling of a slightly bizarre Eighties-era statue of Michael Jackson outside Fulhams Craven Cottage stadium proved to be an off-topic highlight for football fans around the country earlier this year.
Sir David Attenborough
The world famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough joined the Friends of Richmond Park to mark its golden anniversary in March. A long-term resident of the area, the 85-year-old is also a keen supporter of the Museum of Richmond, the nearby London Wetland Centre in Barnes and, in May, joined wildlife enthusiasts for an event organised by the Environment Trust in Richmond. The latest TV series in his long and illustrious career, Frozen Planet, a portrait of the Polar regions, will be broadcast this autumn.
TV presenter Michael Aspel broke new ground in his long broadcasting career by reading the weather forecast on the Weybridge-based Brooklands Radio last winter. However, it was back to the day job soon after with his presenting of the BBC series A Hundred Years Of Us, which looked at how life in Britain has changed over the past century. In recent years, the former Antiques Roadshow host, 78, who lives in Elmbridge, seems to have been just as busy as ever from narrating the Woking leg of the Rocky Horror Show tour to performing with Godstones Orpheus Centre at the Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
Better known for his mountaineering and passion for wildlife, social networking has played a surprisingly large role for actor Brian Blessed in recent years. Following a successful campaign to Sat Nav his voice, the 74-year-old will now stand as a candidate to become the chancellor of Cambridge University after a Facebook campaign raised the required number of nominations. Moving to Richmond while filming Z Cars in the late 1960s, he relocated to Chobham in 1977, then Bagshot in 1986. These days, youll find the actor and adventurer living with his wife Hildegard at Windlesham Arboretum. Blessed is honorary president of the Council for National Parks and a supporter of the WWF and Born Free.
Sir Michael Caine
For the first time in several years, Sir Michael Caines filming commitments meant that he was unable to make the awards night at this years Leatherhead Drama Festival, of which he is a patron, in his hometown. That said, he did join Surrey Lifes Nicholas Owen to film a short movie shown on the night. The roles keep coming, the praise has never been higher and at the start of the year the Oscar-winning actor received Frances highest cultural honour. The Alfie and Italian Job star was made a Commander of the Arts and Letters by culture minister Frederic Mitterrand. At 78, Caine has appeared in over 50 films that have grossed over $3.8 billion worldwide.
Rock royalty took to the stage to cast its magic on a charity music concert at the Wintershall Estate near Bramley this summer, with Eric Clapton among the sterling line-up. He also, once again, took centre stage at Cranleigh Arts Centres annual Christmas charity concert. The former art student, who completed a one-year foundation course at Kingston College of Art in 1962, has racked up 15 Grammy awards in his long career with the Yardbirds and Cream, and latterly as a solo singer. Having lived at Ewhurst for over 30 years, you might spot the 66-year-old guitar hero pottering around the county doing a spot of fishing or enjoying an orange juice at his local, the Windmill.
Back in October of last year, PR guru Max Clifford wrote in his Surrey Life column about the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Nearly a year later and the story has grown to engulf press, politics and police. As well as writing about the issues of the day in his monthly missive, the Elmbridge resident, 68, who is married to Jo Westwood, is a staunch supporter of many charities. A patron of the national Childrens Hospices UK, as well as the local Sam Beare and Shooting Star CHASE hospices, among others, he attends numerous charity events in the county. He has supported the Surrey Life Carol Concert in aid of Shooting Star CHASE since it started in 2007 and donates his monthly Surrey Life column fee to local charities.
A Box Hill regular, Seb Coe did not have to travel far to celebrate the Surrey beauty spots forthcoming role at the centre of the 2012 Olympic Games cycling road races. The double Olympic gold medallist, who lives near Farnham and regularly jogs and cycles in the Surrey Hills at weekends, visited in May to present host flags to each of the seven Surrey councils involved. Lord Coe, 54, wed his long-time girlfriend Carole Annett in a quiet local ceremony in July.
