Friday, July 23, 2021

CREATIVES

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”. She has two sons with the businessman Johan...

Charlie Anson

When Charlie Anson appeared on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in February 2015 to raise funds for his cartoon business, Charlie’s Cartoons, he was unsuccessful but praised by Deborah Meaden for his “passionate pitch”. Born...

Nicolas Bijan Pakzad

The son of the renowned designer and tastemaker Bijan Pikand designed a Rolls-Royce at the age of 18 and has been an associate merchandising director at his family’s iconic menswear and fragrances empire since...

Emily VanCamp

Canadian actress Emily VanCamp appeared in Everwood between 2002 and 2006 and Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2010. She starred in Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 and has dated her British...

Count Louis-Marie de Castelbajac

The star of a Nespresso commercial with George Clooney, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac is a fashion designer, actor, artist and Armagnac producer. Educated in Britain and America and the son of a French father and...

Carolina Herrera (born María Carolina Josefina Pacanins y Niño)

Undoubtedly the “First Lady of Fashion” and known for her “exceptional personal style”, Venezuelan-American fashion designer Carolina Herrera has been married twice and is a mother of four. A citizen of the United States since...

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman. He briefly worked at Simpson...

Philip Mould OBE

This renowned art sleuth co-presents BBC1’s Fake or Fortune? with Fiona Bruce. From his Mayfair dealership, Philip Mould is best known for having discovered works by Thomas Gainsborough as well as some particularly fine...

Siân Phillips CBE

Thrice married and the wife of Peter O’Toole between 1959 and 1979, Siân Phillips was born in West Glamorgan and has two daughters. This actress extraordinaire took on her first professional role aged just...

Zack Peck (also known as Zackary Peck)

The grandson of the late, great actor Gregory Peck and the son of a wannabe actor named Anthony Peck and “the first American supermodel”, Cheryl Tiegs. New York based Zack Peck is currently studying...

Sandra Howard, Lady Howard (née Sandra Paul)

Four times married and the wife of the former Conservative Home Secretary Michael Howard since 1975, Sandra Howard is a mother of three who began her career modelling for David Bailey and Norman Parkinson....

Paula Wilcox

This modest Mancunian actress is best known for having starred in the 1970s series Man About the House. Twice married Paula Wilcox has appeared in everything from soap operas like Coronation Street and Emmerdale...

Jack Peñate

This talented musician and singer-songwriter is the grandson of the Gormenghast series author Mervyn Peake. A contemporary of Adele and The Maccabees, Londoner Jack Peñate released his first single in 2006 and has performed at Reading,...

Ariana Rockefeller Bucklin

The daughter of John Rockefeller, Jr. founded her eponymous fashion house in 2011. Ariana Rockefeller has been described as an “urban sophisticate” by Genlux and also has continued her family’s penchant for philanthropy by...

Anne Naysmith (1937 – 2015, AKA “The Rag Lady of Chiswick”)

A former concert pianist who once played at the Wigmore Hall, Anne Naysmith began sleeping in her blue Ford Consul at the age of 39 after being evicted from her Chiswick flat and having...

Chelsea Leyland

The daughter of the former owner of Chelsea’s Foxtrot Oscar restaurant Rex Leyland and his wife Melissa has taken the international music scene by storm. Chelsea Leyland has deejayed alongside Harry Styles and for...

Matt Barber

This British actor describes himself as having a “short attention span” and someone with “absurdly big teeth” to his 400 Twitter followers. Aside from having played Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey, Hammersmith born Matt...

Claudine Longet

This Parisian actress and singer married the crooner Andy Williams when he was 33 and she was 19. They had three children but after the couple divorced in 1975, she took up with an...

Ronnie Spector

Born in Spanish Harlem, big haired Ronnie Spector is a singer and a survivor. She’s worked with Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon and Ringo Starr and is best summed up by the title of her autobiography:...

The Fantasy Cyclist

This colourful character allegedly is called James and rides from Wimbledon Common to Sloane Square. Little more is known about The Fantasy Cyclist but hashtags of #chelseamadness, #fantasycyclist and #kingsroadkrazies follow wherever he’s snapped. You certainly...

Sarah, Duchess of York (AKA “Fergie”, née Sarah Ferguson)

The former wife of Prince Andrew describes herself as “an author, producer and advocate for women and children everywhere” to her 80,000 followers on Twitter. During her somewhat turbulent life, she has seen both...

Indré Rockefeller

The wife of venture capitalist Justin Rockefeller, Indré Rockefeller became the US president of the Spanish fashion brand Delpozo in March 2014. New York based Rockefeller is a graduate of Princeton and Stanford and...

Jeanette Winterson OBE

This Mancunian lesbian loves the word “lover”: She describes herself as not only a plain “lover” but also a “book lover, opera lover and nature lover” to her 37,000 followers on Twitter and is...

Fredrik Eklund

This tattooed Swede features on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing and even got married to his artist partner Derek Kaplan on the show. Realtor Fredrik Eklund describes himself as a “star” to his 88,000 followers...

