Brockley Celebdaq

A glance down the list of famous people from Brockley on Wikipedia tells a story of faded glories.

Kate Bush, Lilly Langtry, Emily Davidson and Shaun Wright-Phillips have all been resident in Brockley in the past. Today's collection is a pale imitation. Yes, we know about David Haig (actor) and Nick Nicely (musician), but for a long time we have hankered for a real celeb - you know, someone who's been on a reality tv show.

Meanwhile, those lucky so-and-so's in Forest Hill, mock us from upon high by rubbing our noses in Linda Barker.

So imagine our delight on discovering a bona fide A-lister in our midst - Richard Newman, the self-styled 'sexual terrorist' from Big Brother 7.

The outspoken Gaydar DJ chose no-lesser platform than the Bexley Times to declare that this year's housemates are nowhere near as fascinating as he was:

"No one in there makes me laugh... I just think - did you not watch previous series? It's not grabbing me."

This find prompts us to ask whether there are any other members of the glitterati lurking locally. We're pretty sure we once saw a former school mate recently at Brockley Station, who became famous as the 'Dancing Geek at the Bar' from the Lynx ads a few years ago. So that's a possible two.

We need to expand the celebrity gene pool, otherwise it would make a Brockley Central 'Wicked Whispers' column rather easy to decipher.

Do you know any other locals with a claim to fame? Please share.

24 comments:

bob said...

Raji James aka Ash Ferreira from Eastenders. He gets his hair cut at George's in Crofton Park. (More here .)

leenewham said...

I was in a lynx ad once (the one with the guy narrating on everything through his megaphone), does that count? You can just about see my back in one of the shots :-)

Brockley Nick said...

When we branch out in to celebrity speed dating services, we will hook you up with the other Lynx guy - you should prove irresistable to one another after all...

Sue Luxton said...

Lee Mead, who is in the final of 'Any Dream will do' apparently lives in Brockley. If he wins (and I'd say he's odds on favourite) that'll be a bone fide celeb for you, won't it?
The Mayor himself is calling in the people of Lewisham to vote Lee!
http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/NewsAndEvents/News/MayorCallsToBackLee.htm

Jackie said...

At least one, and I think two, members of the group Athlete live in Brockley (even though they market themselves as a Deptford band).

I thought Matthew Kelly lived in Brockley, but now I'm wondering if actually he's in Catford. Singer Gabrielle is now in Catford, but I think was originally from Brockley, as was Mica Paris (no idea where she is now).

deekers said...

The billboard in Brockley station (platform 1) currently features an ad for an allergy medication, highlighting the supposed irritants in a typical high street scene. In the left foreground, two female joggers are seen running away from the viewer.. They are real-life sisters, at least one of whom lives in Brockley. My partner met them on the station platform one morning last week when they brought their mother over to see the advert, which is also all over the tube right now. Apparently the high street is in Southend..

Brockley Nick said...

Deekers, they all count!

Jon said...

Well, if they all count, I saw Sally Lindsay (aka Shelley the now departed barmaid from Coronation Street) in the Brockley Jack when I went to see Leaves on the Line. She was there for the performance so I guess she might have come from elsewhere tho. She was signing autographs and everything!

Sue Harris said...

Surely our very own Brockley Nick counts as a local celebrity these days ? ;-) This is my first post and I just wanted to say I've lived in Brockley for 4 years and loved every minute of it. So glad someone had the initiative to bring us Brockley poeple together. Well done Nick for all your hard work.

Cheers Sue

IUSEDTOLIVEINAPREFAB said...

Not sure if this counts but
In the 1960s in the basement of the house on the corner of Breakspears Road and Harefield Road a recording studio was established, among the bands to record/ practice there were Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band.

Graeme said...

It's a fairly well known fact that Chris Tarrant used to doss in his campervan on Endwell Rd, when he was a teecha in the seventies.

Has anybody here read 'Birdman' by Mo Hayder? It's about a sexual serial killer whose house backs onto the tracks by Brockley Station. Truly the Dark Side! The author used to inhabit these parts, but has now moved to ever-so-slightly more salubrious Bath. Unfortunately, I've lost my copy if anybody was interested in reading it, so Brockley's inaugural book-cross will have to wait.

Oh. And back in my courier days, I used to bring Tim Spall's scripts over from the beeb to his gaff in Honor Oak for his perusal over the weekend. He never tipped me mind. Not once. Tight b*astard.;)

Anonymous said...

I think Timothy Spall still lives in Honor Oak, as I bumped into him in Mr Lawrence (the off license bit) not so long ago.

Have also seen Patrick Baladi (Neil from The Office) outside Speedicars.

Monkeyboy said...

I've seen Timothy Spall on the train from London Bridge. Looking very un-star like with jeans, t-shirt and crumpled carrier bag.

Graeme said...

I'd love to think Patrick Baladi was 'filling in' by driving a minicab between acting jobs!

Anonymous said...

Marc JB from Bimbo Jones now lives in Telegraph Hill but used to live in Harcourt Road, Brockley.

Anonymous said...

The guy from the 118 adverts (the taller, gangly one with a tache) lived in Breakspears Road opposite the dodgy-looking block of flats until recently. Now moved to Crofton park with his partner and they have a newborn (ah!).

monty said...

Curiosity surrounding the death of Alexander McQueen has led me to discover that a certain Mr Jeff Banks had his first business by trading/transporting paraffin from a pram on hilly fields (where he went to school at what was Brockley County Grammar - now Prendergasts).

Look, it says so here, so it must be true

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Banks

He was........wait for it.....






.....buying low and selling high!!!!

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Brockley Nick said...

Now that is a cool fact, thank you.

Tamsin said...

Does it matter if they are long dead? Browning eloped from his parents "cottage" (one that he said looked like a badly cooked goose pie) where the Aske's school now is (the Jerningham Road site) and Wordsworth had visited him, being terribly dismissive of Telegraph Hill compared with the "real" hills of the Lake District.

Anonymous said...

I've seen BBC children's TV presenter Ed Petrie from Ed and Oucho at Brockley station several times...

Anonymous said...

my name in martin i used to live on cranfield road brockley, matthew kelly did live across the road from my family.

peasoup said...

I saw Ashley from "Phone Shop" outside The Orchard a few weeks ago, and Carly from Eastenders was sitting outside the 'Shop on the Hill' back in the summer, although I hear she's a Dulwichite *scoff*.

:) said...

Ed Petrie - CBBC presenter (All Over the Place) he came 2nd in the fun run a few years ago. Alos Gary Northfield who is a comic artist and on and of Sarah Mcintyre who is also a comic artist.

Anonymous said...

i saw the smooth bloke from 'The Office' (who ousted David Brent)(I know he's in lots of other things as well) speaking on his mobile phone outside the Brockley Mess the other day.

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