11 celebrities you may or may not know own property in Hampstead
PUBLISHED: 13:35 25 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 25 February 2015
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Hampstead has a long tradition of attracting the rich and famous to its leafy hilltop village homes. Here’s a crop of the current celebrity residents.
Eighties pop star Boy George, who shot to fame as part of New Romantic band Culture Club, lives in Gothic splendour in a mid-Victorian building close to the Heath. The singer, 54, returned an 18th-century icon of Christ that he had bought from a London art dealer to the Church of Cyprus after discovering that it had been looted from the village of New Chorio.
Hampstead creative powerhouse duo fashion designer-turned-sculptor Nicole Farhi and playwright David Hare have lived in the area for decades in an 18th-century house. The garden is a prized asset and featured in the 1992 film Damage, which was written by Hare and starred Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche. Farhi also hosted a party for her friend the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzis 70th birthday in the garden, decorating the space with her collection of his sculptures.
One Direction star Harry Styles splashed out on a £3million house near the Heath Extension. The 21-year-old also reportedly owns a £2.6million mansion in Los Angeles.
James Corden, 36, moved into a new £3million London home last year with his wife Julia Carey and their two children. Friend Anne Hathaway paid an early visit last spring.The actor who has starred in television show Gavin and Stacey, acclaimed plays The History Boys and One Man, Two Guvnors, recently moved to Los Angeles to present The Late Late Show, where he will be renting a villa in Brentwood (near Michael Keaton, Burt Bacharach and Steven Spielberg) for £18,000 a month.
The famed novelist (real name David Cornwell) has lived in the village for many years and is a regular and familiar face at the Wells pub and Kenwood House café. The 83-year-old is best known for his spy fiction for which he draws inspiration from an early career working for the secret services. His most well-known books include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and his most recent offering, A Delicate Truth from 2013.
The Britpop bad boy has lived in north London for several years. The 41-year-old ex-Oasis and now Beady Eye frontman lived in a £5million mansion near the Heath with his ex-wife the former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton in 2008.
Part of a weighty tradition of Gallic Arsenal players living in Hampstead, relative newcomer Olivier Giroud, 28, lives in the area with his wife and infant daughter.
French footballer Patrick Vieira, 38, bought his property in Hampstead in 2001 while playing for Arsenal. Even after the former Arsenal captain transferred to Juventus, he and his wife, Cheryl Plaza, retained their foothold in leafy Hampstead. Last year Plaza was granted planning permission to demolish their two-bedroom 1990s home, which has an atrium swimming pool and roof garden. The couple plan to replace it with a new five-bedroom home, complete with basement cinema room.Vieira runs Manchester Citys elite development squad and also owns a £2.2million property in Cheshire.
Star of The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais, 52, moved to Hampstead in 2007 with long-term partner, the author Jane Fallon. The comedian, who also has an office in the village, didnt make a good impression with his neighbours after a spell of noisy building work creating a basement swimming pool under his £2million house.
Long-term Hampstead resident Sir Ridley Scott is one of the most successful directors of all time in a career spanning five decades. The multiple Oscar-winner, responsible for Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise and Gladiator, has lived in the village for more than 20 years and his daughter, film director Jordan Scott attended South Hampstead High School. Scott won a legal battle to build a stone gazebo in his garden a few years back, and has been a familiar face in the village in between making movies across the globe. The 75-year-old lives with his current partner, the actress Giannina Facio.
Thierry Henry bought his £10million Hampstead property with ex-wife, English model Nicole Merry, in the same year as fellow French Arsenal player Vieira.
Some of them have long and fruitful associations with the area, while others are more recent arrivals.
French Arsenal players past and present make a strong showing, as do actors and writers.
Pop stars also revel in the location where large secluded houses provide a degree of anonymity within the pretty urban village.
Who have we missed? What have been your best celeb spots in Hampstead?