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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alejandro Flores

The most popular drink maker in Chelsea’s signature phrase is “Oh yes”. This jolly Bolivian is the bar manager at La Brasserie and invented a cocktail named after the television show Made in Chelsea....

Doris Thompson

An octogenarian career criminal who refuses to change her ways. Thompson has a 20 page rap sheet dating back and has been imprisoned at least ten times in Los Angeles and Orange County. She’s...

Gloria Minghella MBE (AKA “the Queen Mum of the Isle of Wight”, 1930 – 2014)

The mother of the Academy Award winning film director Anthony Minghella CBE (1954 – 2008) was a matriarch who lived by the philosophy: “You put in what you can, no matter how little that...

Clarissa Dickson Wright (1947 – 2014)

This outspoken bon vivant was Rector of the University of Aberdeen from 1998 to 2004. One half of the “Two Fat Ladies”, Dickson Wright was known as “Krakatoa” because of her fiery temper and...

Wayne Bryson

This Lincolnshire lout will only ever be known for filming himself having sex with his ex-girlfriend Amber Hicking’s Staffordshire bull terrier. He was handed a four month jail sentence suspended for two years, placed...

Mary The Elephant (AKA ‘Murderous Mary’)

Considered the “largest living mammal on the planet” at the time and owned by Sparks Circus, Mary was a 5-tonne elephant who could play 25 tunes on the horns without missing a note. When...

Fred Dibnah MBE (1938 – 2004)

This Lancastrian steeplejack and television personality was gentle, outspoken and self-taught. A father of five and thrice married, Dibnah described himself as “just a bum who climbs chimneys” and once stated: “If you make...

Emeritus Professor Jane Somerville

This “straight talking” cardiologist told Kirsty Young on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs that “it was much more fun to be mafioso and naughty” than being “prudent” but it’s for her pioneering work...

Russell Brand

Banned from South Africa and known for his “notoroious drug use, alcoholism and promiscuity”, this comedian is nothing but controversial. Brand has more followers than Stephen Fry on Twitter and signed a £1.8 million...

Cindy Crawford

The “original supermodel” looks just as good in reality as she does in photographs and was born in DeKalb, Illinois. Her marriage to the actor Richard Gere was shortlived but a union with bar...

Lady Camilla Bloch (born Lady Camilla Bingham)

Hampstead based and a barrister by profession, Oxford educated Lady Bloch is the daughter of suspected murderer Lord Lucan. Asked how she’d describe her father to her son, Bloch told The Scotsman: “I’ll tell...

Terry Deary

Best known for his Horrible Histories series, Deary has sold over 25 million books in over 40 languages but was described by David Starkey as a “parasite”. This Sunderland born butcher’s son is the...

Dame Norma Major DBE

Her husband may have been minor as Prime Minister but she is definitely a star. She put up with John Major’s dalliances with Edwina Currie and “kept a low profile” whilst her husband ran...

Jeannette Etheredge

This legendary San Franciscan owned the city’s oldest bar, Tosca Cafe, from 1980 until 2013. She loved the regulars as much as the stars and though some describe Etheredge as “curmudgeonly”, this “grand dame”...

Michael “Chalky” White

This Scottish producer’s life was immortalised in the 2013 crowdfunded film, The Last Impresario. Jewish and educated at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, White moved from being a Wall Street runner in the 1950s to...

Nubar Gulbenkian (Armenian: Նուբար Սարգիս Գյուլբենկյան, 1896 – 1972)

This Harrow educated eccentric, Santa Claus lookalike and playboy had two Austin FX4 Hackney carriages converted to his own specifications and considered the best number for a dinner party to be two (himself and...

Huguette Clark (1906 – 2011)

This heiress daughter of a Montana “robber baron” mining and railroad tycoon was a hence unseen recluse from 1930 until her death in 2011 following a painful divorce from the son of one of...

Viola Herms Drath (1920 – 2011)

This twice married 91-year old Georgetown, Washington, D.C. socialite and journalist was born in Dusseldorf and died as a result of “strangulation and blunt force injuries” in her own bathroom in August 2011. A...

Ian Towning

This creepy, permatanned ‘queen’ of the antiques trade claims to have blue blood on his mother’s side. Aside from appearing on the ‘mahogany skinned’ David Dickinson’s Real Deal television programme, Ian Towning once attempted...

Ryan Lochte (nicknames 'Reezy' and 'The Lochtenator')

This American competitive swimmer has won 11 Olympic medals, been challenged to a swimming race by Prince Harry in Las Vegas and featured in a Funny or Die spoof with Sir Patrick Stewart and...

Jerry Hall

Like a fine vintage, this Texan model and actress gets better with age. Mick Jagger’s former common-law wife was once engaged to Bryan Ferry and has dabbled with Kabbalah and other religions. A mother...

Austin 7 man

He cruises the streets of Knightsbridge and Belgravia in the afternoons and hoots every so often as he drives along. Often spotted puffing away on a cigar, nothing more is known of this diminutive...

The Waitrose Clepto

Famous simply for being thrown out of Waitrose in Kings Road because of his helping hands and also for his daily dance on the steps of Patara in Fulham Road, little else is known...

Martin the Poet

“Dinky, danky, doodle, dee, I am a poet and so is she” goes his opening line. This Scot wanders the streets around Chelsea Green selling poems. “I am the magic man”, he often continues...

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba (1926 – 2014)

This Spaniard held more titles than the Queen and married her third husband, a toyboy civil servant, in 2011. The 18th Duchess of Alba was said to be worth between €600 million and €3.5 billion, owned a first-edition of...

Tim Tebow

This “virtuous” homeschooled American football player has played for both the New York Jets and the Denver Broncos. As well known for his Christian faith and kneeling on one knee in prayer during games,...

The Most Hon the Marquess of Bath

Polygamous Lord Bath is as famed for his “wifelets” as he is for his erotically styled paintings. A prolific writer, this peer passed the management of his Longleat estate to his heir, Ceawlin Thynn,...

Judy Joo

This brilliantly named American started out in banking at Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, but gave it up to become an “Iron Chef”. Having worked with Gordon Ramsay and at The French Laundry...

Toby Flood

This level-headed “reluctant star” of English rugby grew up in Northumberland and describes himself as a “horse whisperer, ventriloquist, ladies swimwear model and soft play enthusiast” to his 50,000 followers on Twitter. He enjoys...

Justin Timberlake

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.Justin Timberlake has sold over 50-million records,...

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm...

Norman Balon

“London’s rudest landlord” enjoyed causing offence more than anything else. Following on from his father’s purchase of the lease of Soho’s The Coach & Horses pub in 1943 Norman "You’re Barred" Balon worked there...

Bubble (2012 – 2013)

His life was short but he brought joy throughout it and wherever he went. He looked like Colonel Gadaffi, loved the voice of Radio 4’s Jenni Murray and was particularly partial to a visit...

Dr. Vanessa Neumann

This talented analyst and writer specialises in “Latin America, terrorism, oil, US foreign policy, global security, transnational criminal organisations, the Middle East and asymmetric warfare.” The British press nicknamed Neumann the “Cracker from Caracas”...