For 16 years, the David Lean Cinema had been a shining light of high quality, independent arts provision for Croydon but sadly had to close its doors due to funding cuts. Shirley resident Ronnie Corbett helped to curate the final shows and has supported the campaign to get the decision reversed. Even today, at 80, he still pops up on TV with the likes of Supper Club and Extras. The rest of the time hes at home with his wife Anne, walking their two dogs or playing golf: The Addington is a particular favourite. He has been known to visit the Malcolm John restaurants Le Cassoulet and Fish & Grill, both in Croydon.
Former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio took time out in April to visit the Leatherhead home of Combat Stress, where military veterans receive treatment for psychological conditions related to their service career. Since retiring from the game, the 39-year-old Richmond residents charity work has taken centre stage and as well as his Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation he supports the annual St Georges Day game that raises funds for Help for Heroes. Among the other Surrey-born rugby players are fly half stars Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood both were born in Frimley and the England rugby team are also based out of Pennyhill Park in Bagshot when playing.
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Dame Judi Dench
Next up for the Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench is a role in British drama My Week with Marilyn in which she plays Dame Sybil Thorndike those with a good Surrey theatre knowledge, will know that Leatherhead Theatre was originally named after Dame Sybil. Last year, the British film icon attended the opening of a new multi-million pound hotel in Lingfield, trod the boards in A Midsummer Nights Dream at Kingstons Rose Theatre and officially opened a new walk-through red squirrel enclosure at the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield. You may also spot the 75-year-old Outwood resident queuing at Priory Farm shop in South Nutfield, where shes also a regular visitor.
Recently starring in the BBC series Made in Britain, Virginia Water resident Ron Dennis has concentrated his efforts on the commercial branch of his Woking-based McLaren company since stepping away from his role at the helm of the Formula One team. Today, McLaren continues to be a leading player on the Formula One circuit, and drivers Lewis Hamilton (read more about him elsewhere in this issue) and Jenson Button both regularly pop in to the McLaren Technology Centre. They were also on hand to unveil the new McLaren MP4-12C to the British press at Dunsfold Park in February.
Its the end of an era for Leatherhead lad Tom Felton, 23, whose role as Draco Malfoy finally ended this summer with the release of the last Harry Potter movie. A former pupil of Cranmore School, West Horsley, and the Howard of Effingham School in Leatherhead, his film career looks set to bloom and he will next be seen portraying the human character Dodge in science-fiction film Rise of the Apes. A keen musician, he immortalised Box Hill in song long before cycle races brought the spotlight to the Surrey Hills and is said to have signed a record deal. A fact less well known to the wider world, his mum, Sharon, runs the Swan Lettings estate agents in North Street, Leatherhead.
With 14 No 1 singles and ten chart-topping albums, Westlife the UKs most successful boy band have announced the release of their greatest hits album later this year and recently played Hampton Court Palace Music Festival. Lead singer Shane Filan lives in Cobham with his wife and children. The 32-year-old might be spotted eating out at the Good Earth in Esher, Jamies Italian in Kingston or at the Japanese and sushi restaurant Wagamama in Kingston. He also enjoys shopping at The Bentall Centre in the town, strolling down the river there and family visits to Bocketts Farm near Leatherhead.
England cricket legend Andrew Flintoff found his way to Surrey from Lancashire via Dubai and like many sportsmen today is now setting about tackling a media career. Living in the Cobham area, the 33-year-old was tipped for an appearance at an Oxshott Sports Club Celebrity Cricket Match recently. In June, he also presented a special BBC Radio 5 Live programme from Headley Court, the rehabilitation unit near Epsom for injured service personnel, with boxer Ricky Hatton, former England rugby captain Phil Vickery and former England football defender Lee Dixon as special guests. According to his tweets, hes enjoyed a kebab on Cobham High Street in the past!
Sir Bruce Forsyth
Much-loved TV star Bruce Forsyth, 83, finally became a Sir this year when he received a knighthood in the Queens Birthday Honours List. When not on the golf course he lives on the Wentworth Estate and once again took part in the pro-am prior to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club he continues his day job on Strictly Come Dancing, which is set to kick off again this autumn. Indeed, his energy levels still put most to shame. He also supports the Children with Special Needs Foundation, which has its roots in Surrey Heath.
