Norwich: 7 Celebrities You May Not Know Have Connections

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10:00 am July 10, 2022



From Hollywood stars to a former England captain, Norwich has links with a number of celebrities and well-known people.

Here are seven famous faces that you might not know have a connection to La Belle Ville.

1.Johnny Depp


Johnny Depp apparently bought a bath in Norwich
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Perhaps the most surprising inclusion on the list is Johnny Depp.

Pirates of the Caribbean star allegedly bought an antique bathtub from Stiffkey Bathroomsin Upper St Giles Street, in 2014.

He is said to have become a fan of the boutique after seeing its faucets and accessories on set at Pinewood Studios.

Depp’s bath, which had a price tag of £5,000, was then left to sit in the shop window – which had a label reading ‘SOLD – Mr J Depp, Los Angeles, USA’.

2. Hugues Jackman

Australian actor Hugh Jackman revealed he has already had the opportunity to invest in Norwich City Football Club.

Jackman’s mother once lived in Norwich and he visited her several times as a child, including taking a trip to Carrow Road when he was 16.

In 2004 he told FHM magazine that his favorite bar in the world was The Nag’s Head in Norwich.

Speaking at the time, the 53-year-old said: “I have to say my favorite is a pub in Norwich called The Nag’s Head.

“There’s always music playing and everyone has a song, a few pots and tells stories.”

The Nag’s Head closed in 1997 and the building is now The Last Pub Standing.

3. Matt Smith


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Matt Smith went to the University of East Anglia
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The former Doctor Who actor studied acting and creative writing at the University of East Anglia after leaving school.

Smith graduated from UEA in 2005 and went on to star as the Eleventh Doctor and appear in films such as Official Secrets and Morbius.

4. Ed Sheeran


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Ed Sheeran performed frequently in Norwich early in his musical career
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Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran has become a global name over the past decade with several number one hits.

Sheeran, who grew up in Framlingham in Suffolk and is an avid Ipswich Town fan, rose to prominence with his hit debut single The A Team in 2011 and has released five albums.

And having grown up on the road to Norwich, Sheeran was a frequent visitor early in his musical career – opening for Nizlopi in the city in 2008.

Later in 2010, Sheeran and rapper Example premiered a song called “Nando’s Skank” when they were backstage at the Waterfront in Norwich, a song about a Nando’s black card.

5. Mr. Philippe Pullman

Author Sir Philip Pullman, 75, is best known for his fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials.

Pullman, who was knighted in the 2019 New Years Honors List, was born in Norwich and is a lifelong fan of the football club.

In 2008, The Times named Pullman one of Britain’s 50 greatest writers since 1945.

6. Gary Lineker


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Gary Lineker has Norwich links
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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker is best known for scoring goals for Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and England – but he once scored a hat-trick for Norwich City.

Lineker was one of several players drafted for the testimonial of Northern Ireland defender John O’Neill, who faced a Norwich City XI at Carrow Road.

Lineker scored a perfect hat trick as the game ended 8-2 against O’Neill’s All Stars.

This is not where his connection to Norwich ends – Lineker’s mother, Margaret, was a Norwich City fan.

7. David Beckham


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David Beckham has already had a trial at Norwich City
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Former England captain David Beckham is an international star and world famous – but he could have made a name in Norwich City.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid winger actually had a trial with Norwich City in 1987 before signing schoolboy terms with the Red Devils.

His career would go on to see him earn 115 England caps, win six Premiership titles and a Champions League winner’s medal with Manchester United and play for Real Madrid, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. .


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