Somerset is often thought to be a quiet rural area best known for farming and cider, but it is also a place where you might just bump into a very well known person.
Many celebrities have hidden connections to Somerset, such as being born in a small village or going to a school in the area.
Johnny Depp is rumoured to have a house in here and baking legend Mary Berry was born in Somerset.
Here is a list of celebrities who have hidden connections to Somerset and Bath.
1. Lily Allen
The British pop star went to Millfield School in Street.
Her first mainstream single, Smile, reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006 and Lily has been a firm fan favourite ever since.
2. Mary Berry
Mary Berry was born in Bath and studied catering and institutional management at Bath College of Domestic Science.
Since then she has published 75 cookery books and been the presenter of one of Britain’s most loved cookery shows – The Great British Bake Off.
In 2021, she was named as the first president of Bath Spa University Alumni Associaton.
3. Hugh Bonneville
The actor best known for playing Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey went to Sherborne School in Dorset before going on to read theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
He plays Mr Brown in the Paddington film series which earned him a nomination at the Golden Globes and two consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
4. Bill Bailey
The musician, comedian, actor, presenter and author was born in Bath in 1965.
He is best known for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News for You and QI and for his extensive stand-up work.
He went to school at King Edward’s School in Bath, where he was initially a highly academic pupil winning most of the prizes.
At the age of 15, he realised he preferred performing as a member of the school band Behind Closed Doors and he went on to be the only pupil at the school to do a music A-Level.
5. John Cleese
The English actor, comedian, screenwriter and producer was born in Weston-super-Mare. As a child he supported Somerset County Cricket Club and was educated at St Peter’s Preparatory School before winning a scholarship to Clifton College in Bristol.
Best known for co-founding Monty Python and for playing Basil Fawlty in Fawlty Towers for which he received the 1980 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance.
Since then he has appeared in two James Bond films as R and Q, Harry Potter as Nearly Headless Nick, and three Shrek films.
6. Russell Howard
The 39-year-old television presenter and comedian was born in Bath.
He is famous for his TV shows Russell Howard’s Good News and The Russell Howard Hour and for his TV appearances on Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo.
He now lives in London with his wife Cerys who he married in June this year and their Jack Russell Terrier named Archie.
7. Jenson Button
Jenson Button is Frome’s most famous Formula One driver, as he is the only one to ever be born in the small market town.
In 2009 he won the Formula One World Championship, driving for Brawn GP and he currently competes in the Japanese Super GT Series driving a Honda NSX-GT for Team Kunimitsu, in which he won the title in 2018.
8. Ann Widdecombe
The British politician and author, currently serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South West England, was born in Bath.
She retired from politics at the 2010 general election and went on Strictly Come Dancing series 8 the same year.
Mrs Widdecombe returned to politics in 2019 as the lead candidate for the Brexit part in South West England at the 2019 European Parliamentary Elections where she won her seat.
9. Jeremy Guscott
Mr Guscott is a former rugby union outside centre who played for Bath and the British and Irish Lions and appeared for England on the wing.
He was born in Bath and later attended Ralph Allen School.
He was originally a bricklayer, briefly drove buses for Badgerline in Bath and then worked for British Gas in a public relations role before turning professional.
10. Vanessa White
The former member of girl band The Saturdays was born in Yeovil in 1989.
Vanessa began her career as a threatre actress at an early age, appearing in several West End productions. She played Young Nala in The Lion King and played one of the King’s daughters in The King and I.
She auditioned as a member of The Saturdays in 2007 and as an individual has participated as a contestant in the first series of Popstar to Operastar and the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here.
11. Dame Jacqueline Wilson
The bestselling children’s author was born in Bath. Her books have sold more than 20 million copies and have been adapted for television, including The Story of Tracy Beaker.
As of 2019, she has written 111 books.
12. Angelica Mandy
Harry Potter fans will remember Angelica for her appearance in the Harry Potter franchise as Gabrielle Delacour.
The 27-year-old actress was born in Bath.
13. Alex Pettyfer
The 29-year-old actor and model rose to fame after being cast as Alex Rider, the main character of the 2006 film Stormbreaker.
The actor went to Millfield School in Street.
14. Alan Turing
Alan Turing OBE was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist.
Mr Turing is famed for building the Turing Machine, which is considered to be the first form of the computer.
During Second World War, he worked at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking centre that produced the Enigma machine which cracked coded messages from the Germans.
In 1923, aged 13, he attended to Sherborne School.
15. Kris Marshall
The actor known for his quirky roles in My Family, Love Actually and Death in Paradise went to school in Somerset.
He attended Wells Cathedral School for a number of years.
He’s currently onscreen in ITV’s Sanditon.
16. Alice Temperley
The British fashion designer grew up in Somerset on her parents’ cider farm.
She attended Huish Episcopi School in Huish Episcopi – a village on the outskirts of Langport.
Alice has been described as the English Ralph Lauren in an interview with the Daily Telegraph and she was awarded an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to the fashion industry.
17. Mark Getty
The founder of Getty Images was born in Rome but went to Taunton School in Taunton.
The son of Gail Harris and Sir John Paul Getty, Mark founded photographic agency Getty Images with Jonathan Klein in 1994.
