Monday, October 18, 2021

CREATIVES

Gabriel and Sarah A. Chrisman

Port Townsend, Washington State residents Gabriel and Sarah A. Chrisman live as if they are Victorians. A bike shop employee and a writer respectively, the couple have never owned mobile phones and live in...

Pico Alexander (born Alexander Jogalla)

New York born actor Pico Alexander considered starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the 2017 film Home Again “one of the sexiest scenes of life.” Of Polish heritage, Alexander is the son of a...

Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976, née Eileen Smith)

A pioneer of both the Art Deco style and the functionalist Modernist movement, bisexual Irish aristocrat Eileen Gray was best known for designing the Bibendum chair and the E.1027 table. This great tastemaker lived...

Dr Bendor Grosvenor

Harrow and Cambridge educated Old Masters expert Bendor Grosvenor describes himself as an “occasional ranter” to his 12,000 followers on Twitter. Aside from being amongst the team on the popular BBC One art programme...

Robert Adam

With such a name, this suave gent just had to design landmarks. University of Westminster educated and Hampshire based Robert Adam (born 1948) followed his more famous namesake (1728 – 1792) and became a...

Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)

Wacky Leeds born actor Geoffrey Bayldon was best known for playing Catweazle in the 1970s series of the same name as the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge. Bayldon also played ‘Q’ in Casino Royale in...

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government,...

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of...

Miriam Margolyes OBE

In April 2017, esteemed actress Miriam Margolyes described Theresa May as “that awful woman” and hinted that she had little-to-any enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn’s “hell of a mess” also. In the same interview, in...

Charlot Malin (1969 – 2017)

Oslo born, San Francisco based interior designer and philanthropist Charlot D. Malin had a day named in her honour by The City and County of San Francisco in November 2016. A mother of twins...

Jan Harvey

Penzance born actress Jan Harvey is married to her Howards’ Way co-star Stephen Yardley. She played Jan Howard in the popular series that depicted Thatcherite, nouveau riche excess from 1985 to 1990, has also...

Baba Vanga (баба Ванга, AKA ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’, 1911 – 1996)

This blind, illiterate, psychic Macedonian villager predicted everything from 9/11 – in suggesting that “the American brethren would be attacked by two steel birds” in 2001 many years earlier in 1989 – to an...

Jean Alexander (born Jean Alexander Hodgkinson, 1926 – 2016)

This Liverpudlian actress “preferred cats to men”. Best known for playing Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street from 1964 to 1987, Jean Alexander also appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat and Where the...

Mr Make a Big Issue

Big Issue sellers are normally pleasant but Mr Make a Big Issue is quite the exception. Regularly spotted in Chelsea and South Kensington, this angry individual is prone to ranting and swears at those...

Victoria Wood CBE (1953 – 2016)

Comedian Victoria Wood’s final tweet was: “Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597”....

Mary Millington (marital name Mary Maxted, born Mary Quilter, 1945 – 1979)

Defined as “wanting it and wanting as much as she could get”, tragic English model and pornographic actress Mary Millington “loved money more than anything else”. Born out of wedlock and a friend of...

Lawrence Van Hagen

Big haired art curator and international jetsetter Lawrence Van Hagen is based in London and Paris. He is a graduate of University College London and the Imperial College Business School, has over 3,500 followers...

Patricia Routledge CBE (born Katherine Patricia Routledge)

Born in Tranmere, Merseyside, veteran actress Patricia Routledge is best known as Alan Bennett’s Irene Ruddock in Talking Heads: Lady of Letters and as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances. Routledge has never married,...

Sir Ken Adam OBE (born Klaus Adam, 1921 – 2016)

Born in Berlin and brought up in London, Oscar and BAFTA winner Sir Ken Adam was undoubtedly the father of “larger-than-life film sets”. The creator of the “War Room” in Dr Strangelove and the...

Luigi Tadini

Co-founder of Brooklyn based creative consultancy The Gathery, Luigi Tadini was listed amongst New York’s “most stylish” by Time Out in 2012. Born in São Paulo, Brazil but very much now a fixture in...

Will and Calum Thompson (AKA “The Eat Wild Boys”)

Pictured with country sports PR guru Claire Zambuni, the Gloucestershire born co-founders of Eat Wild – Will and Calum Thompson – can be credited with shaking up how game is cooked. Stars of...

Arthur Woodham

Born on Christmas Day 1927, Arthur Woodham is famed for his eponymous café in Kingsland Road, Dalston. Living by routine with his family at premises they’ve owned and operated since 1935, this true Londoner...

Hannah Wick

Despite having suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Herefordshire born Hannah Wick displays passion and gusto that’s hard to find. A former buyer at Harvey Nichols, London based Wick now blogs about “Wickles’ wonderful...

Tom Read Wilson

Berkshire born singer, actor and sports massage therapist Tom Read Wilson described himself as “a cultural throwback” when he appeared on the BBC show The Voice in February 2016. Though the judges failed to...

Nicholas Campbell

The founder of Narcissus Arts began his career at Haunch of Venison, White Cube and Christie’s. Educated at Oxford Brookes and the cousin of the model Edie Campbell, Pimlico based Nicholas Campbell was described...

