20 famous people with links to the Basingstoke area

20 famous people with links to the Basingstoke area

20 famous people with links to the Basingstoke area

20 famous people with links to the Basingstoke area

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YOU might not associate Basingstoke with the glamorous world of celebrities. But there may be more famous faces linked with the borough of Basingstoke than you thought. Here are 20 people, from the internationally famous to the who are they? z-listers, who either live in the Basingstoke area, or have links to it. We’ll let you decide which end of the scale they fall on!

1. Harry Styles – the world-famous popstar's cousin, Ben Selley, lives in Tadley and is a member of Basingstoke boy band Concept. Harry’s grandfather also lives in Bramley. The One Direction singer was spotted in Sainsbury’s supermarket, in Tadley, at the time he was competing on X-Factor.

Basingstoke Gazette: REVIEW: One Direction: This Is Us

 

2. Liz Hurley – the model and actress, who was with Hugh Grant for 13 years, attended Harriet Costello School in the 1970s, now known as The Costello School.

 

Basingstoke Gazette: Elizabeth Hurley

3. Laura Marling – the Brit award winning singer grew up in Eversley, near Hook.

 Basingstoke Gazette: Laura Marling

4. Keith Chegwin – the 1980s television presenter lives in Ashmansworth, on the outskirts of Basingstoke and Deane. Last year he took part in ITV’s Dancing on Ice and rehearsed for the show at Basingstoke’s Planet Ice (pictured below).

Basingstoke Gazette: Keith Chegwin at Planet Ice, Basingstoke

5. Steve Hewlett – Steve came fourth on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent and now has a 38-tour theatre date.

Basingstoke Gazette: Steve Hewlett with Little Simon Cowell.

6. Tanita Tikaram – the 1980s popstar moved from her home country of Germany to Basingstoke when she was in her teens. Her brother actor, Ramon Tikaram, has been spotted in Basingstoke in recent years.

7. Katy Brand – the English comedy actress has reportedly been spotted in Oakley several times, visiting the local farm shop, sparking rumours that she has bought a house in the village. Watch the video below of Katy perfoming Beyonce's Single Ladies dance for Sport Relief.

8. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber – the famous British composer lives at Sydmonton Court, near Kingsclere.

Basingstoke Gazette: Lord Lloyd Webber

9. Clare Balding – the television presenter grew up in Kingsclere, where her family still live. Her brother, Andrew, runs Park House Stables in the village. Last year, Clare turned up to open Kingsclere’s village fete (pictured below).

Basingstoke Gazette: Clare Balding (centre) at St Mary's Church Fete

10. Dr Hilary Jones – the celebrity doctor became a junior doctor at Basingstoke hospital before becoming a GP in the Basingstoke area. The picture below is of Dr Jones opening a walk-in centre in Basingstoke.

Basingstoke Gazette: Dr Tania Phillips, chairman of Assura Hampshire Health, Niall Ferguson, clinical leader for NHS Hampshire, Dr Christian Chilcott, GP for Oakley and Overton Surgery, and Dr Hilary Jones

11. Shelley Conn - the television actress, who is best known for her role in BBC1’s Mistresses, was head girl at Cranbourne School before attending Queen Mary’s College.

Basingstoke Gazette: Shelley Conn, former head girl of Cranbourne School, in a scene from BBC drama Mistresses

12. Carl Barat – the lead guitarist of Dirty Pretty Things was born in Basingstoke and spent most of his childhood in Whitchurch.

13. Alex Thomson – the chief correspondent for Channel 4 News attended Cranbourne School.

14. Falcon – the former Gladiator, whose real name is Bernadette Hunt, lives in Basingstoke and used to work for the Sports Centre.

Basingstoke Gazette: Bernadette Hunt, aka Falcon, in her heyday   Pic by ITV/Rex Features

15. Sarah Ferguson – The Duchess of York lived at Dummer Down Farm, in Dummer, from the age of eight. In December 2012 she accompanied her daughter’s Beatrice and Eugenie and ex-husband Prince Andrew to the wedding of her stepmother, Susan Ferguson, at All Saints Church, in Dummer.

