Celebrity Spotting in Richmond

A guest post by Steve Carson, local resident and bon-viveur.

This morning I was walking along Church Street in Twickenham with Mr Totally Richmond and stopped for a coffee at Pincho (which also happens to be quite a good Spanish restaurant) and suddenly realised that we were sitting about 15 feet from Miranda Hart who was shooting a scene from her upcoming new series in Crusader Travel. Such fun.

Although we certainly had a good look to see what was going on, after a couple of minutes we went back to our coffee and pain au chocolat, and continued our conversation. Now clearly Miranda isn’t the most famous person in the known universe, but she’s certainly very well known in the UK, and both my wife and I love her show… so it struck me odd that we were so relaxed about seeing her. And then I realised that there are just so many celebs in Richmond its almost a common occurrence to see them.

Let’s start with double olympic gold medal winner, Mo Farah. Team GB’s most accomplished athlete at the recent games, it wasn’t unusual to see him running around Teddington / Bushy Park before he left to train in the US, and after the games he spent a fair amount of time in the Borough – presumably to quietly check out his two golden postboxes. I’ve met a few locals who’ve spoken to him and they say he’s every much as a gent as he seems in his TV interviews.

There were also quite a few other Olympians in the Borough, training and/or staying at St Mary’s University and the Lensbury… and all of the cyclists racing through our streets.

In the world of film we had two of the world’s biggest movie stars living in Richmond last summer.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie not only rented a house for their family while Brad was filming in the UK, but seemed quite happy to wander around the local streets, popping into the Richmond Odeon and local shops from time to time, and other than there being a few shots by the papparazzi, they were generally not hassled.

Again, I think that’s down to us all being rather used to seeing stars here. Let’s face it, Keira Knightly grew up in Teddington and Richmond – although i’m not sure she was quite at superstar status when she attended Teddington School.

My first local superstar spot was also a double. Back in the late 1990s I found myself sitting in a pizza restaurant in Barnes (can’t remember its name now – it used to be round the corner from Sonny’s, where Rocks Lane meets Castlenau) on a table right next to a really attractive woman with her husband and kids. They were enjoying a casual lunch, just like any other family. After a few moments the penny dropped. It was Yasmin and Simon Le Bon. No-one else in the restaurant seemed to even notice…

And of course Barnes and Richmond is full of TV-types, with many reported spottings of the well known. After a quick Facebook post I find my local friends have seen Amanda Redman, Patricia Hodge, Giles Brandreth, Trevor Macdonald, Philip Glenister, Jane Horrocks and Peter Bowles. To add to that list I have walked past both Peter Snow and his son Dan, as well as Tim Rice.

But surely most well loved lovey must be Richard Attenborough who reportedly lives on Richmond Green… and in terms of rock’n’roll… Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger. I can’t find anyone who’s seen Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the world wide web, but i’m unreliably told by Wikipedia that he lives or lived here. And someone once said they saw Gordon Ramsey running in Richmond Park… but again, I’m not sure he lives here.

Twickenham seems to be the home of comedy. Nick Frost can be regularly seen on Twickenham High Street as can Rob Brydon (who is technically in Strawberry Hill) and since they have young children, in the playgrounds. Strawberry Hill is also home to Keeley Hawes of Ashes to Ashes fame. If you’re interested in knowing more about local Twickers celebs, you should visit the Twickenham Museum website which has a huge list of historical figures including Noel Coward and King Manoel II of Portugal.

Having said all this, it would be fair to say there’s one outright winner in the quest for ‘most famous in Richmond Borough’. No-one else really in his league. He may not have a huge twitter following, but there have been many films and tv series made about him, with a certain amount of focus on his love life, his wealth and his ambition. Unfortunately he is no longer with us… Yes, King Henry VIII who lived at Hampton Court Palace. And honestly, if I saw him in Carluccio’s, I’d certainly stop and stare.

Steve Carson is a local resident and bon-viveur. He contributes to blogs when pressured by his friends.

