Northamptonshire has its fair share of famous residents.
You may assume that it would not be the first choice for the rich and famous, but believe it or not some do.
We have compiled a list of 8 celebrities who live in this area.
Famous actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson is one of the county’s most mysterious residents.
The star of Mr Bean and Blackadder lives in a hushed Northamptonshire village with his wife.
If you ask the locals, he is an extremely private person who tends to live a quiet life.
Johanne “Jo” Whiley hails from Northamptonshire and is an English radio DJ on BBC Radio 1, and a television presenter.
Her family still lives here and she attended Campion School. She is happily married to Steve Morton and is mother to three children.
Jo had a weekday lunchtime show named ‘The Jo Whiley Show’, and later ‘The Lunchtime Social’, from February 1997.
This included tour dates and live sessions occasionally at Maida Vale while also working for Radio1 which was scheduled for daytime.
Les Ferdinand has set up a home in Northamptonshire.
He played for England and a number of other UK clubs including Newcastle and Tottenham Hotspur.
Owner of the Bridge Hotel in Thrapston Phil Parry says, “Sir Les has been into the bar for a drink in the past.
He said, “He just wanders around the town, he doesn’t try to hide away. I see him in the Co-op quite a lot.” Sir Les is a private person who likes to keep a low profile and Northamptonshire is his safe haven.
Andrew Richard Roberts is a former English cricketer born on 16 April 1971. Roberts bowled leg break and was a right-handed batsman.
Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire he is the brother of Timothy Roberts.
Roberts made his debut for Northamptonshire against Glamorgan in the 1989 County Championship.
The season following, he made three Youth Test appearances for England Young Cricketers against Pakistan Young Cricketers.
These were his only international honours. He made his final first-class appearance against Worcestershire in the 1996 County Championship.
Born on 14 October 1945 in Northampton, Lesley Joseph is an English actress and occasional presenter on both television and radio. She is best known for playing Dorien Green in the popular sitcom Birds of a Feather from 1989 to 1998 and then again since 2014.
She also starred in ‘The Vagina Monologues’ alongside Myleene Klass and Sarah Greene.
She also appeared on My Bare Lady and the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook, alongside I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here winner Christopher Biggins.
Myrea Pettit is an internationally recognised English fantasy artist and illustrator. She was born in Northampton and studied with famed Swedish illustrator Ann Mari Sjogren, painting flowers, butterflies and fairies. She has also authored books and has two daughters.
Marc Warren is an English actor born on 20 March 1967 in Northampton. He is best known for his role as Danny Blue in the 2004 British TV series Hustle. Warren assisted in the production of digital storyboards in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.
In January 2009 Matt Smith was casted as the Eleventh Doctor in the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who, as a replacement to David Tenant after his departure in October 2008.
Smith was born and raised in Northampton in 1982. He originally planned to be a professional football player, and had played in many youth teams including Northampton Town F.C and Leicester City F.C. He suffered a severe back injury after which his drama teacher introduced him to acting, furtively signing him up as the tenth juror in an adaptation of Twelve Angry Men.
His drama teacher persisted and ultimately convinced him to join the National Youth Theatre in London. After Smith left school, he studied drama and creative writing at the University of East Anglia.