Basingstoke Gazette: 20 famous people with links to the Basingstoke area

16. John Frieda – the celebrity hairstylist, who was married to singer Lulu, lives in Upton Grey. In 2012 he helped save the village pub, the Hoddington Arms (pictured below), by reportedly donating funds along with two other businessmen.

Basingstoke Gazette: The Hoddington Arms

17. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson – the English socialite's father, Charles, owns the 1,200 acre Dummer Grange estate near Basingstoke.

18. Brian Wheeler – the dwarf actor, who lives in Whitchurch, has appeared in various television shows and films, including Return of the Jedi and Harry Potter. In 2010 he was in the news when Whitchurch installed an ATM cash machine 19.8 inches from the pavement - the perfect height for Brian (pictured below).

Basingstoke Gazette: Tall order to take out cash

19. Jody Scheckter – the former Formula One champion now lives in Laverstoke, where he owns Laverstoke Park Farm with his wife Clare.

Basingstoke Gazette: Jody Scheckter

20. Richard Adams – the author, who wrote Watership Down, lives in Whitchurch. The picture below shows him celebrating his 90th birthday in 2010 at The White Hart, in Whitchurch.

Basingstoke Gazette: Party time for Richard as he celebrates 90th

 

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12:59pm Thu 27 Feb 14

deepinsight says...

Whitchurch, Eversley, Kinsclere, Tadley, Laverstoke, Upton Grey, Ashmansworth, Oakley, Hook...

Hardly Basingstoke are they ????

For amusement try re-aranging the words in this sentence to form a well known saying:

At clutching straws.
Whitchurch, Eversley, Kinsclere, Tadley, Laverstoke, Upton Grey, Ashmansworth, Oakley, Hook... Hardly Basingstoke are they ???? For amusement try re-aranging the words in this sentence to form a well known saying: At clutching straws. deepinsight
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1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

JJ38JJ says...

deepinsight wrote:
Whitchurch, Eversley, Kinsclere, Tadley, Laverstoke, Upton Grey, Ashmansworth, Oakley, Hook...

Hardly Basingstoke are they ????

For amusement try re-aranging the words in this sentence to form a well known saying:

At clutching straws.
To be fair, the report does say 'area' and 'borough'. But I agree - it must be a slow news day.
[quote][p][bold]deepinsight[/bold] wrote: Whitchurch, Eversley, Kinsclere, Tadley, Laverstoke, Upton Grey, Ashmansworth, Oakley, Hook... Hardly Basingstoke are they ???? For amusement try re-aranging the words in this sentence to form a well known saying: At clutching straws.[/p][/quote]To be fair, the report does say 'area' and 'borough'. But I agree - it must be a slow news day. JJ38JJ
  • Score: -1

1:28pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Buster Preciation says...

Obviously no apparent order to this list. Number one is someone famous has a cousin who lives in the area! Following that logic it could be argued that the queen's ex-daughter-in-law used to live in Dummer, therefore the queen has links to the area.
Obviously no apparent order to this list. Number one is someone famous has a cousin who lives in the area! Following that logic it could be argued that the queen's ex-daughter-in-law used to live in Dummer, therefore the queen has links to the area. Buster Preciation
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10:41pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Marina Morris says...

Apparently the article is by our chief reporter: I thought it was going to be a task set for the work experience kid to keep them out of mischief for a couple of hours!
Apparently the article is by our chief reporter: I thought it was going to be a task set for the work experience kid to keep them out of mischief for a couple of hours! Marina Morris
  • Score: -2

11:16am Tue 4 Mar 14

JJ38JJ says...

Marina Morris wrote:
Apparently the article is by our chief reporter: I thought it was going to be a task set for the work experience kid to keep them out of mischief for a couple of hours!
Judging by the quality of some of the reporting on this site the work experience kid IS the chief reporter.
[quote][p][bold]Marina Morris[/bold] wrote: Apparently the article is by our chief reporter: I thought it was going to be a task set for the work experience kid to keep them out of mischief for a couple of hours![/p][/quote]Judging by the quality of some of the reporting on this site the work experience kid IS the chief reporter. JJ38JJ
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