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Famous People or Celebrity Photography

People often ask who is the most famous person you have photographed?  It’s a question I always stumble over as there have been a lot over the last forty-five years.  Most famous could be a member of the Royal Family, certainly Sir Richard Branson.  Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson or Liza Minnelli.  What about the brusque World War ll hero Sir Douglas Bader?  There are many more.

I have never done the paparazzi thing and any pictures I have taken of famous people have been commissions from newspapers.

Pop stars are good to do.  I photographed Paul Simon performing at Wembley Arena and would love to a one-to-one session with him to talk about his time living where I grew up in Brentwood, Essex

I have spaces on my website for Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John before I finally pack my cameras away.

I photographed a young Take That at Polydor Records in Fulham Palace Road, London.  One Saturday morning I ended up running with Madonna – accompanied by her six bodyguards.  I was trying to keep up and photograph her in Hyde Park before collapsing flat on my back with a red face, very out of breath.

I have photographed some of the football World Cup winners from 1966 though not playing football.  Alan Ball opening a betting shop,  Bobby Moore booking a family holiday at a travel agency.  Geoff Hurst switching on Christmas lights and Martin Peters taking part in The Sun’s ‘Hand of Hod’, a play on the ‘Hand of God’ goal scored by Diego Maradona and this ‘Hod’ being that of Glenn Hoddle.

Famous people and celebrities.  I have done them and a small number of those pictures are displayed on this website.

 

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American actor Richard Dreyfuss pictured at the Waldorf hotel at Aldwych in London.
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Chris Martin, the lead singer from Coldplay on stage at the Virgin music festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
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Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood talks candidly to Reporter Dan Evans at Kentish Town in London.
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All members of ‘Take That’ photographed on the back spiral staircase of Polydor Records in Fulham Palace Road, London.
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Naked chef and his new wife, Mr & Mrs Jamie & Juliet Oliver at All Saints church, Rickling Green in Essex
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Naked chef and his new wife, Mr & Mrs Jamie & Juliet Oliver with the two mums at All Saints church, Rickling Green in Essex.
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Final rehearsal for the show, 'Ken Dodd at the London Palladium.' Doddy with some of the Diddymen wearing masks of his two favourite comedians Tommy Cooper and Max Miller
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BBC Radio 2 Breakfast presenter Chris Evans travelled to the home of champion darts player Bobby George at Ardleigh, near Colchester in Essex for a game of darts to be broadcast on Chris's programme.
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Former Groundforce presenter Tommy Walsh enjoys a welcome break with a mug of 'builders' tea.
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Playboy boss Hugh Hefner continued his 75th birthday celebrations after flying into Stansted Airport in Essex with his seven blonde girlfriends, back left to right, Michelle, Dalene and Kimberly. Front, Tiffany, Tina, Hugh, Stephanie and Regina. Mr Hefner spoke that evening at the Oxford Union.
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Ol' Blue Eyes, Mr Frank Sinatra performing at the the London Arena in 1990.
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Chelmsford businessman Tony Appleton gave actress Elizabeth Taylor a surprise at her London Palladium press conference where she was due to talk about her stage debut in The Little Foxes. Tony managed to dodge all the security and present her with a mauve orchid before hastily being grabbed and whisked away. The show opened on Broadway in New York and then went on tour finishing at the Victoria Palace theatre in London.
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Chelmsford businessman Tony Appleton gave actress Elizabeth Taylor a surprise at her London Palladium press conference where she was due to talk about her stage debut in The Little Foxes. Tony managed to dodge all the security and present her with a mauve orchid before hastily being grabbed and whisked away. The show opened on Broadway in New York and then went on tour finishing at the Victoria Palace theatre in London.
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Actor Sanjeev Bhaskar arrives for the blessing at St Georges chapel, Windsor following the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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Actress Meera Syall arriving for the blessing at St Georges chapel, Windsor following the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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Stephen Fry has a quick word with Joanna Lumley as they arrive for the blessing at St Georges chapel, Windsor following the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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Stephen Fry has a quick fag after arriving for the blessing at St Georges chapel, Windsor following the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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Actress Elizabeth Taylor arrives at a press conference at the London Palladium to talk about her stage debut in The Little Foxes. The show opened on Broadway in New York and then went on tour finishing at the Victoria Palace theatre in London.
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Author Jilly Cooper arrives for the blessing at St Georges chapel, Windsor following the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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Formr football legend George Best takes a few steps out onto the balcony at the Cromwell hospital in west London on a warm sunny afternoon as he continues to recovery from his life saving liver transplant.
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Former football legend George Best and his wife Alex take a few steps out onto the balcony at the Cromwell hospital in west London on a warm sunny afternoon.
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Actor Rowan Atkinson and wife Sunetra arrive for the blessing at St Georges chapel, Windsor following the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
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The godfather of soul Mr James Brown making a guest appearance at one of the Virgin music festivals in Chelmsford, Essex.
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Naked Chef Jamie Oliver takes a break signing copies of his latest book at Saffron Walden in Essex this morning, and casts his eye over a familiar figure on the cover of an edition of the Times magazine.
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Former England International football legend Jimmy Greaves with son Danny doing what he enjoys most when not playing football or commenting on Saint and Greavesie with Ian St John on ITV. Jim loves the peace and quiet in the garden at his home in Little Baddow, Essex
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True Brit or true Englishman through and through? Former England footballer and TV pundit Jimmy Greaves gives Sun readers his verdict.
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"No-one nose I’m an Essex man too.” Dads army actor Ian Lavender and Essex cricket fast bowler John Lever meet up for a chat in the studios of BBC Essex in Chelmsford.
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Dads army actor Ian Lavender and Essex cricket fast bowler John Lever meet up for a chat in the studios of BBC Essex in Chelmsford.
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The flamboyant Lord Bath and his wife arrive at the Holy Trinity church for Heloise Lorentzen’s marriage to professional polo player Sean Wilson-Smith at the village of Wonston in Hampshire. Lord and Lady Bath’s son Ceawlin was married on the same day in another part of the country.
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‘Chariots of Fire’ director Lord David Puttnam and singer Lulu at the opening of Scotland House in Pall Mall, London.

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