You wouldn’t naturally think that St Albans and Hemel Hempstead were famous for celeb-spotting, but it seems that a myriad of celebrities are proud to call St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and the surrounding areas their home, living in varying types of properties which they’ve either invested in, or are renting.
It makes sense, given the location we are situated in, that those in the spotlight would be attracted to the local area for the same reason as us regular members of the public would be. There is a wide and varied property portfolio on offer to make your home in, the local conveniences and attractions are vast, and then of course there is the proximity to London to consider, and a variety of good travel links, taking you to a whole host of destinations around the world.
So who are these famous members of society who live among us? Well the local Facebook Groups are rife with stories of how celebs have been spotted shopping in town and at the local supermarkets (hey, they’ve got to eat…), hanging out at attractions like the Cinema and the XC in Jarman Park, and enjoying a morning stroll around Verulamium Park or a spot of lunch at Sopwell House and the local McDonalds!
Given our proximity to Elstree Studios, it’s not surprising that one of the most common bunch of celebrities who are rumoured to call the local area home are past and present members of the cast of EastEnders. Kelly Bright who plays Linda is said to live in St Albans, Jake Wood who plays Max apparently lives in Hemel, with Lacey Turner who plays Stacey and Pam St Clement who played Pat Butcher, said to be living in Radlett. Also living in Radlett is rumoured to be TV Chef Gino Di Campo.
Speaking of TV Chefs, Gino’s fellow “This Morning” star Phil Vickery apparently lives near Bovingdon, with wife, presenter Fern Britton, and fellow TV Presenter Nick Knowles is also said to live close by in the Hemel area.
Rupert Grint, who spent many hours filming as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, locally at Leavesden Studios is also said to be a local resident, as is fellow actor Martin Freeman. Rosie Marcel, Holby City Actress also lives locally in St Albans whilst Sir Roger Moore, who sadly died last year was said to live for many years in Leverstock Green.
The local area also boast a whole host of ex and current sports people including footballers Les Ferdinand, John Barnes, Theo Walcott and Harry Winks, who are said to have considered Herts a great base for their footballing careers. England Rugby International Chris Ashton also lives in the local area, and as many locals will know, Max Whitlock, International Gymnast is one of Dacorum’s most famous exports.
Then there’s music artists David Essex, Duncan James from Blue, Emma Bunton from the Spice Girls and now of Heart Radio Fame, Matt Willis from Busted and wife Emma Willis and Harry Judd from Mcfly. Ronnie Wood is also rumoured to live just outside Hemel Hempstead in Little Gaddesden.
So when it comes to celeb properties, is it all high-tech kitchens, tennis courts and inside and outside swimming pools, or are there more modest abodes? Well whilst some of Hertfordshire’s most famous residents are said to live in sprawling mansions and luxurious penthouses, many other celebrities prefer far more humble abodes and like many of us, just frequent an apartment, or a regular terrace, semi, or detached house, so you never know…they could be living next door to you!
So you see, living in the St Albans and Hemel Hempstead areas, we really are in great company! Here at Aubrey and Finn we love to help sell homes of all sorts (whether they are lived in by a celebrity or not) and we also love to give advice. Sadly we can’t tell you how to bag a celeb as your next door neighbour, but we can help you with all aspects of sales, rentals and Airbnb for your property, so feel free to get in touch!