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Cringing Cult of Celebrity in Ealing, Greater London*

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  • ex-resident: Neil Kinnock
  • Loop Guru come from Ealing
  • Gladly, none.
  • John (Speedy) Keene, Thunderclap Newman, all round nice Chap, Great drummer, and A regular of the Royal Oak Opposite what is now the Waterglade, sadly missed.
  • "Speedy" Keane, and Jim Avery (Pitman Avery) Thunderclap Newman, Charlie Watts used the Greyhound Pub.
  • two of the Magic numbers are from Hanwell
  • well jeffory from fresh prince, i think he may live in ealing. Saw him in west ealing..and yes it was him. Jamaroquai has his grafiti on some of the walls and i think went to tvu. thats what tvu say. Charlie Brookes shops sometimes. Tina from Sclub 7 can be seen on chiswick as she lives there.Not too far of lady sovereign but shes a neaden/harlsden gal
  • Angelica Bell from CBBC and Connie Huq from Blue Peter both used to go to Notting Hill. Lynne Read Banks, author of The Red Indian or something, lives here. Dick and/or Dom (possibly living in da bungalow). Ralf Little. Darren Jordan BBC news presenter. Various others
  • Sid James lived in Gunnersbury Avenue in the sixties. Arthur Haynes lived in Popes Lane in the sixties A bloke from Fleetwood Mac was born in Almond Avenue. (I lived at 45) Neil Kinnock lived in Church Lane (I saw him in MVC West Ealing, now fancy apartments!) i think he lives in Montpelier Road now. A bloke from Crossroads lived in Airedale Road, often seen in the Coop South Ealing Road during the seventies. I'll ask my mum what his name was. Dot Cotton's husband: Jim Brannon lives in Northfields. Jay Kay of Jamirouquai used to go in the Bakers Oven (now a pub) to buy doughnuts. Phillip Schofield had a flat in Castlebar Road - my sister used to hang around it for his autograph (she wouldn't admit to it now!!!)
  • Mitch Mitchell of The Jimi Hendrix Experience is seen from time-to-time shopping at Sainsburys in West Ealing. It seems that he's been attached to the area for a long time. The following extract tells us something quite fascinating about the old Marshall Amplification shop in Hanwell - now Tony's Barber Shop in Uxbridge Road, Hanwell.The extract is taken from the Marshall Amplification website: On Saturday 8th October 1966, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell, introduced James (Jimi) Marshall Hendrix to Jim Marshall at the Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London Shop in England. Jimi Hendrix, expressed his desire to use Marshall equipment and, Marshall Amplification supplied the Jimi Hendrix Experience with a number of 100 watt Super lead amplifiers.(END OF EXTRACT) The other interesting things about the area are that Deep Purple made an album there and I believe that the folloowing link will tell all: http://www.deep-purple.net/archive/a-z/hanwell.htm Charlie Chaplin was also a local and was educated locally
  • Jamiroquai!! Jay Kay went to Drayton, and played first gigs in the Haven and in Broadway Boulevard
  • The wonderful Alan Rickman was born and grew up in Acton.
  • Steve Mann of the sweet mk11 and fire lives here. Pete Townshend and his family used to live here. Hamilton Lee of Furniture and transglobal underground originates from here and Tony Butler of Big Country.going further back Tracy ullman is from Hanwell: Bob...sports announcer on radio 5 Jay Kay; some of the brand new heavies;Rick Wakeman, Terry Ollis original Hawkwind drummer I think Glen Hoddle was born here.....the place is swarming with celebs
  • Charlie Chaplin, JK from Jameroqui went to Drayton Manor (my school)oh yeaye, the great celebritys...
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  • Apparantly Jay Kay from Jamiraqui used to live/ work in Ealing.
  • Apparently Andy Serkis aka Gollum used to go to St Bendydicks.
  • Jamiroquai! Ealing is also very famous for the 'Ealing Comedies' on the fifties and sixties.
  • Jameriqui (how the hell you 'spose to spell that) was our old resident spending his younger years at the depot on his sidewalk surfer (now kown as skateboards). And the new movie Shaun of the Dead was so i'm told made in ealing studios
  • Mike from The Young Ones near Pitshanger. Lisa Rodgers, but haven't found her place yet...
  • i once saw elvis walkin down the street with hendrix.....could 'ave been the lsd!
  • John Sergeant - former political editor at BBC and ITN.
  • ralf little and dominic wood also the black girl of cbbc
  • Frank Richards - creator of Billy Bunter, and other school tales. A plaque in Ealing shopping precinct says he lived in a house that stood there. Lionel Bart - songster, famous for 'Oliver', etc.(did you know he introduced Tommy Steele to Larry Parnes - before your time maybe?) He came from the East End, made the big time, then wound up pissed in a flat in Acton. Most of us skip the middle bit. Bill Owen ("Compo"). Born Acton Green, first starred in Acton Co-op Drama Society, then via Unity Theatre to be cockney character in countless black-and-white movies, before donning famous wellies and becoming Yorkshire tyke for Last Of The Summer Wine.
  • Ronnie wood, Freddy Mercury and Pete Townshend all went to Ealing arts college
  • Chris Searle -ex That's Life Jon Entwhistle -The Who bassist used to live on Corringway Lots of Monty Python filmed in Ealing Rolling Stones very first performance was in a small club underneath the 'Better Half' pub opposite Ealing Broadway station .THe space is still there, but locked and out of use. Alan Jones-the great Australian F1 World Champion lived here, until he earned so much he went to live in Switzerland!
  • Neil & Glynnis Kinnock
  • Theo (aka neo)the midget with the big nose from Twyford high school year 99, a legend!!!
  • Rick Wakeman went to Drayton Manor in Hanwell & Roger Daltrey went to Acton County nee Grammar
  • A lot of the old 60's and 70's TV series used to be made in the streets and parks around Ealing studios. Series like 'Sykes' 'The Avenue' and some of the 'Confessions of a' films. Can be quite amusing 'location spotting' (if you have nothing else to do!!)
  • John Mc Vie, joint founder of pop group 'Fleetwood Mac' was a former pupil of Walpole Grammar School in Northfields.
  • Freddie Mercury lived here.
  • I have seen Rula Lenska walking around
  • John Sergeant BBC man
  • Sid James (of "Carry-On" fame) lived on Gunnersbury Ave; convenient for Ealing Studios, I imagine.
  • Jason Kay of Jamiroquai. Brand New Heavies.

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Last updated: 2013-05-07

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