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The Essex town that huge celebrities including Rod Stewart and Mark Wright have called home

Essex is known as a celebrity draw.

Many famous people in the country were born in Essex and more have chosen to live here.

And there is part of the county that is particularly popular with the stars – possibly due to its proximity to London.

Read more: Celebrity News Across Essex

Epping Forest is the closest part of Essex to the c -ital, and it even has its own subway stations, which often make it easy for celebs to live and get caught in the smoke.

But especially in a city, it is teeming with celebrities.

Chigwell is known for luxury villas, chic restaurants and a glamorous lifestyle, and many big stars call it home.

Chigwell is located in the western corner of Essex near the M11 and the border with London and is part of the so-called “Golden Triangle” of affluent places along with Loughton and Buckhurst Hill.

It’s home to footballers, singers, and celebs – you might have spotted Chigwell’s famous Sheesh restaurant in the Instagram stories of famous athletes and reality TV stars.

Chigwell really is the town celebrities love and regularly return to.

Here are the celebrities who live in Essex city:

Alan Sugar

Lord Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar is an entrepreneur and businessman who has lived in Essex for many years.

The former Tottenham Hotspur chairman and creator of The  -prentice lives in Chigwell with his wife Ann.

Alan lives in the 18th century mansion that originally belonged to Sir Eliab Harvey Nugent, the commander of HMS Temeraire in Trafalgar.

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Laila Rouass

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Six-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan lives in Chigwell with his partner, former Holby City actress Laila Rouass.

‘The Rocket’ and Laila met while looking at homes in the Chigwell area. They moved in together four weeks after their date.

Rod Stewart

Sir Rod Stewart

Rock legend Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling artists of all time – and he lives right here in Essex.

He and his wife Penny Lancaster once lived in a huge ten-bedroom villa with a swimming pool and their own bar in Epping.

It is understood, however, that he sold the property to soccer player Andy Carroll and former TOWIE star Billi Mucklow for £ 4.1 million last year.

The couple also launched their own villa.

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan

Essex-born TV star Mark Wright lives with actress Michelle Keegan in a £ 2 million mansion in Chigwell.

The actress moved to Essex from her hometown of Manchester to live with her husband.

Michelle played Tina Moore, the wife of Bobby Moore on the hit show Tina and Bobby. The late footballer and his ex-wife also lived briefly in Chigwell.

They are currently building their dream home near Ongar.

Bradley Walsh

Bradley Walsh

Presenter, comedian and actor Bradley Walsh lives with his wife Donna and son Barney in his £ 2.5 million converted barn in Chigwell.

Bradley had previously shown his beautiful home to his Instagram followers during the isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The host of the popular ITV quiz show The Chase reportedly lives with Mark Wright, Michelle Keegan and Rod Stewart.

Andy Carroll and Billi Mucklow

Andy Carroll and Billi Mucklow

Former West Ham striker Andy Carroll’s mansion in Chigwell was the most viewed property on Rightmove last year.

He lived there with Billi Mucklow, the former TOWIE star, before reportedly moving into Rod Stewart’s former home in nearby Epping.

In the garden of his old house there is a soccer field with a replica mini statue of the Angel of the North so that Andy feels at home.

Jesy Nelson

Essex’s own Jesy Nelson sizzles in a leopard print music video

Singer and former member of Little Mix, Jesy also lived in Chigwell.

Originally born in Romford, the singer rose to fame on The X-Factor by being part of the first group to win the show.

She gave fans a glimpse of her home in Chigwell on her episode of Little Mix’s “Eat In With Little Mix”.

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