Celebrities in Kent
If you want to trace the footsteps of the rich and famous, you may head to major cities such as London or Manchester where it’s not uncommon to see actors, singers, models, TV presenters, Hollywood A-listers and other well-known superstars strolling around. That said, with many celebrities living in Kent, the Garden of England is also a great place for celebrity spotting, so don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled when visiting this part of the world.
Here’s an array of stars that have connections with the area and are often seen out and about.
Born in Canterbury back in 1977, this world-famous actor – well-known for playing Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy – often takes a break from his swanky lifestyle to visit his old Kentish stomping ground. Growing up, Orlando Bloom attended St Edmund’s School in the city and first practiced his acting skills at Canterbury’s much-loved Marlowe Theatre. In touch with his routes, the star recently supported East Kent’s campaign to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.
With a luxurious country home in Davington, Bob Geldof is most certainly one of Faversham’s most-famous residents. Having lived in the area for more than 30 years, Geldof has a strong attachment to Kent despite claiming he will leave the area if a harsh Brexit strategy is adopted. The Boomtown Rats singer and Live Aid co-founder regularly travels the world due to the nature of his job, but is regularly seen spending some downtime in his Kent haven.
Celebrities in Kent include food lover and charismatic MasterChef judge, Greg Wallace. Following his second divorce, Wallace moved to the beautiful seaside town of Whitstable to be near his family and is reportedly an avid supporter of the Whitstable Rugby Club. Such are his ties to the area, he even married his fourth wife at Hever Castle – the former childhood home of Anne Boleyn – with his MasterChef co-host John Torode as his best man.
From one foodie to another, Paul Hollywood has also set up camp in Kent, running an Aylesham-based bakery by the name of Paul Hollywood Artisan Bread. Best-known for his honest, no-nonsense judging style on The Great British Bake Off, Hollywood has spent many hours working alongside domestic goddess Mary Berry and is now treating the South East to his exceptional culinary skills.
When it comes to famous Kent artists, Tracey Emin is certainly one of the most memorable. Born in Margate, Emin’s career to date has been both intriguing and controversial, with her inspirational, confessional pieces giving a deep insight into her turbulent and often troubled life. While Emin’s honest approach to expressionism has gained her a loyal fan base, she has also caused quite a stir throughout the artistic world, with many finding her work to be a little too risqué.
With well-known celebrities flocking to Kent, it’s clear that this part of the world is wonderfully captivating. If you want to experience the charm for yourself, how about a stay at the Marquis at Alkham? Offering luxurious accommodation and a fine dining menus that’ll satisfy your hunger in style, this is the ideal place to relax and unwind.