What is it about Kent that breeds such brilliant actors, and singers, loved by the world over? It might be hard to believe but many of our most popular celebrities actually hail from the gorgeous countryside of Kent, and when you visit the Little Deal Cottage, there’s always a chance that you might see one. Set by the seaside, our little cottage in Deal, offers everything you could wish for in a retreat from daily life. So it’s no wonder that the Kent-raised celebrities are likely to choose the same scenery when visiting home. Keep your camera close, just in case!
Rolling Stones legends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are both from Kent, met on the Dartford train line, and started the band shortly after, going on to global stardom. But Kent doesn’t just encourage rock, you may have heard of a certain little popstar called Boy George and there’s the mysterious soul legend, Joss Stone, who stunned the world with her voice before vanishing from the spotlight. But music isn’t the only talent being honed in Kent; actors are crossing the world from here to Hollywood…
There must be a lot of talk of Kent on film sets, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Ned Kelly and Tamara Drewe, just a few of the films starring actors from the Kent countryside.
Mackenzie Crook, from Maidstone, shot to global fame from Gareth Keenan in The Office, alongside Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman, before playing an unforgettable Ragetti in Pirates of the Caribbean, alongside Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Orlando Bloom, from Canterbury, also in Kent. Having become a household name after Lord of the Rings and Kingdom of Heaven, Orlando also starred in Ned Kelly with Naomi Watts, who was born in Shoreham in, you guessed it, Kent.
Gemma Arterton probably bonded over childhood memories of the beautiful English county with actress and comedienne Tamsin Greig when they filmed Tamara Drewe. Gemma went on to star in St Trinian’s, as well as the Bond film, Quantum of Solace, and Runner Runner with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. Meanwhile, Tamsin left Black Books and Green Wing behind, and crossed the pond to write and star in Episodes with Matt LeBlanc, one of his rebound roles following his Friends fame. Our Kent originals have brushed shoulders with some seriously big names, becoming ever bigger names themselves.
Deal is not just a popular hotspot for celebrities lucky enough to have been born in the Garden of England but for those who randomly stumble across it looking to escape London. Deal is only 100 miles from the capital, which enables those who live and work in the big smoke to get the train on a Friday afternoon and within 2 hrs they arrive and feel 1000 miles away. With the High-Speed Train link taking just 1hr 30m as fast as you depart from the high-rised buildings at St Pancras, you are soon strolling along the the seafront or award winning High Street in Deal's conservation area.
We’re proud of what Kent has offered the world in terms of talent, but why don’t you see it for yourself, by booking a little time in the Little Deal Cottage and seeing who you spot?
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