Top 5 famous Brentwood faces - part two!
PUBLISHED: 13:00 22 September 2018
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After our first famous faces story, members of the Enjoy Brentwood More Facebook group commented on a few more celebrities with connections to the area so I felt it was only right to put together another list.
So here it is. Brentwood’s famous faces - part two!
The younger generation would think of Deal or No Deal when they hear his name, but he was famous long before the days of the banker.
Former Brentwood School pupil Noel presented favourite shows such as Swap Shop, Top of the Pops, The Late, Late Breakfast Show and Telly Addicts throughout the 80s and 90s.
He first rose to fame as a DJ on BBC Radio 1
This CBE from Shenfield played football for both West Ham United and England and even briefly managed the hammers after Glenn Roeder in 2003.
He also became a patron of Saint Francis Hospice, Havering-atte-Bower earlier this year and in 2004, he was made Brentwood’s second Freeman of the Borough, the highest honour a council can bestow, following his many years of service to Brentwood.
Not only did one half of the sensational 60s duo Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon perform in the borough, the town left a long lasting impact on his music and his love life.
In 1964, while performing at The Railway Inn Folk Club, he met his girlfriend Kathy Chitty who used to sell tickets at the door.
She became his muse for songs such as America, Homeward Bound and Kathy’s Song.
The former Eastenders star Ross Kemp was in the popular BBC One soap for almost a decade before he decided to leave in 1999.
Although he has made a few brief comebacks, he’s primarily been focusing all of his attention on investigative journalism and received international recognition for his work on the Bafta award-winning documentary Ross Kemp on Gangs. He was born in Barking but moved to both Shenfield and Brentwood when he was young.
Another famous face from Brentwood School during the early 90s, is that of former Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard.
Married to TV presenter Christine Bleakley since 2015, Frank retired from playing football last year but he is now the manager of championship club Derby County.
When he is not managing the team, Frank is also the author behind Frankie’s Magical Football, a series of children’s novels.
Can you think of anymore famous faces with connections to Brentwood? Comment on the Enjoy Brentwood More Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com