The surprising part of South London where shedloads of celebrities live among us – My London



In a city like London it’s not surprising we get more than our fair share of celebrities.

This metropolis is often and rightly considered the capital of the world (we might be a little biased on that) and its because of this that famous people are drawn to it.

Some areas are considered more of a draw than others so it’s always interesting to see where global superstars make their homes.

Of course there’s the obvious places like Notting Hill and Kensington but another celebrity hotspot can be found in a surprising corner of South London.

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The residents of East Dulwich have boasted stars such as neighbours such as Tom Cruise and Jo Brand over the years.

Famous for its art gallery and open spaces, nearby Dulwich Village is a magnet for anyone who can afford it – it’s got great, and private, family homes as well as good transport links.

Here are all the celebrities who call or who have called East Dulwich home at some point.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is arguably one of the most famous people alive (Image: Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

The Top Gun star bought a place in the area in 1999 when he was still with Nicole Kidman.

After their split that £2m house was reportedly sold and Cruise got himself another pad nearby.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand attends the UK film premiere of “Starfish” at The Curzon Mayfair in 2016 (Image: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

The beloved comedian Jo Brand has often been seen around town.

She told the Evening Standard she moved into the area to annoy cabbies who would refuse to drive south of the river.

James Nesbitt

Cold Feet star James Nesbitt (Image: Ian West/PA Wire)

The award winning Northern Irish actor has lived in the area for ages and is occasionally seen at the games of the local football team, Dulwich Hamlet FC.

Boris Karloff

The East Dulwich Bob Karloff found fame playing Frankenstein’s Monster (Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Karloff was known for his roles in horror movies, most famously bringing Frankenstein’s monster to life in the 1930s.

Although he died in 1969, residents still speak of him fondly.

He was born at 35 Forest Hill Road, Dulwich, where a English Heritage Blue Plaque has been put up.

Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost in all his glory (Image: UGC)

Actor and comedian Steve Frost is often seen bumbling the streets of Dulwich.

He is resident compere at the local East Dulwich Comedy Club and a regular on London’s world-famous comedy circuit.

Iain Glen

Iain Glen attends the “Game Of Thrones” Season 8 Premiere on April 3 2019 in New York City (Image: Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

The veteran actor is best known to modern audiences for his role as the love-struck Ser Jorah Mormont in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

He lives in the area with his wife and children.

He told The Resident: ‘”I love areas that have very much their own character,

“Dulwich is really a lovely part of the world and people who gravitate here tend not to move.”

Linda Barker

Linda Baker in 2015 (Image: Michael Sobell Hospice)

The ‘Changing Rooms’ star lived in the area from 2004 before selling up in 2018.

As you’d expect for any house owned by Baker, the four-bed Victorian home she lived in was immaculate.

Baker found fame in BBC’s show Changing Rooms before going on to have a successful presenting career. She now publishes and writes design books.

Baker’s house in East Dulwich (Image: Shared Content Unit)

Lee Mack

Fans of comedy panel shows such as n Have I Got News for You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks would recognise regular-guest Lee Mack a mile off.

The comedian, presenter and actor is a resident of East Dulwich.

Lee Mack in Sport Relief 2020 (Image: Christopher Parr)

Connor Byrne

Byrne found fame in his roles as Rob “Hyper” Sharpe in London’s Burning and Mike Milligan in the Tracey Beaker franchise.

He was a resident of East Dulwich but later moved to Peckham.

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