Sir Gerald Nabarro (AKA “Old Whiskers” and “The Abominable Showman”, 1913 – 1973)

Famed for his distinctive handlebar moustache and “booming baritone voice” as much as his loathing of the European Union, drugs, pop music, pornography and students, Willesden born Sir Gerald Nabarro was a “hard-right” Conservative Member...

Sophie Mirman

The French daughter of the milliner Simone Mirman co-founded Sock Shop with her husband in 1983 because she believed that “people should be able to buy socks and stockings as easily as they buy...

Angela Lansbury

“An amalgam of British, Irish and American”, twice married actress Angela Lansbury was born in London and has a career that has spanned seven decades. The daughter of a Communist, Lansbury is best known...

Lord Bell (Tim Bell, Baron Bell of Belgravia)

Tim Bell began his career as a post boy at ABC Television at the age of 18 and rose through the ranks of various advertising and PR firms and was involved in creating the “Labour...

Alex Acquavella

A scion of the New York based Acquavella Galleries (founded 1921) dynasty, Alex Acquavella made Town & Country’s ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ list in 2014 and is a graduate of Wake Forest. He works with...

Laura Wright

Nicknamed the “Scrummy Soprano” and “The Knockout” by Prince Harry, Suffolk born Laura Wright is a “classical crossover singer”. After winning a BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year award in 2005 aged 15,...

Teresa Gorman

This Putney born former Conservative MP was described as being “still frisky at 81” by the Daily Mail’s Jane Fryer in October 2012. Twice married and famed for her tattooed eyebrows, Teresa Gorman spent...

Theo James (born Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis)

Julian Fellowes cast Theo James as the Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk in the first season of Downton Abbey and swiftly killed him off in a sex scene which brings on his having a heart...

Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (AKA “Vlad” Restoin Roitfeld)

The Paris-born son of fashion editor Carine Roitfeld and Equipment shirt brand founder Christian Restoin, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld is the founder of New York art dealership of the same name. He’s the godson of...

Eli Wallach (1915 – 2014)

One of the finest ever “method actors”, Eli Wallach was a star of the stage and screen between 1945 and 2010 and once had to ask the director John Hutson for advice on how...

Anna Smith

Former Daily Record chief reporter Anna Smith has covered conflicts from Somalia and Rwanda to Kosovo. She was one of the first journalists on the scene after both 9/11 and the Dunblane massacres and...

Robert F. Kennedy III (AKA “Bobby Kennedy III”)

A writer and film producer, Robert F. Kennedy III featured on the Town & Country ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ list in September 2014. The son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his first wife, Emily...

Julia Child (1912 – 2004)

Credited with bringing French cooking to Americans, Julia Child was a lady who once stated: “I believe in cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food”. A female equivalent of Keith...

Gérard Depardieu

Vineyard owner and French actor Gérard Depardieu admitted to drinking up to 14 bottles of wine a day in September 2014 but also claimed he is “never totally drunk, just a little pi**ed”. He...

Sir Donald Sinden CBE, FRSA (1923 – 2014)

Born in Devon, Sir Donald Sinden was one of only two people known to have attended the funeral of Oscar Wilde’s lover, Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas in March 1945. Colour blind and an asthma and...

Keith Floyd (1943 – 2009)

This wine loving chef was brought up in a council house but educated at Wellington. After finding that he and the army were “mutually incompatible”, Keith Floyd took a job as a vegetable peeler....

Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (1880 – 1963)

This British Army officer served in the Boer, First World and Second World Wars. He was shot in the face twice in WWI and lost his left eye and was shot once through the...

Henry Cavill

This Jersey born actor was educated at Stowe and has appeared in everything from Midsomer Murders to The Tudors. Henry Cavill didn’t quite beat Daniel Craig to play James Bond but as Superman he’s...

Josh Bowman

Born in Berkshire, Josh Bowman is a rugby player turned actor who briefly dated Amy Winehouse in 2009. Having spent two years in the BBC’s Holby City, he moved to Los Angeles to take...

Dan Bilzerian (AKA “Blitz”)

A true player, this Floridian professional gambler and venture capitalist suffered three heart attacks by the age of 30. Thrown out of the US navy for swearing at an officer, Dan Bilzerian is a badboy...

Cognac Wellerlane

America’s answer to Coronation Street’s Bet Lynch is famed as an interviewer of the rich and famous in New York and the Hamptons. This unashamed fur lover has profiled everyone from Paris Hilton to...

Thai Dang Cao (1953 – 2014)

The eccentric owner of Old Brompton Road’s Nam Long Le Shaker was famed for creating the legendary Flaming Ferrari cocktail. A favourite of the likes of Lord Archer’s son, James, this lethal concoction consists...

Erika Leonard James (E. L. James)

The highest earning author of 2013, Erika Leonard James raked in £33.3 million that year and £10.6 million in 2012. Her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has had readers hooked but despite her wealth...

Craig Brazier

This “wheelie bin cleaner” from Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire  staked £2 on Scoop6 in May 2014 and won £1.3 million. Craig Brazier is a man who likes a punt but declared he wouldn’t be giving...