Looking forward to London 2012, Forest Green-based eventer Pippa Funnell took bronze in the official test event and then beat that events winner at the Barbury International Horse Trials in July. Back home, she loves the view from the top of Holmbury Hill, an area she refers to as Surreys Little Switzerland. You might spot her enjoying the seafood at Bryces restaurant in Ockley, shopping at Hazelbank Country Stores in Ewhurst, or relaxing at The Parrot Inn in Forest Green. Pippa, 42, lives with her showjumping husband, William Funnell.
Another keen golfer he plays at Richmond Golf Club Philip Glenister, 48, is a patron of the charity Momentum and hosts their annual Momentum Celebrity Golf Day in conjunction with the Stage Golfing Society. Meanwhile, Mad Dogs 2 has been confirmed for early 2012 and the Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes hard man will be reprising his role alongside Max Beesley, John Simm and Marc Warren. Home is near Richmond Park, with his actress wife Beth Goddard and their two daughters, and he regularly does the school run.
Last year, David Gold completed a boyhood dream with his purchase of West Ham United FC. It hasnt all gone to plan for the Caterham resident though with the club getting relegated to the Championship last season. Meanwhile, back on home turf, every year the 74-year-old throws open the grounds of his home for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), with visitors enjoying the chance to take a peek at his 19-hole golf course. He is also backing a campaign by the Soper Hall Group to save Soper Hall, a building that will be 100 years old in 2012, and recently spoke at the launch meeting of Caterham Business Executives Association.
Richard E Grant
A quiet corner of Virginia Water got the Hollywood treatment when a scene for The Iron Lady, a biopic about Margaret Thatcher, was shot there earlier this year.Richmond resident Richard E Grant is playing Michael Heseltine in the flick, and he also popped up recently at Richmond Green for the BBC2 drama The Crimson Petal and the White. If youre ever looking to bump into the 54-year-old actor, then a good place to start is Petersham Nurseries, which is one of his favourite places to visit. He has also been spotted at the Mulberry Inn all the way over in Chiddingfold.
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Robson Green followed in his fathers footsteps by venturing down a mine for an ITV documentary, The Pitmen Painters; starred in the BBC drama series Being Human as a werewolf; and then hit the States to train for his Extreme Fishing series this year. When not pursuing his heritage and other adventures, the West Clandon resident enjoys the quiet life of rural Surrey. The 46-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 sports centre 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 and The Talbot Inn, both in Ripley, when he gets the chance.
Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen
When the BBC ran a royal wedding special, Kate and William: A Royal Love Story, it was Upstairs Downstairs actress Keeley Hawes, 35, who they got to narrate it. The latter costume drama went on to pick up six Emmy nominations and has been confirmed for a second series in 2012. A keen supporter of Shooting Star CHASE, along with husband Matthew Macfadyen, 36, who played the Sheriff of Nottingham in the latest Robin Hood instalment, the pair appeared at the charitys Guildford hospice for an ITV carol concert special. They live in Twickenham with their three children.
Having just stepped down as president of the British Racing Drivers Club after five years in office, former Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill, 50, has played a pivotal role in overseeing one of the most successful periods in the organisations history. He lives in the Godalming 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 Godalming-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. He is also a keen advocate of the Safe Drive, Stay Alive campaign, which is spearheaded by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford
Since moving to Weybridge six years ago, This Morning presenters Eamonn and Ruth, both 51, have well and truly made themselves at home. Ruth joined thousands of volunteers around the UK to collect money for the Alzheimers Society in May and visited her local Tesco store in Weybridge with Tottenham Hotspur and England star Peter Crouch to collect money from shoppers. A keen shopper herself, she frequents Weybridge and Esher fashion boutique OKeefe and is a client of Southern Hairdresser of the Year 2009/10 Leo Bancroft, whose salon is in Weybridge. The couple both claim Box Hill as their favourite spot in the county.
Britains Got Talent judge Amanda Holden, 40, was joined by new judges Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff this year, and also took up the role of Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical at Londons West End Drury Lane theatre. Sadly suffering a miscarriage at the start of the year, Holden recovered admirably with husband Chris Hughes by her side, who she married in 2008. Since 2002, Amanda has worked with Virginia McKennas Born Free Foundation animal charity. She is firmly settled in Richmond and when not tiring out her daughter Lexi at Kew Gardens, she is a well-known face at Richmonds boutiques and The Bingham hotel.
