It’s no secret that Kent is a hot spot for celebrities, from actors and singers to TV and radio personalities, the county is full of famous faces.
In fact you’ve probably seen Kent stars gracing your TV screens most nights without even realising.
From Paul O’Grady and Alan Carr to June Brown and Michael Gambon, Kent is a firm favourite with the rich and famous.
But not everyone who was born in the county chooses to stay here – there are plenty of celebs with roots in Kent who upped and left and never looked back.
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KentLive takes a look at the celebrities who left Kent and decided not to return.
Mick Jagger – Dartford
Arguably the most famous person to come out of Kent, The Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger was born and bred in Dartford.
He attended Wentworth Primary school with bandmate Keith Richards and then moved onto Dartford Grammar School, which now has the Mick Jagger Centre, named after its famous alumnus.
Jagger moved into a flat in Chelsea with guitarist Brian Jones shortly after passing his A-Levels and started studying at the London School of Economics before dropping out to pursue his musical career.
Jagger now owns houses all over the world, including Mustique, Los Angeles and France, but unfortunately not his home county Kent.
Boy George – Bexleyheath
Culture Club lead singer Boy George was born at Barnehurst Hospital in Bexleyheath.
However, he was raised in Woolwich and spent his youth living in various squats around central London as a follower of the New Romantic movement.
He now lives in a Gothic mansion in Hampstead.
Michael Crawford – Isle of Sheppey
Actor and comedian Michael Crawford is best known for playing Frank Spencer in the sitcom Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.
His childhood was divided between his birthplace of Wiltshire and the Isle of Sheppey, where his mother grew up.
He attended St Michael’s school in Bexleyheath before moving to London.
Crawford now lives on the other side of the world in New Zealand.
Mark Rylance – Ashford
Despite being born in Ashford, Oscar-winning actor Mark Rylance spent most of his youth in the United States.
He lived in Connecticut for some years before moving to Wisconsin in 1969 where he later attended the University School of Milwaukee.
He returned home to England in 1978 but unfortunately not to Kent – he won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
Rylance now lives in a South London home with his family.
Gemma Arterton – Gravesend
Bond girl and St Trinian’s star Gemma Arterton grew up in Gravesend and attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls before starting at the Miskin Theatre at North West Kent College.
Arterton has previously spoken out about how she was desperate to leave her home town in Kent and move to London, and she seemingly hasn’t looked back since.
Orlando Bloom – Canterbury
Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom was actually born and bred in Canterbury, where he attended St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, King’s School and St Edmund’s School.
He moved to London to pursue a two-year A Level course in Drama, Photography and Sculpture at Fine Arts College, Hampstead in 1993.
Bloom is now married to American singer Katy Perry and the pair reside in Santa Barbara with their daughter.
Mackenzie Crook – Maidstone and Dartford
Mackenzie Crook is best known for playing Ragetti in Pirates of the Caribbean alongside Johnny Depp, and Gareth Keenan in BBC’s The Office.
The star was born in Maidstone and grew up in Dartford but spent most of his summers as far away from Kent as possible in Zimbabwe on his uncle’s tobacco farm.
He now lives in Muswell Hill with his wife Lindsay, son Jude and daughter Scout.
Sid Vicious – Tunbridge Wells
It might surprise you to find out that The Sex Pistol’s Sid Vicious actually grew up in Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The musician attended Sandown Court School, which is now known as Skinner’s Kent Academy.
He only lived in the town six years however before moving to Hackney and didn’t return
Keith Richards – Dartford
Much like his bandmate Mick Jagger, Keith Richards was also born and raised in Dartford.
The guitarist attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys, where he was expelled for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College.
He left the college in mid-1962 to devote himself to music, and moved in with Jagger and Brian Jones in London.
Richards also has property all over the place, including Redlands estate just over the border in Sussex and a private resort island, but his primary home is in Weston, Connecticut.
David Bowie – Bromley and Maidstone
David Bowie had roots all over Kent – he was born in London but moved to Bromley Common in 1953 where he attended Bromley Technical High School.
His mother was originally from Folkestone and worked as a waitress in Tunbridge Wells, and Bowie lived in Maidstone during the early 1960s.
Bowie had moved far away from Kent by the time of his death in 2016 however – he died in his New York City apartment.
Joss Stone – Dover
Singer-songwriter Joss Stone was born in Buckland Hospital in Dover, but moved to Devon where she spent her teenage years.
The star, who recently made headlines after bagging herself an invite to Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding, still resides in her childhood home in Devon and it doesn’t look as if she has plans to return to Kent anytime soon.
Oli Sykes – Ashford
Rock band Bring Me The Horizon’s are most often associated with Sheffield where they were founded, but frontman Oli Sykes actually hails from Ashford.
The singer got quite literally as far away from Kent as possible as an infant when his family moved to Australia.
When they returned to the UK they settled in Sheffield, where Sykes still lives today.
Shane MacGowan – Tunbridge Wells
It’s a common misconception that The Pogues singer Shane MacGowan is irish.
He may have been born to Irish parents but he was born in Pembury, near Tunbridge Wells and attended Holmewood House School in Langton Green.
He was later accepted into Westminster School but was expelled in his second year after being found in possession of drugs.
MacGowan has gone back to his Irish roots however, and now resides in Dublin with his wife Mary Clarke.
Pixie Lott – Bromley
Pop star Pixie Lott was born in Bromley in 1991 and attended the Italia Conti Associates Saturday school in Chislehurst when she was five years old.
She was awarded a scholarship to the main school at the age of 11 and moved with her family to Brentwood in Essex.
She now lives in East-London with her fiancée Oliver Cheshire.
Fatboy Slim – Bromley
DJ and bass player of The Housemartins’ Fatboy Slim was born in Bromley in 1963.
However he moved to Hull to join the band in 1985 and now resides in Hove, where he owns the Big Beach Café.
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