Daniel Lismore

Described by Vogue as “England’s most eccentric dresser”, Daniel Lismore refers to himself as a “living work of art”. He is the creative director of the London based atelier Sorapol, has over 9,200 followers...

Nina Griscom

On her Instagram handle “femme fatale” Nina Griscom describes herself as a “handbag designer, blogger, TV host, writer and lifestyle expert”. Her website adds more and explains this Barnard College, New York educated “uptown...

Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers

Described as the “preppiest man on Instagram” and a “young Ralph Lauren”, Rhode Island native Kiel James Patrick and his wife Sarah Vickers claim to “design the American dream”. Having founded a clothing and...

John Patrick Hannan

In January 2015, Irish born John Patrick Hannan became the world’s most elusive fugitive after having spent 60 years on the run. Jailed for car theft and assaulting two police officers for 21 months...

Ellen Perry

Award-winning film director, producer and writer Ellen Perry made her name with her brilliantly insightful documentary film The Fall of Fujimori in 2005. Aside from having won accolades galore for that, this talented Californian...

Max Whitlock (nicknamed “Maxi”)

Hemel Hempstead born gymnast Max Whitlock performed a spectacular dance routine on a piano at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in 2015 and became the first British male World Gymnastics Champion...

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Illinois born and New York based Kelly Killoren Bensimon describes herself as a “mother, model, author and equestrian”. A Playboy cover girl in 2010, Killoren Bensimon blogs as #KKBLOVES, has over 188,000 followers on...

Sam Hoare

Eton and University of Edinburgh educated actor and director Sam Hoare has appeared in everything from Eastenders and Blandings to Captain America. Surprisingly he has under 400 followers on Twitter and in July 2015...

Mollie Ruprecht Acquavella (née Mollie Ruprecht)

New York based fashionista, tastemaker and 1stdibs editor Mollie Ruprecht married art dealer Alex Acquavella in August 2015 in St Barths. The daughter of William F. Ruprecht, CEO of Sotheby’s between 2000 and 2014,...

Lee Miller (Lady Penrose, born Elizabeth Miller, 1907 – 1977)

One of the only female professional photographers accredited as an official US war correspondent during World War II, Lee Miller was photographed sitting in Hitler’s very own bathtub in Munich on the day he...

Ted Richards

Having removed his ears, had 110 tattoos, 50 piercings and a split tongue, parrot obsessive Ted Richards told The Sun of his desire to find a surgeon prepared to turn his nose into a...

Lauren Santo Domingo (née Lauren Davis)

Described by The New York Observer as one of the “100 most influential New Yorker’s of the last twenty-five years”, Lauren Santo Domingo is a mother of two and the wife of a Colombian...

Austin Swift

Austin Swift, the younger brother of Taylor Swift, has found his own success as a photographer.A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and just 2.5 years younger than his famous sibling, Swift’s images...

Todd Traina

San Francisco born film producer and lover of lunches at Chateau Marmont Todd Traina is a graduate of Connecticut College. The founder of Red Rover Films, Traina has worked with Bruce Willis and Samuel...

Jackie Collins OBE (born Jacqueline Collins, 1937 – 2015)

The younger sister of the diva-esque actress Joan Collins, “Queen of the Bonkbuster” Jackie Collins wrote 32 novels and sold over 500 million books during her lifetime. Twice married and a mother of three,...

Victoria Pendleton CBE (married name Victoria Gardner)

Having triumphed on two wheels, controversial champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton turned her attention to competitive action involving four legs in August 2015 and came second as an amateur jockey in the Betfair Novice Flat Amateur...

Francesco Carrozzini

Born in Monza, Italy in 1982, Los Angeles and New York based photographer and director Francesco Carrozzini has worked with everyone from Tony Blair and Ban Ki-Moon to Justin Bieber and Kanye West. He...

Christopher Mason

A somewhat eccentric British-American transplant, Christopher Mason describes himself as an author, journalist, photographer, singer-songwriter and television presenter. Cambridge University educated and an expert on the Sotheby’s-Christie’s price fixing scandal, Mason also performed a...

Zac Posen

New York born and of Jewish descent, fashion designer Zac Posen claims to be “totally unattached to material items” yet considers “people who devote themselves to a life of style admirable”. Posen studied...

Alex Wyndham

Winchester and Oxford educated actor Alex Wyndham came to public attention after playing Antoine ‘Wani’ Ouradi in the BBC’s adaptation of The Line of Beauty in 2006 and as Gaius Cilnius Maecenas in Rome in...

Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956 – 2001)

Ten times married (officially) and a mother of four, New Jersey born Bonnie Lee Bakley wanted to be famous but instead ended up being shot dead in the car of the In Cold Blood...

Dominique Dunne (1959 – 1982)

Born in Santa Monica, California and the daughter of the writer and investigate journalist Dominick Dunne and his ranching heiress wife Ellen Griffin Dunne, Dominique Dunne would likely have become an acting great.   Her early...

Brendan Jay Sullivan

A former sidekick of Lady Gaga, New York based bartender turned DJ and author Brendan Jay Sullivan wrote a memoir of his time with her in 2013 titled Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, the...