Before the Faces launched their recent tour, and eventual appearance at Hurtwood Park in Ewhurst, rehearsals took place at Mick Hucknalls Walton-on-Thames retreat by Burhill Golf Club. When he originally replaced Rod Stewart, there were a few raised eyebrows, but he seems to have handled duties admirably. Most famous as the singer of Simply Red, the 51-year-old also has his own Sicilian wine called Il Cantante (The Singer), grown at his vineyard in the volcanic soils surrounding Sicilys Mount Etna.
Sir Mick Jagger
Ronnie Wood has suggested that there will be a Stones tour in 2012 as part of the groups 50th anniversary. Either way, Sir Mick Jagger has plenty to keep him busy with the debut album from his supergroup, SuperHeavy (with Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, singer Joss Stone, composer AR Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley) out this month. The 67-year-old continues to live the rock n roll, jet-set life with a base in Richmond. 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. Ex-wife Jerry Hall still lives in the familys Richmond home.
Best-known as the drummer of the Faces, Kenney Jones, 62, is also 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 reproduced its bar by his pool. Other rockers long-associated with the area include Mike Rutherford of Genesis, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Roger Taylor of Queen.
A keen supporter of the Watts Gallery in Compton, former High Sheriff Penelope Keith spoke to Surrey Life earlier this year about her delight at its restoration. Also a patron of the Samaritans in Guildford, in May she enjoyed a concert at Loseley House in Guildford, along with 120 others, to celebrate the charitys work. The actress, 71, is also a patron of the Surrey Hills and pro-chancellor for the University of Surrey. She lives with her husband in the 17th-century Milford house that has been the family home for over 30 years. Her Guildford-based company, Pencon Productions, recently won a six-year battle to open a tea room in the village of Avoch.
Crisp connoisseur Gary Lineker took to the streets of Kingston with Al Murray and Jimmy Carr earlier this year to film an advert for a new range of crisps in aid of Comic Relief. Meanwhile, the 50-year-old also lent his name to Surrey County Councils Love Food Hate Waste campaign, by sharing his favourite leftovers recipes for a cookbook. In addition to all that, he gave a pair of signed football boots to the celebrity shoe auction at Wokings Lightbox, launched the Royal Marsdens charity walk and is a patron of the Chobham-based Children with Special Needs Foundation. That said, he remains best known for hosting Match of the Day and lives in Esher with wife Danielle.
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One of the UKs most controversial and successful tabloid editors, Kelvin MacKenzie hosted a fund-raiser lunch at Burhill Golf Club, Walton-on-Thames, in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice in April. He also popped up at a tennis tournament, auction and gala dinner at St Georges Hill Lawn Tennis Club to raise cash for charities that support the armed forces. Having moved to Weybridge about five years ago when he got remarried, the 64-year-old is a member of the prestigious club. He has also been known to walk his dog locally with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. He famously branded the Elmbridge council village idiots. You might spot him enjoying the wares of The Plough at Effingham or La Casa in Weybridge.
Queen guitarist Brian May currently has a plethora of projects to promote every album is being digitally remastered to celebrate the groups 40th anniversary this year; he played guitar on a new Lady Gaga track; and his brief history of 3D was recently broadcast on Sky. Married to actress Anita Dobson, the couple live in the West End area, near Woking, where they have an animal rescue centre in the garden. The musician and astrophysicist, 63, will also be supporting the Wildlife Rocks Me event with Brian Blessed, which takes place on Sunday September 25 in Windlesham. He played Hampton Court Palace Music Festival this summer.
Film star and Born Free founder Virginia McKenna received a 6,000 donation to her animal welfare charity at the opening of a new Kuoni travel branch in Dorking High Street earlier this year. As well as her own charity, she is also a patron of the East Surrey Badger Protection Society and supports Leatherheads Wildlife Aid. In October, she helped organise a show at Coldharbours Christ Church commemorating the sacrifices of servicemen and women in past conflicts, for Combat Stress, the Leatherhead-based veterans mental health charity, after being inspired by Prince Charles support for them. Having just turned 80, the Coldharbour resident remains a keen gardener and loves nothing more than spending the day at RHS Wisley.
