Thursday, August 5, 2021

CREATIVES

Gino D’Acampo

Though his middle name is ‘Sheffield’, television chef Gino D’Acampo was actually born in Torre del Greco in Italy. Twice incarcerated – once for two years for burgling the home of the singer Paul Young...

Edward Holcroft

Named the “UK’s star of tomorrow” by Screen Daily in 2014, Edward Holcroft has also been described as “a remarkable actor, a remarkable man” by fellow actor Mark Rylance.Aside from appearing in Kingsman: The...

Gillian Clarke (1941 – 2015)

The late daughter of schoolteachers from Sidcup, Kent and a mother of two, Gillian Clarke met her Conservative politician husband Kenneth at Cambridge in 1963. A redoubtable “rock” to her husband and “gracious hostess”,...

Francesco Macera

Naples born Francesco Macera found fame in London whilst working at Frankie Dettori’s restaurant, Sette. Here, aside from showing great skills as a cocktail barman, this friendly Italian regularly entertained guests with spectacular magical...

Nicholas Loeb

The son of the former United States Ambassador to Denmark John L. Loeb, Jr., Nicholas Loeb is the founder of Loeb’s Onion Crunch. Despite a troubled childhood – which culminated with his mentally ill...

Shirley Temple (AKA “America’s Little Darling”, 1928 – 2014)

Despite having a non-alcoholic cocktail named in her honour, the actress and politician Shirley Temple actually hated the drink and its ingredients. Of it, she remarked: “The saccharine sweet, icky drink? … I had...

Emily Mortimer

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer CBE, QC (1923 – 2009). Married...

Reverend Robert Parker

A controversial, twice-married, former parish priest turned multi-millionaire businessman, Derbyshire born Robert Parker left the Anglican church in 1984 and set up a chain of care homes. He has since bought hotels and buy-to-let...

Luca Rubinacci

A third generation tailor, Luca Rubinacci loves Château du Galoupet rosé and “prefers to live life rather than read about it”. With a client base including Lapo Elkann and Brian Ferry, Rubinacci is often...

Gillian Duffy

The personification of a political swingometer, Gillian Duffy thought she was speaking for the nation when she stated: “I’m voting Labour. I want a Labour government and to get behind Ed Miliband as our...

David Hallberg

The first ever American invited to be a premier dancer in Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, David Hallberg was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and “found inspiration through the films of Fred Astaire”. Hallberg has...

Ruthann Aron (AKA “Ruth Aron”, née Ruthann Greenzweig)

So desperate was “exquisitely sensitive” Ruthann Aron to be a politician that she hired a hitman to deal with those who had hindered her prospects. An “obsessive” gun-lover who was described by her father (who...

Lady Alice, Lady Eliza and Lady Violet Manners (AKA “The No Manners Girls”)

Famous for their raucous parties, Lady Alice, Lady Eliza and Lady Violet Manners are the daughters of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. Neighbours comment that having these fun loving aristos next door is...

Joey Maalouf

This Los Angeles based hair and make-up artist has 30,000 followers on Twitter. Detroit born and big-haired, Joey Maalouf is the co-founder of the popular GLAM app and has worked with everyone from Jessica...

Topsy Taylor (born Lesley Taylor)

This big-haired New York and Newport based socialite and aviation enthusiast co-founded Helicopter Flight Services in 1985. Topsy Taylor has been described as having “one of the last mid-Atlantic accents” and was married to...

Suzy Menkes OBE (AKA “Samurai Suzy”)

A “much loved” fashion journalist and critic, Suzy Menkes is best known for her Madame de Pompadour style haircut. “Frank” and a lover of “fashion maximalism”, widowed mother of three Menkes played herself in...

Ann Barr (1929 – 2015)

Despite defining “The Sloane” and “The Mayfair Mercenary”, the co-author of The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook lived out her final years in Notting Hill in defiance of her parents who once asked: “Who’d live north of...

Peter Dinklage

Despite his diminutive stature, Peter Dinklage lives life large. A father of one and a vegetarian, this New Jersey born 4’5” actor has played Tyron Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones since 2011. This...

Olivier Sarkozy and Mary-Kate Olson

Despite an age gap of 17 years between them, banker and brother of the former President of France Olivier Sarkozy and actress and businesswoman Mary-Kate Olson have been described as a “fully committed couple”.Along...

Malcolm Gladwell

Given they share similarly wild locks, big-haired Malcolm Gladwell can most definitely be described as “the thinking man’s Don King”. Born in Hampshire, England to a British mathematics teacher and a Jamaican psychotherapist, this...

Professor Ken Howard OBE, RA

London born Ken Howard is renowned as a painter of scenes in London, Cornwall and Venice. A Royal Academician and liveryman and freeman of the City of London, Howard was the Official War Artist...

Ava Gardner (1922 – 1990)

Once described as “having a mouth like a truck driver and the looks of a goddess”, thrice married American actress Ava Gardner spent her final years in Knightsbridge’s Ennismore Gardens. Born in Smithfield, North...

Nina Campbell

On her website Nina Campbell describes herself as “one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers” and someone with a “contagious wit and brilliant sense of style”. A twice divorced mother of...

