Mary Anderson was a well-known American stage actress. Ordered to rest after her breakdown, Mary Anderson visited England and in 1890 married Antonio Fernando de Navarro, an American sportsman and barrister of Basque extraction, who was a Papal Privy Chamberlain ofthe Sword and Cape. They were married at at St. Mary's Chapel, Holly Place, Hempstead, England, June 17, 1890
They settled at Court Farm in the Cotswolds in the High Street, Broadway, Worcestershire, where she cultivated an interest in music and became a noted hostess with a distinguished circle of musical, and ecclesiastical guests including J M Barrie. She also gave birth to a son and a daughter in her happy marriage.
A devout Roman Catholic she had a chapel built in her attic, with stained-glass windows designed by Paul Woodroffe. She has been cited as a model for characters in the Lucia novels of E F Benson, either the operatic soprano Olga Bracely or Lucia herself, as well as the prototype for the heroine of William Black's novel The Strange Adventures of a House-Boat.
She resisted encouragements to return to the theatre, but did a number of fund-raising performances during World War I in Worcester, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. The latter included roles as Galatea, Juliet and Clarice in W. S. Gilbert's play Comedy and Tragedy.
She published two books of her memories, the 1896 A Few Memories and the 1936 A Few More Memories, and collaborated with Robert Smythe Hichens on a 1911 New York stage adaptation of his novel The Garden of Allah.
She died at her home in Broadway, Worcestershire, England, in 1940, aged 80.
The author J M Barrie was particularly fond of the actress Mary Anderson de Navarro, the Raquel Welch of her day. She challenged Barrie and his team to a cricket match on Broadway's village green.
He accepted the challenge. Mary captained her team of locals, who included the famous artists Alfred Parsons, Frank Millet, Edwin Abbey, George Boughton, Fred Barnard and Edwin Blashfield. See Broadway Artists for further information on these people.
David and Victoria Beckham have a £5m nine bedroom Cotswolds country residence near the village of Great Tew not far from Chipping Norton which is a celebrity Hot Spot loved by Prince Harry, Kate Moss and the Camerons.
The house is close to the exclusive Soho Farmhouse which is a member's only exclusive chic retreat much loved by celebrities.
A 17th century manor house at Siddington near Cirencester is now the home of the Bowen family.
The house is the new home of flamboyant design guru Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who moved there in April 2007 with his wife, Jackie, and their two daughters, having decided to risk all and trade their comfortable family town house in London for a "run down, unloved" Cotswold home.
Click on links for further details including information about the village of Siddington and the historic house known as 'Roberts House' - John Roberts being the leader of the persecuted Quakers in the mid 1600s.
Known for his mechanical evocation of nature, Daniel Chadwick has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and has also undertaken many prestigious commissions. He trained in engineering and worked at Zaha Hadid Architects between 1987 and 1991.
Daniel Chadwick (son of sculptor Lynn Chadwick) is the owner of the beautiful stately Lypiatt Park, a medieval and Tudor mansion at Bisley near Stroud and he also owns the Woolpack Inn, of Laurie Lee fame, at the village of Slad also near Stroud.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Marion Chesney started her writing career while working as a fiction buyer in a bookstore in Glasgow. She doubled as a theater critic, newspaper reporter, and editor before coming to the United States in 1971. She is the widely acclaimed author of historical romances and writes the popular Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth mystery series (under the name M. C. Beaton) and the Edwardian Murder Mystery series. She currently divides her time between the Cotswolds and Paris.
Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson (born April
11, 1960, in Doncaster)
is an English broadcaster and writer who
specialises in motoring. He writes weekly columns for The
Sunday Times and The
Sun, but is most associated with the BBC motoring
programme Top Gear, which he presents,
first doing so from 1989 until 1999, and then again from 2002. The show won an International Emmy in
2005. "Not a man given to considered opinion," according to the BBC,
Clarkson is known to be opinionated and forthright in his views. He was once described
Parsons in the Daily Mirror as
a "dazzling hero of political incorrectness".
Jeremy Clarkson lives between Chipping Norton and Chadlington in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
Jilly Cooper,author, journalist and broadcaster lives in the
southern Cotswold village of Bisley,
The huge success of her first novel Riders, published in 1985 and reaching number one in the best sellers list in its first week, was entirely due, she says, to her move to Bisley. 'I was trying to write Riders in London and failing miserably, because it was set in the country. Then there was the fact that we were so broke that the bank said we would have to sell our lovely house here. It was quite and incentive to write better and more quickly,' she said.
She went on to write the blockbusters Rivals and Polo, and then Appassionata about an orchestra, set in the west country and including many references to Stroud. Other novels include The Man who Made Husbands Jealous and Score!. As well as the best sellers Jilly Cooper has written countless popular non-fiction books, including Women and Superwomen (1974), How to Survive Christmas (1986) and The Common Years (1982) about her dog walking exploits on the commons of south west London. She has also written a series of romantic novels and many children's books.
Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known actors who has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is best known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts, and in Music and Lyrics, opposite Drew Barrymore, among his other works.
In 2003 Hugh Grant bought a Cotswold home - Melksham Court in Stinchcombe, a grand Cotswold stone manor with a swimming pool and stables costing £2m and only 20 miles away from Liz Hurley's Cotswolds house at Ampney Knowle.
Damien Hirst (born June 7, 1965) is an English artist and the leading artist of the group that has been dubbed "Young British Artists" (or YBAs). He dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s and is internationally renowned.
Death is a central theme in his work. He is best known for his Natural History series,
in which dead animals (such as a shark, a sheep or a cow) are preserved, sometimes cut-up,
in formaldehyde. His iconic work is The Physical Impossibility Of Death In the Mind Of Someone Living, an 18ft tiger shark in formaldehyde in a vitrine. Its sale in 2004 made him the second most expensive
living artist (after Jasper Johns).