// STOP PRESS // Rumours that George Clooney is looking for a house in Richmond, as of May 2014

Who have you spotted in your local Tesco or Starbucks? Leave a comment below!

31 comments to Celebrity Spotting in Richmond

  • Craig Smith

    I saw Gordon Ramsey in Richmond Park in his full Lycra cycling gear in June 2012.

  • hey you missed out my favourite! John Hannah regularly hangs at The Marlborough 😉 and Ben from GMTV frequents the playground near the White Horse (not to tout, but with a child…she says hastily)

  • Denise Jones

    Spotted Ant and Dec in So Bar on Brewers Lane a couple of months back. It was quite strange to see them in the flesh, both really friendly guys though.

  • Always seeing Sally Phillips on the bus on the Upper Richmond Road; Richard E Grant is often in and around Richmond; also spotted John Hannah in the White Swan with Richard Ashcroft and family; Sophie Raworth does Richmond parkrun occasionally; Omid Djalili is in the East Sheen Waitrose now and again; and last night I saw Bob Willis in Mortlake. I also once saw Katherine Jenkins in East Sheen, although at the time I just thought it was someone who looked like her. She was wearing a Wales rugby shirt though so I really should have known!

  • And this was just tweeted to us… by @KewGardening

    @TotallyRichmond you’ve missed our very own @Gabby_Logan and@krishgm. And Lawrence Dallaglio is often in the village

  • Twickermum

    My personal favourite is the lovely Anthony Head, whom I’ve seen several times in St Margaret’s. Sadly was too shy to declare my love…

  • Steve Pulfrey

    Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Friends) it’s often around Richmond and occasionally at the Hollyhock café on Richmond Terrace.

  • Jane F

    I find that Waitrose seems to be a good place to spot celebs. I can’t seem to ever get round the Richmond branch without seeing someone recognisable (even if I can’t always put a name to the face). Kingston Waitrose is not quite so prolific, but I have seen Annabel Croft and John ‘nasty nick’ Alford several times (not together I hasten to add).

  • Jane F

    Oops, it’s John Altman (Nasty Nick Cotton) not Alford. #notgoodwithnames

  • Leaf

    Passed John Hannah + kids walking their dog on Friars Stile Road. Stopped to pat dog and didn’t recognise him at first just thought he looked vaguely familiar. Saw Jerry Hall + male friend on King Street – they both had lovely hair.

  • hils

    I’ve been on the 209 with Peter Bowles! Nigel Havers used often be seen in Barnes and crossed the road passed Nick Knowles recently in Chiswick.

  • Sic O'Phant

    Sweetie, we are *so* cool and relaxed about celebs in Richmond, what! We’re used to it, don’t-cha-know. When we tire of celeb spotting here, there’s always Kingston! – Yah. That’s so *grounding* – helps keeps one’s feet on the ground. In Kingston, one can see Moses, the tramp who talks to schoolkids a bit too much. Yah. Lots of poor people live outside Richmond. One can go spotting them too.

  • P S

    Hugh Bonneville AKA Earl of Grantham spotted on main street in Richmond and Sir Trevor Mcdonald in Multi-storey car park. Just like that… So casual.

  • Jamie

    See Richard e grant quite regularly putting rubbish out on petersham road. Nick frost seen him a few times too in Richmond.

  • John

    Bob Willis often used to be seen in The Princes Head on Richmond Green – but apparently, the pub was unsuccessful in their attempts to get him to play for the pub cricket team !

  • Dawn

    I asked someone in Waitrose where they’d got their turkey tin from, and hadn’t noticed it was Hannah Spearritt from S Club 7. Multiple sightings of ‘Enders Dirty Den, one he was doing his dirty laundry in St Margs (no, really, he was at the launderette). The other he appeared to be tipsy.

    Also spotted Richard E Grant wandering down the riverfront. Cool guy.