Crispin Baynes

Described by Gotham Magazine as “the go-to-man for super yachts” and listed by them as one of their ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ in 2014, Crispin Baynes is a British expat who works as part of...

Sofia Coppola

Deemed a “global Godmother of Cool” by Town & Country, actress, director, producer and screenwriter Sofia Coppola triumphed with Lost in Translation and became the third woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for...

Charlie Siem

Violinist Charlie Siem was educated at Eton and Cambridge and has been described by Town & Country as “sleekly posh”. He is an ambassador of The Prince’s Trust and began playing the violin at...

Alan Cappelli Goetz

Belgian born and Italian raised Alan Cappelli Goetz acted as Robert Pattinson’s stunt double in The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2010. Romantically linked to Mischa Barton in 2014, Cappelli Goetz stars in the...

Barbara Casasola

This Brazilian firecracker and rising star of the fashion world loves spending time at 5 Hertford Street and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. South Kensington based and a hugely talented...

Bill Martin MBE (born William Wylie MacPherson)

This acclaimed Glaswegian songwriter and impresario is best known for having written Congratulations and Puppet On A String. A resident of Belgravia, Bill Martin has worked with everyone from Billy Connolly to Van Morrison,...

Henry Blofeld OBE (AKA “Blowers”, “Tycoon” and “Typhoon”)

The legendary cricket commentator and author Henry Blofeld describes his world as “bubbly and boisterous”. Norfolk born and an Old Etonian, thrice married Blofeld’s family provided Ian Fleming with the inspiration for the name...

Emma Sayle

Describing herself on Twitter as “London’s proper little madam”, there’s a lot more to Emma Sayle than meets the eye. This author, founder of Killing Kittens and leader of The Sisterhood movement – which...

Nancy Cunard (1896 – 1965)

Described as “the queen of the jazz age” and “a fashionable poor little rich girl and muse”, this heiress to the Cunard shipping fortue took being bohemian to new heights. Variously a muse, patron...

Elliot Bssila

London based crimper to the stars Elliot Bssila has styled the hair of people as diverse as Nancy Dell’Olio and Lulu and once commented: “I don’t just cut hair. I create a style”. The...

Kerry Washington

A self-declared activist, Bronx born actress Kerry Washington has an astounding 2 million followers on Twitter. As Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit drama Scandal, Kerry Washington brought in “a new era of post-racial television,...

Gillian Anderson

Best known for her role in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson married her first husband on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii. A mother of three who has admitted to lesbian relationships...

Joudie Kalla

Having begun her career cooking at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants and at Daphne’s and Papillon in Chelsea, Joudie Kalla established Baity Kitchen in Walton Street in 2011. This dynamic and passionate foodie and...

Bettina Graziani (1925 – 2015, born Simone Micheline Bodin, also professionally known as ‘Bettina’)

A French fashion model and muse of Hubert de Givenchy, Simone Bodin was renamed Bettina Graziani by the designer Jacques Fath who told her: “We already have a Simone; you look to me like...

James Bay

This Hitchin, Hertfordshire born acoustic singer-songwriter declared that he “ want to be a prisoner in a hat” in an interview with The Independent’s Craig McLean in March 2015. James Bay was discovered by...

Pat Albeck (AKA “Queen of the Tea Towel”)

Hull born textile designer and mother of one Pat Albeck studied at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s and is best known for creating special tea towels for the National Trust. Food,...

Erika Bearman

A director of communications at Oscar de la Renta, Erika Bearman describes herself as “reporting from inside one of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses”. She has some 319,000 followers on Twitter and is...

Aidan Turner

Despite tweeting just twice, Dublin born actor Aidan Turner has over 21,000 followers on Twitter. A graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting, Turner is best known for his role as Kíli in The...

Ross O’Connell Jennings

Edinburgh graduate Ross O’Connell Jennings aims to become the first man to play the bagpipes in all 196 independent countries in the world. Half Scottish and based in London, this educational and motivational speaking...

Alexa Jago

A delightful and talented actress and film financier, Alexa Jago is based in London and Los Angeles. Jago was the executive producer of the brilliant 2014 film Kajaki and appeared in Waterworld with Kevin...

Claire Zambuni

Accompanied everywhere by her much loved “urban gun dog” Lola, public relations guru Claire Zambuni won The Field magazine’s Shooting Personality of the Year in 2012. An Arsenal fan and lover of “Camden, guns...

Merlin Holland

The only grandchild of Oscar Wilde, Merlin Holland has spent his life researching the writer and playwright and poet’s life. This Burgundy, France based biographer and editor has put right many misconceptions about his...

Robin Wright (formerly “Robin Gayle Wright” and “Robin Wright Penn”)

Texas born actress Robin Wright has variously been married to Dane Witherspoon and Sean Penn. Best known for her role as Claire Underwood in the Netflix House of Cards series, Wright also appeared in...

Josie Goodbody

With a name worthy of a Bond Girl, Josie Goodbody has morphed from working in public relations in London to writing novels in Uruguay. A former publicist for Graff, Goodbody’s first novel, The Diamond...

Charlie Baker

Best known for his stunning window displays for Hermès and Ralph Lauren, Charlie Baker was born in New York’s Upper East Side and educated at Taft School and Washington & Lee University. This talented...