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 October 24

by Carolina

2021 has seen Wales become something of a magnet for famous people.

From Hollywood stars like Tom Hardy and Liz Hurley to comedians like Russell Brand and Alan Carr, all manner of celebs have been spotted here in recent months – be they on holiday or filming some latest project.

But what about those who loved it here so much they’ve actually made it their home?

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Anna Ryder Richardson

Anna Ryder Richardson now owns a zoo in Pembrokeshire


The former TV presenter famously set up a 50-acre zoo in West Wales in 2010, until a terrible tragedy on site and subsequent court case reportedly saw her move to France two years ago.

But last year Anna dispelled those rumours by revealing that the Pembrokeshire wildlife park – to which she’d moved from her family’s 30-bedroom Glaswegian mansion – was still very much a going concern.

She added that she was also very much local to the area, having moved into a four-bed farmhouse just a few minutes away from the Manor Park attraction.

Jerome Flynn

Jerome Flynn – seen here in Ripper Street – has become a prominent member of his local community in Pembrokeshire

The former Game of Thrones and Ripper Street actor moved to live near St Davids in Pembrokeshire in 2002 because it was “one of the most magical places on the planet.”

Since arriving he’s become a valued and vocal member of the community, throwing his weight behind campaigns to save the nearby swimming pool and halt the closing of local schools.

He also set up a new age sanctuary called Trefacwn in an Grade II-listed Georgian mansion which, according to its website, boasts “an ancient healing energy palpable to all who visit.”

Bez

He’s swapped the wild life for country living

The Happy Mondays were Manchester’s maddest musical export, as famed for their enormous intake of drink and drugs as their chart topping hits such as Step On and Kinky Afro.

But these days their notorious maraca-shaking dancer Bez has swapped taking Es for keeping bees and lives in a remote location on the Welsh border where he brews his own “hedgerow booze.”

However, his love affair with Wales began many years before after he met up with some “aristocratic Welsh hippies who owned a bit of land” at 2004’s Glastonbury festival.

Back then he ended up living part-time on a commune near Swansea called Cwm Yr Hoel Farm.

“I get everyone from young kids to grandmas coming up to me to say hello, which is nice,” he told WalesOnline in August .

“The accents round here can be a bit hard to understand sometimes, but that’s okay ‘cos I’ve had people struggling to understand me for years.”

Mark Little

Mark Little

Mark Little

Neighbours. Everybody needs good ones, or so goes the theme tune to the famous Aussie soap.

But the last thing the residents of a remote part of mid-Wales probably expected was for Joe Mangel from the long-running daytime drama to suddenly move in next door.

A Down Under icon who was watched every afternoon by a whopping 10m plus viewers in the UK alone, the role made actor Mark Little one of the most famous faces in the country.

Now, unrecognisable under a bushy grey beard, he’s living miles from anywhere “finessing a magic acre in the wilderness” somewhere south of Lake Vyrnwy in Powys.

An ardent political activist and anti-fascism campaigner, the 62-year-old announced, “We are now Anarchists Of The Forest and proud to be Welsh.”

Geoff Dwight

Geoff Dwight is Sir Elton John’s half brother

Admittedly nowhere near the stellar status of his rather better known half-brother Sir Elton John, Geoff Dwight has made a home for himself in Ruthin.

Barely in contact with his superstar sibling, the 54-year-old leads an alternative lifestyle here hand-making yurts and harps whilst organising music festivals.

However, he was fined £200 earlier this year (along with his partner) for attending an illegal ‘rave’ in Denbighshire and being in breach of Covid restrictions – although they claimed the event had instead been a ‘religious spiritual gathering’.

Both denied being involved in its organisation.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman tells followers

Carol Vorderman

Although living mainly in Bristol, the former Countdown star also has a second home in Pembrokeshire and a base in the capital.

She also recently said that coming back to Wales full-time might well be on the cards.

“I’ve always been a wanderer. I love making homes, but I don’t want to be in them very much,” admitted the 60-year-old Denbighshire-born presenter.

“I live between west Wales, a bit of Cardiff and Bristol. I think progressively that will become all Wales. Well, soon.

“I am Welsh, and I love it.”

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