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It has been established that Somerset has its fair share of celebrity connections.

While A-listers such as Johnny Depp, who was once rumoured to own a house in Somerset, still remain in the public eye – others seem to have stepped out of the limelight.

You may be wondering where some of the stars are after appearing to have dropped off the radar – perhaps some may have slipped from your memory entirely.

Others will still be pretty famous and up to exciting things – you just didn’t notice.

Here is what some of the well-known folk with Somerset connections have been up to recently.

1 – Jacqueline Wilson

Not noticed the Tracey Beaker writer in a while?

She has recently embarked on a book tour where she visited several venues across the country, including Bath.

In October, she wrote on her website: “Dear everyone, it’s going to be a busy busy busy time for me this month!

“I shall be whizzing all over the country talking about my new book We Are The Beaker Girls.”

The Yeovil-born singer is best known for being a member of girl band The Saturdays.

After the band split, Vanessa pursued her solo career.

In 2017, she dropped her second EP, Chapter 2 and also appeared on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

It would perhaps be fair to say that her solo career did not go as well as her time with the girl group.

3 – Stewart Copeland

The drummer in The Police.

Born in Virginia, Copeland moved from the US to Street for his education at Millfield School.

Last year, The Police released a six vinyl boxset, Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings, celebrating 40 years of their album, Outlandos D’Amour.

Other than that he appears to be keeping out of the limelight and enjoying his back catalogue!

4 – Mary Berry

Cook, author and television presenter

Since leaving The Great British Bake Off when the show moved to Channel 4 from the BBC, what is the former bake-off judge up to?

The 84-year-old, who was born in Bath, seems to have stayed in touch with Sue Perkins, who also left the the Bake Off.

Mary appeared on Sue’s podcast, An Hour or So With, in October.

According to her website, “Exciting filming and books planned over the coming year.”

5 – Alexandra ‘Binky’ Felstead

Reality TV star

The former Taunton School student is known for her appearance in Made in Chelsea.

She left the E4 show in 2017 after falling pregnant with ex-partner Josh Patterson, who was also on the show at the time.

Binky has since founded The Mummy Tribe, an online publisher and event organiser.

6 – John Cleese

Actor and writer

The actor and writer is known for legendary sketch comedy, Monty Python and for his infamous character in Fawlty Towers.

The programmes aired as early as the 60s but Cleese, born in Weston-Super-Mare, is still providing the comedy.

In 2018, his sitcom, Hold the Sunset aired on the BBC and returned for a second series this year.

Mr Cleese was born and raised in Weston-super-Mare

7 – Ritchie Blackmore

Founding member of Deep Purple

The guitarist, born in Weston-super-Mare, is currently in Blackmore’s Night, a folk rock band consisting of Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night.

This year he also toured with rock band Rainbow, originally formed in 1975.

8 – Kris Marshall

Kris, who was born in Bath, is known for his role in Love Actually (2003) and Death at a Funeral (2007).

You might also recognise him from those BT adverts…

The 46-year-old played an inspector in drama series Death in Paradise for three series before leaving in 2017.

In October this year, he appeared on Good Morning Britain to promote his new film Trick or Treat.

Kris Marshall went to school in Somerset. The actor is known for roles in My Family, Love Actually and Death in Paradise

Dom, from children’s TV presenting duo, Dick and Dom, hasn’t appeared to be very active in the past couple of years.

Fear not, the CBBC presenter, who went to school in Taunton, did confirm he was still best friends with Dick in an interview with The Metro.  

In 2016, the duo returned to CBBC to look back at 20 years of Dick & Dom.

George first entered the limelight as a member of Union J, a boy band created on X-Factor in 2012.

In 2016, George left the band to pursue other ambitions and went on to present the Capital Breakfast Show for around a year.

The 26-year-old has also worked on his solo music and in 2016 released his debut solo EP called 360.

This year, he released a BBC Three documentary on coping with the death of his sister, who died from a head injury while on a night out in Bristol in 2017.

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