It is now the worlds leading supplier of imagery for the media, corporate and advertising sectors.
18. Alexander Felstead
Made in Chelsea fans will know that Alexander prefers to go by the name Binky.
As one of the cast originals, appearing in the first season aired in 2011, Binky has always been a firm favourite with fans. She even got her own spin-off show Educating Binky.
Like Mark Gerry, Binky went to Taunton School and has been known to go back to the school from time to time.
19. Ella Eyre
Ella is best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on the UK number one single Waiting All Night, which won the 2014 Brit Award for British Single of the year.
Ella went to Millfield School in Somerset before attending the BRIT School for performing arts.
20. Rupert Graves
Actor Rupert Graves was born in Weston-super-Mare and was educated at Wyvern Community School.
Recently he has starred in BBC series Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Last Tango in Halifax.
He is also knwn for his work in The Madness of King George, A Room with a View and The Forsyte Saga.
21. Sir Ian Bothan
Sir Ian is one of country’s most successful cricketers of all time.
Ian’s parents moved to Yeovil after his father got a job as a test engineer at Westland Helicopters. Both his parents played cricket: his father for Westland Sports Club while his mother captained a nursing services team at Sherborne.
Botham developed a keenness for cricket at an early age and would climb through the fence of the Yeovil Boy’s Grammar School to watch them play.
Bothan went to Milford Junior School and began playing cricket and football for the school’s teams. He then went to Buckler’s Mead Comprehensive School in Yeovil where he quickly gained captaincy of the schools cricket team.
His performance gained the attention of Somerset County Cricket Club and he played for the team as a 15 year old. He went on to have an successful career and is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history.
22. Juno Temple
The actress known for Black Mass, The Dark Knight Rises, Wild Child, Atonement and The Other Boleyn Girl went to King’s College, Taunton.
Juno grew up in Taunton and attended Enmore Primary School and Bedales School before going to King’s.
23. Sarah Parish
Sarah is an English actress known for Broadchurch, Cutting It, Doctor Who and more.
The TV star was born in Yeovil and went to local Preston School and Yeovil College.
Sarah began acting at an early age and made her first appearance aged two in a pantomime in the village of Tintinhull.
She also went to Yeovil Youth Theatre.
24. Maisie Williams
The actress best known for playing Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and as Ashildr in Doctor Who.
The young star grew up in Midsomer Norton and went to Norton Hill School.
25. Edgar Wright
The director, screenwriter and producer best known for movies Hot Fuzz, Sean of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, went to Wells Blue School in Wells.
Edgar was born in Poole but grew up in Wells and there is an honourary blue plaque at Wells Blue School for him.
26. Jos Buttler
The famous cricketer went to King’s College in Taunton. He is currently vice captain of the England cricket team and plays for Lancashire.
27. The Beatles
The Beatles performed in Taunton twice in 1963 at The Gaumont Cinema, which was later turned into the Odeon and then a bingo hall.
In 2021, the County Gazette also reported rare footage of the foursome eating food at Smedley’s fish and chip shop in Roman Road in 1967 as they took a break from filming the Magical Mystery Tour.
28. Andrew Castle
Andrew Castle was once Britain’s number one tennis player reaching the final of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open in 1987.
Andrew’s played whilst a pupil at Richard Huish College in Taunton.
He is now best known for having a successful TV career, having hosted Good Morning TV and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.
29. Gary Rhodes
Restaurateur and TV presenter Gary is the former head chef at The Castle Hotel in Taunton.
Since then he has fronted food shows such as MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and Rhodes Around Britain.
30. Nicholas Cage
Nicholas Cage, the famous Hollywood star known for being in National Treasure, Kickass, The Rock is said to have a home near Bath and has been spotted in Glastonbury.
31. Peter Andre
Peter has a link to Taunton as his wife comes from the town. Famous for his 90s hit songs, Mysterious Girl and for being previously married to glamour model Katie Price, Peter is rumoured to have a house in the Taunton area.
32. Deborah Meaden
The business women known for being a long time judge on Dragons Den has a long association with Somerset.
She was born in the county and is reported to have got a taste for business when leading donkey rides on Minehead beach at the age of eight.
She now has a home on the Somerset Levels and is thought to have a net worth of £40 million.
33. Kevin McCloud
The star of Grand Designs has chosen Frome to be his home town. McCloud currently lives in a converted 15th century farmhouse on Frome’s outskirts.
34. Johnny Depp
Star of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Johnny Depp is rumoured to have several properties around Somerset having been spotted around Bath several times.
35. Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Fiennes used to run a country farm estate in Exmoor, Somerset, with his first wife Virginia Pepper who passed away in 2004. At the farm the pair raised cattle and sheep.
Sir Ranulph is a British explorer and holder of several endurance records as well as being a writer and a poet.
36. Boris Johnson
Despite being born in New York, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a large part of his childhood at his family’s farm in Exmoor.
The 500 acre farm is located in Nethercote, near Winsford in West Somerset, and is still owned by the Johnson family.
According to the biography Just Boris , Mr Johnson gained his first experiences with fox hunting at the farm.
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