As the main anchor on daytime TV show Loose Women, Ashtead resident Andrea McLean, 41, has to look her best for the cameras. She uses local places for all her beauty needs, including Ward and Cross Hairdressers on Rectory Lane, Polished on The Street and Ashtead Health and Beauty. Married to Steve Toms, you might spot the pair enjoying a quiet dinner at the George in Esher or Loch Fyne in Cobham. Her favourite place to visit with her two children, Amy and Finlay, is Bocketts Farm near Leatherhead. Andrea was a special guest reader at last years Surrey Life CHASE carol concert.
In the hours before his victory in the final of the Aegon Championship at Queens Club, Andy Murray took on a potential burglar at his Oxshott home armed with only a trusty tennis racket. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and he went on to win the tournament. Rafael Nadal, however, was imperious in ending his Wimbledon hopes for a second year in a row. Despite being born and bred in Scotland, the 23-year-old British No.1 has joined a wealth of sporting stars by moving to the leafy Surrey village. His great English predecessor Tim Henman was also a pupil at Reeds School in Cobham.
A Surrey Life stalwart, newsreader Nicholas Owen opened the first ever Festival of Surrey Life at the Fox Revived pub, near Horley, in April. Later in the year, the 64-year-old stepped in for Sir Michael Caine at the Leatherhead Drama Festival after the Hollywood legends film schedule prevented his usual appearance. Then, when nearly 7,000 people walked the 371m Hindhead Tunnel before its opening, it was Nicholas who was invited onto Jeremy Vines Radio 2 show after visiting the tunnel for our February edition. The Reigate resident has also met the man responsible for many of Surreys trains and the chief of Surrey Police for us this year and will once again be launching the Childrens Trusts Sleepwalk at Priory Park, Reigate, on Saturday October 1.
Dragons Den star and businessman Theo Paphitis put his money where his mouth is this year to back Surreys premier cricket league. Born in Cyprus, the 51-year-old has lived in Surrey for over 25 years, first in Carshalton before moving to Oxshott, Cobham and finally Weybridge. He lives with his wife Debbie and children Dominic, Zoe, Alex and twins Annabelle and Hollie. A patron of the Sam Beare Hospice, located in Woking and Weybridge, he has attended the charitys annual ball for two years in a row with this years event raising 45,000 at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge. Paphitis has recently launched Boux Avenue, another lingerie range.
Jamie and Louise Redknapp
Sport continues to play a central role in former England footballer Jamie Redknapps life and, away from his television commitments, he has taken part in the BMW PGA Pro-Am at Wentworth and a celebrity cricket match at Oxshott Village Sports Club this year. Marks & Spencer recently revealed a surge in annual profits, too, but whether that had anything to do with the advertising campaign the 38-year-old featured in is pure speculation. Louise, 36, continues her TV work with Something for the Weekend and So You Think You Can Dance? Often said to be one of the nicest couples in the celebrity sphere, the pair live in the Crown Estate at Oxshott.
Sir Cliff Richard
For the first time in many years, Sir Cliff Richard, 70, no longer has a home in Surrey after selling his house on the Wentworth Estate in favour of a small lock-up-and-leave flat in a development in Berkshire. That said, his Cliff Richard Charitable Trust is still, for now, based out of Esher and the legendary pop star popped up on the Chertsey-based Radio Wey at the end of last year, as well as contributing to a BBC documentary about Wimbledon this year and visiting the tennis. His relationship with the county goes right back to 1948, when he and his family moved to Carshalton from India.
Theyve been rockin all over the world for more years than they care to remember and Status Quos Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt both have links to the county. While Parfitt went to school in Sheerwater, Rossi still lives at the Webb Estate in Purley and, despite having considerably less hair nowadays, the 62-year-old has been busy working on his solo career with a live release this year. You might find him eating out at Akash or Mehfil in Wallington, or over in Croydon at Osushi and Bagattis.
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