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Top 5 famous Brentwood faces (and no, they're not from Towie)

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:47 13 September 2018

The top 5 famous Brentwood faces. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

The top 5 famous Brentwood faces. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

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With its glamorous nightlife and fine-dining restaurants, Brentwood certainly is one of the best places in Essex for the rich and famous.

Here are just some of the celebrities that have a connection to the borough.

Pixie Lott. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/PA ImagesPixie Lott. Picture: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/PA Images

Pixie Lott

The pop princess, who shot to fame after her hits Mama Do and Boys and Girls back in 2009, has been keeping busy as of late with her new role as judge on ITV’s The Voice Kids alongside Mcfly’s Danny Jones and music producer Will.i.am.

Pixie moved to the area with her family when she was 13 and went to Brentwood County High School.

She launched the Pixie Lott Italia Conti Associate School for performing arts in Chelmsford in 2014.

Barry Hearn

Barry Hearn. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA ImagesBarry Hearn. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

Brentwood-based Barry set up Matchroom Sport, a sport event promotions company, in 1982, and transformed a number of niche sports including snooker, darts, tenpin bowling and table tennis, into major TV attractions, over the past three decades.

Since winning the Olympic gold medal in 2012, the company has also looked after heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua.

Today, the company is worth around £100m.

Stephen Moyer

Stephen Moyer. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA ImagesStephen Moyer. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

The actor and director has been starring in films and on television since the 80s but he’s probably best known for his role as vampire Bill Compton in the popular series True Blood.

He married his co-star and on-screen love interest Anna Paquin in 2010 and now have two children.

Stephen was a student at St Martin’s School in Hanging Hill Lane, Hutton.

Fatima Whitbread

If you’re a sports fan, you will know fully well that Fatima is a former British javelin thrower who is an Olympic two-time medallist and broke the world record with a throw of 77.44 metres during the European Championships in 1986.

Fatima Whitbread. Picture:  Ian West/PA Archive/PA ImagesFatima Whitbread. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

For those of who don’t know Fatima, she was also a contestant on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in 2011 where she famously managed to get a cockroach out of her nose without medical assistance.

Fatima retied in 1993 and now lives in Shenfield.

Colin Firth

When I was reading up on who lived and still lives in the area, I did not expect to see this name crop up.

Having moved from Africa to Brentwood when he was around five-years-old, Colin Firth is by far one of the most famous faces to have lived in the area.

Colin Firth. Picture:  Ian West/PA Archive/PA ImagesColin Firth. Picture: Ian West/PA Archive/PA Images

He only lived in the borough for a short while, before his family decided to move to Missouri in America and then back again to England, this time to Winchester.

Whether you think of him as Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, Mark Darcy in the Bridget Jones’ Diaries series or the lovable Jamie Bennett in Love Actually, Colin Firth is definitely worth a mention.

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