  • Emma Thompson

    Andrew Marr running in Richmond Park – some years ago now. Think he lives in Coval Road, East Sheen. Also Richard E. Grant chatting on his phone on the benches outside Whole Foods. Nick Frost outside Jack and Jill Prep, Twickenham Green with his son. Nice smile and very round eyes! I love where I live!

  • kaz

    Fearne cotton moved there she’s always at kew gardens sure her house is on church road..

  • Robert

    If I were to see Giles Brandreth walking casually down the street in Richmond I”m not sure I would be able to control my faculties.

  • Robert

    Teddington is full of A-Listers. Andy Peters and Mark Curry are both residents just to name a couple. It’s basically like Los Angeles here – you never know who you might bump into.

  • From Charli Chippendale on our Facebook page…

    “Often see Leslie Grantham ‘Dirty Den’, Charlie Stayt and Nick Frost in St Margarets. Richmond – See Dougie Poytner and Ellie Goulding often, Trevor MacDonald, Amanda Holden, Steve John Shepherd (Michael Moon), Anna Ford, Lawrence Fox and Ben Shepherd.”

  • From Andreea Andu on our Facebook page…

    “:)) saw nick frost, bob brydon a few times but the best of all were Mr. Mathew McFayden in Marble Hill Park”

  • Christine

    My son served Idris Elba in the Marlborough a while back. He said John Hannah used to go in there a fair bit too. I live in Kingston and we NEVER see any famous faces there.

  • Ronni

    I saw Brian Blessed at the cash machine near M+s.
    and John Hannah with 3 kids walking up the high street. I saw various people that looked familiar…but cannot remember their names..saw a lady from Eastenders that used to be on it a while ago…Whenever I go to Richmond always see people that are on films or Tv….popular place !!

  • Samantha

    I read that Tom Hardy bought a stunning 2 million home in Richmond, south west London. He’s the Legend star, who grew up in nearby East Sheen, he’s got Mick Jagger and Richard Ashcroft as neighbours at the Georgian property. He often walks his two dogs in the local park, has anyone seen him? I see him but was too embarrassed to walk up to him lol! Amazing place Richmond x

  • John Murphy

    Hi folks.

    I went out in twickenham last night with my wife to meet a few friends who were down from up north for the rugby match between Argentina and barbarians and we met in the weather spoons bar on twickenham high street.i could not believe who was in there on a Saturday night sitting alone enjoying a drink.none other than David Jason.he was sitting just next to us and I asked him if he was well and shook his hand.great to see such a great man.sir David Jason.

  • John Murphy

    Oh and also seen Johnny Vegas in sainsburys in north sheen.during the summer I seen Richard Ashcroft at traffic lights on Kew road in a vintage merc.my wife also seen tony Blackburn in sainsburys at north sheen.

  • David Smith

    A few of the musical types….
    Seen Paul Weller in the Angel and Crown.
    Many years ago, Pete Green ….Fleetwood Mac….on the Green
    Pete Townsend in the Cricketers

  • lisa

    does holly willoubhy live in barnes

  • Algis

    Richmond Odeon: Richard E.Grant; Richmond, just on the street in the centre of town: Nell McAndrew, Omid Djalil, Joey Barton(!), Zac Goldsmith; The White Horse: Ben Shepard & Chris Kamara (together); Kingston: Katherine Jenkins & Gethin Jones; The Plough in East Sheen: Katherine Jenkins & hubby (not Gethin) & tot, also Garth Crooks; Richmond Green & the chippy nearby: Tom Hardy; Olympic Cinema Cafe, Barnes: Gary Lineker & ex-wife Danielle Bux; East Sheen Waitrose: Holly Willoughby; The Victoria in East Sheen: Fearne Cotton & Sally Phillips; The Sun Inn in Barnes: Garth Crooks; Mortlake station: Andrew Marr; Cafe Nero in East Sheen: Adrian Chiles & Catherine Tate; Everywhere in Sheen: Trevor McDonald; Kew village, in a Range Rover: Lawrence Dallaglio. Phew!

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