Wiltshire can be considered a prime celeb-spotting county when you take into account its modest size but tremendous appeal to the rich and famous.

From a Doctor Who icon to the queen of pop herself, Wiltshire has never shied away from its celebrity connections.

With that in mind, we've taken the liberty of listing 11 famous faces that all have a part of Wiltshire in them.

Whilst some are well-known Wiltshire residents, there are a few surprises.

11 celebrities with Wiltshire connections

David Mitchell

One half of Michell and Webb and Peep Show, comedy legend David Michell was born in Salisbury in 1974. He is the son of former hotel managers Ian and Kathryn Mitchell.

James Blunt 

The singer is known around the world for his single "You're Beautiful" and album "Back to Bedlam". He was born at an army hospital in Tidworth where his father served as a cavalry officer.

James Blunt would move around England due to his father's military postings and spent two years growing up in Netheravon. 

Billie Piper

Undoubtedly one of the country’s most famous faces and arguably the face of the Doctor Who revival in 2005. Actor Billie Piper grew up on a council estate in Swindon - in fact, her father still lives there in the family home.

Mark Lamarr

The first ever host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks who helmed the iconic music show for 17 series.

A comedian, presenter and DJ, Lamarr was born and raised on the Park South council estate in Swindon. He went to school at Park School, which was renamed Oakfield School years later.

Michael Crawford 

Michael was born Michael Patrick Dumbell Smith in Salisbury. The comedy actor is famous for playing Frank Spencer in the television series Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em.

He is also a singer and starred in musicals such as Billy and won an Olivier Award for his performance of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. He received an OBE in 1988.


No introduction is needed for The Police frontman. Sting, and his wife Trudie Styler, own the Elizabethan Grade I listed manor Lake House in Wilsford cum Lake, near Salisbury.

The couple together run an organic farm on the Grade II-listed estate, whilst Sting recorded the album Ten Summoner's Tales there.

Nick Mason

Drummer Nick Mason is best known as a founder member of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He lives near Corsham. In 2019 he was awarded the CBE for services to music.

Mark Labbette

"La Bête" in French means "The Beast". Labbett has been a chaser since 2009 and has appeared on the American and Australian versions of the show.

The Beast was born in Tiverton, Devon, but his family later moved to the Salisbury area and he attended Bishop Wordsworth's School between 1976 to 1983.

Sir Terry Pratchett 

Sir Terry Pratchett is best known for his Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. He was the best-selling UK author of the 1990s. In 1998, Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) “for services to literature” and was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours. He lived in Broad Chalke near Salisbury from 1993.

Madonna and Guy Ritchie

Madonna, born Madonna Louise Ciccone is an international pop star. She moved to Ashcombe House on the Wiltshire-Dorset border with her then-husband, film-maker Guy Ritchie.

Ashcombe is a Georgian Manor House on Cranborne Chase in the parish of Berwick St John. It is also the former home of photographer Cecil Beaton.