Celebrities live quiet lives around Berkshire including George Clooney and Ricky Gervais that you might pick up at the bar

There is something strangely sexy about celebrity watching, even if you weren’t a fan of that person in the first place, but discovering someone famous can be exciting. In Berkshire, we have quite a few famous faces living a quiet life in our county that you might have caught a glimpse of at the pub or browsing the cereal at Aldi – or maybe even Waitrose, they are celebrities after all.

Although not all are actually from Berkshire, many have decided to settle here for its great proximity to London but without all the hustle and bustle that can come from being in the capital. So who is resting and staying in Berkshire?

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Natalie Imbroglia

Natalie Imbruglia on stage
Natalie Imbruglia on stage

The Australian singer is best known for her “Torn” singer and has a home in Windsor, but in true celebrity fashion, it’s not just a house, it’s an island on the Thames. The singer also had a successful acting career, starring in Johnny English is closed for the winter And Little Lubbers.

Imbroglia was so fond of her home in Berkshire that she named it her 2001 album, Isle of Wight Lillis, After she was living on the Thames. Recently, it won the latest series of the UK version of masked singer called “Panda”.

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais attending a party
Ricky Gervais in Berkshire

Although Ricky Jervis of Reading resides mostly in London these days, he still owns a home just across the border from his home town which he refers to as his “little country retreat”. The office star resides in Marlowe, which is a stone’s throw across the border in neighboring Buckinghamshire.

Right across the Thames and featuring a famous bridge across the water, Marlowe has swarmed with celebrities over the years – including stars like Chris Evans and Russell Brand.

Michael Parkinson

Michael Parkinson reading the Daily Mirror at his Windsor home
Michael Parkinson reading the Daily Mirror at his Windsor home

Sir Michael Parkinson, a famous broadcaster, journalist and author lives in the village of Bray on the outskirts of Maidenhead in the Royal Borough. The 87-year-old once owned a Michelin-starred pub and restaurant near the city of Berkshire.

Parkinson lives with his wife who is over 60 years old and they have three children, one of whom lives next door. He also owns a number of dogs.

He is not the only famous person who has made the village his home over the years. Celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal also lives there, as well as BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood.

James Middleton

James Middleton is a businessman married to Alizee Thevenet.
James Middleton is a businessman married to Alizee Thevenet.

Kate Middleton’s brother lives in the rural village where the family grew up. The 35-year-old has bought a £1.45m house to live in with his wife and several dogs, away from the chaos of life in London. He’s a business owner who in 2020 launched a mail-order dog food business called Ella & Co.

His home is in Bucklebury and he has declared on Instagram that “buying a home there is one of the most stressful experiences of my life”.

George Clooney

George and Amal Clooney have a home in Berkshire
George and Amal Clooney have a home in Berkshire

George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney own a Grade II listed home on the River Thames, which is said to have a 12-seat cinema and pool. The couple bought the property, located in Sonning, in 2016 and are often seen sipping a pint at a local pub, The Bull Inn. We talk on BBC’1s Graham Norton George Clooney said, “There’s a great bar we go to. It’s great and we drink all kinds of pints and things.”

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