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FAMOUS FACES: Nick Clegg, Ozzy Osbourne, and other Chalfonts & Gerrards Cross celebs

 Published on: 15th March 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Throughout the years, many notable people have either been born in The Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross or have made the area their home. From an Academy Award-winning actress to a former Deputy Prime Minister, here is a look at just some of the famous faces the area has seen over the decades.

 

Dame Margaret Rutherford (pictured far left)
Though she wasn’t born in the village, Dame Margaret Rutherford was a long-time resident of Chalfont St Peter, residing in a cottage there until she died of Alzheimer’s in 1972. Though this cottage has now been demolished, the residential block that replaced it is named Rutherford House in her honour.
Mrs Rutherford became known to film audiences for her performance in both the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit and the subsequent 1945 film adaptation. She went on to have a lengthy career that included an Academy Award-winning turn in The V.I.P.s in 1963.
However, she will probably be best remembered for appearing as Agatha Christie’s famous spinster sleuth, Miss Marple, in four films between 1961 and 1964.

 

Sir Nick Clegg (pictured centre left)
The controversial former Liberal Democrat leader was born and raised in Chalfont St Giles, though he now lives between London and California. Becoming an MP in 2005 and leader of the Lib Dems in 2007, Sir Clegg had a meteoric rise and managed to earn a record 57 seats for his party at the 2010 General Election.
After entering into a coalition with the Conservative Party, Sir Clegg became Deputy Prime Minister. However, over the next five years, the Lib Dems’ popularity began to drop significantly, culminating in a dramatic drop to just eight seats in 2015. Sir Clegg would be ousted as leader shortly afterwards.
Two years later, he would lose his Parliamentary seat to a Labour candidate. Since then, Sir Clegg has worked for Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook and currently holds the position of president of global affairs.

 

Ozzy Osbourne (pictured centre right)
This Brummie-born rocker famously lived in a mansion in Little Chalfont for many years with his manager-wife Sharon and their children, Jack, Kelly and Aimee. Dubbed ‘the Prince of Darkness’, Ozzy rose to fame as the vocalist for heavy metal band Black Sabbath. The 2000s reality TV show The Osbournes turned his entire family into celebrities as well.
He is also known for various scandals over the years, including his substance abuse problems and one infamous incident in which he bit off the head of a bat while on stage.

 

Amal Clooney (pictured far right)
Although she first rose to global attention for her marriage to Hollywood superstar George Clooney, Amal was already at that point known for her excellent skills as a lawyer. After moving to Gerrards Cross from Lebanon when she was only two years old, she attended Dr Challoner’s High School in Little Chalfont.
Since graduating from the University of Oxford in 2000, her legal work has often focused on human rights issues, representing clients such as Iraqi victims of ISIS, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressler, and renowned war reporter Mohamed Fahmy.

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