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Cringing Cult of Celebrity in Bethnal Green, Greater London*

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  • Emanuel Litvinoff wrote "Journey Through A Small Planet", a memoir about growing up in the East End in the 1930s. It is a fantastic read!
  • Leona Lewis (Winner of the X Factor)
  • MR MENDOZA, one of the founders of modern boxing, lived in Paradise Row (you can see the blue plate commemorating the fact) SIR PETER PAUL RUBENS(FAMOUS PAINTER) stayed at Nettleswell House for a few weeks during the Great Plague. SAMUEL PEPYS visted the area to pick stawberries, ISAAC ROZENBURG Famous WW1 poet , lived in the area.
  • Barbara Windsor Kray Twins Charlie Magri - He has a few shops as well, one being a pet shop. Jack The Ripper (short residential periods only... Probably) Daniel Mendoza (English heavyweight boxing champ 1792-1795) Marcus Garvey (I only have a mates word for that though)
  • Pete Doherty and Carl Barat of the Libertines used to live here, as did Razorlight and Dominic Masters of the Others namechecks his flat "just off Cambridge Heath Road" on their debut album
  • I believe Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse once shared a squat on the Kingsmead Estate.
  • Les Mckeown of Bay City Rollers, see, told you its full of people no other council wants!!!!!
  • Then: Harrowgate rd E9; The Communards group Then & Now: Christopher Biggins E9 area Then: Les McKweon (Then Lead singer of Bay City Rollers)E5 area Then: Robbie Coltraine actor E9 area Now: Joanne Guest model Corrrr!!! E9 area Now: Lee Hurst comedian E2 area
  • Christopher Thingy. The scouse geezer from Aufweidershoen(?) Pet. Lived in the block of flats next door
  • Hackney has lots of ex-Big Brother people and soem porn stars (I think). Plenty of B-List Japanese too because of the Burberry factory off Morning Lane.
  • Loads of boxers lived in and around the area, The famous jewish boxer Mendoza who lived in Paradise Row.
  • Tommy from Groundforce
  • Harry Enfield lived above a Kebab shop in Mare Street Hackney, Carol (Tiffs Mum in E/Enders) lives near Viccy Park.Vidal Sassoon and Peter Sellers are also good old Cockneys
  • Pat Brookman - world social traveller of snow slopes and Western Australian heat waves (not the surfing varieyt) and local nursing identity (prizes to identify which medical establishment....)
  • Big Breakfast - walk down the canal east along Victoria park. At the first T-junction go right, up over the bridge and back the way you came along the opposite side of the river. Walk for about 1 mile and suddenly you'll hit Old Ford Lock in all it's glory - giant gnome and all. Never been in the morning but it's sweird any time.
  • Bianca from EastEnders lives (lived?) in Bethnal Green. So does Jah Wobble, once of PiL. Fat Bloke Christopher Biggins (remember?)and the bloke from TV's "Ground Force" who is it not Dimmock or Tichmarsh in Viccy Park area. Comedienne Donna McPhail of short-lived "Sunday Show". Helen Baxendale in Stokey, apparently. Buster Bloodvessel in Clapton.
  • Mr J. Rotten probably went to Brooke House Scool not Broke House.
  • Harold Pinter, Thistlewaite Road, E5 Marcus Garvey, Stamford Hill
  • The Kray Twins, of course. Born on Vallance Road.
  • Newest resident is Mel from the original Big Brother. London Fields area. Saw her in a Ikubo talking about sanding her floor in newly bought house.
  • Ray Ilott. played at the Orient and later went onto greater things in Australia, playing for Australia in 1975/6
  • Just a tidbit, I'd probably get killed for telling people on the net, but I'll tell you, in the Famous residents/ex-residents for Hackney, Julia Ormond is a resident/ex-resident (I don't know which).
  • Phil Collen, guitarist for Def Leppard, was born and grew up in Hackney.
  • Colin Firth (Mr D'Arcy/Fever Pitch )lives here.
  • Barbara Windsor went to Our Lady at Stamford Hill and got thrown out.
  • Johny Rotten also attended Broke House School in Hackney.
  • Nigel from EastEnders.

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Last updated: 2008-04-26

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