He is also known for "spin paintings", made on a spinning circular surface, and "spot
paintings", which are rows of randomly-coloured circles; these have been imitated in commercial
Damien was born in Bristol but brought up in Leeds and is thought to be worth £100million. He bought in 2004 a Cotswolds retreat, the Victorian Gothic Toddington Manor,
where the full extent of his collections will go on view to the public in a few years' time.
Alex James was pop-group Blur’s bass player; handsome, talented and wealthy. During the group's hey-day he lived a crazy and debauched London lifestyle where he reportedly 'blew a million pound on champagne'.
Now he lives at Church Heath Farm, Kingham, Chipping Norton on 200 acres of land with sheep and cows where he makes cheese. The change in lifestyle has turned the former vegetarian into a meat eater.
His farmhouse is thought to date to the 18th century with extension and improvement in Victorian times and includes 600 yards frontage and fishing on the river Evenlode, mixed woodland plus mature grounds, partly walled gardens and orchard. The house provides some 3,832 sq ft and the attached, three bedroom cottage another 1,765 sq ft.
The main living space is enhanced by its large drawing room, used in the 19th century as a venue for cattle sales when part of the Sarsden Estate.
Kate Ann Moss was born on 16 January 1974 in Addiscombe, Croydon, London to Linda Rosina (Shepherd), a boutique manager, and Peter Edward Moss, an airline clerk.
In 1988, Kate Moss was discovered by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm model agency, at JFK airport at the age of just 14, as she prepared to board a flight home to London with her father. After a series of shoots for teenage magazines, it was Harper's Bazaar that finally launched her into the international arena. In 1992, she became the Face of Calvin Klein.
Moss originally spearheaded the controversial ''waif'' look which critics claimed encouraged anorexia in impressionable teenagers. She has appeared in several notable documentaries about the fashion world and in 1995, released a hard-back book of pictures entitled simply ''Kate''. In London she is still represented by Storm.
On 1 May 2007, a collection of clothes designed by Moss exclusively for the Phillip Green Topshop chain were launched across the UK in the chain's 225 stores. Moss continued to collaborate with Topshop until her most recent collection released in May 2010.
F. LaGard Smith is the author of more than 20 books. He is the arranger and narrator of The Daily Bible™, 30 Days with Jesus, and 30 Days Through Psalms and Proverbs. For the past two decades, Smith has done most of his writing in the quiet Cotswold countryside of England while spending his time in the States teaching both law and religion at Christian universities.
He lives in the Cotswolds in the village of Buckland from where he was inspired, by his walks, to write the excellent book 'Meeting God in Quiet Places'.
Patrick Hewes Stewart was born in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, England. He was a member of various local drama groups from about the age of 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local newspaper.
Patrick spent a year as a furniture salesman, saving cash to attend drama school. He was accepted by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 1957 and made his professional debut in 1959 in the repertory theatre in Lincoln. He worked at the Manchester Library Theatre and a tour around the world with the Old Vic Company followed in the early 1960s.
Stewart joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966, to begin his 27-year association. Following a spell with the Royal National Theatre in the mid 1980s, he went to Los Angeles to star in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), which ran from 1987-1994, playing the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. After the series ended, Stewart reprise his role for a string of successful Star Trek films: Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
Patrick Stewart continues to work on the stage and in various films. He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2010 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his accomplishments in theater, film and television.
He lives in the Cotswolds at Little Tew near Enstone, not far from Chipping Norton.
A truly local author was born in Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire Cotswolds. She has since returned to live in the area where many of her books are set.
Joanna Trollope was born in her grandfather's rectory in the Cotswolds in December 1943, and although her actual childhood was spent in the Midlands and in Surrey, she always felt that her real "home" was her birthplace. Joanna says — “It gave me - still gives me - not just a sense of rootedness, but a capacity to value landscape and weather and the rich life of smallish communities.
Of the Cotswolds she wrote ....... But it’s more than just beautiful – it is
ancient and interesting and varied and uncompromising. I like that last
quality - the fact that the high limestone hills will sustain little but
sheep; that winters can isolate the steep valleys; that the winding and
often vertical lanes deter all but those who really want to discover and
appreciate this remarkable landscape, these memorable towns and
So – off you go, and, as they say on some footpath signs round here,
kill nothing but time, take away nothing but memories. And I can
promise you that you’ll treasure those.
She is the author of eleven bestselling contemporary novels, including Girl from the South (2002), the story of an American Southerner who takes a job in London to escape the family and social pressures of her home in South Carolina. Brother & Sister (2004), is a story which explores the themes of adoption, loyalty and the nature of identity.
Joanna Trollope is also the author of several historical novels (published under the name of Caroline Harvey) and of a study of women in the British Empire entitled Britannia's Daughters (1983). Her books have been translated into over twenty-five languages.
The Choir (1988), A Village Affair (1989), The Rector's Wife (1991) and Other People's Children (1998) have all been made into series for television.
Joanna Trollope is a member of the same family as Anthony Trollope, author of The Barchester Chronicles. She was awarded an OBE in 1996 and lives partly in London and partly in Gloucestershire, for which county she was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 2002. Her latest novel is Second Honeymoon (2006).
Kate Winslet and her movie director husband, Sam Mendes, live
at Church Westcote Manor in the village of Westcote, made up
of Church Westcote and Nether Westcote located 3.5 miles South
East of Stow-on-the-Wold.
Famous for her role in 'Titanic' and more recently amongst her many film roles, 'Enigma', 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and 'Finding Neverland'. Born in Reading, Berkshire, Kate is married to film producer Sam Mendes and now lives in Church Westcote in the Cotswolds.