Celebrities step behind the camera

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Latest update 27.03.2013 15:57

Celebrities are used to life in front of the lens but this spring stars from the world of sport, film and TV take a turn behind the camera.

Actor Jude Law, chefs The Fabulous Baker Brothers and England rugby ace Austin Healey are among those who have shared photographs of the places that mean the most to them as part of a nationwide initiative to celebrate the importance of ‘special places’ in people’s lives. Photographs by the celebrities are being showcased on our new app to encourage people to share their favourite place and why it means so much to them. The app will also feature places that are important to our staff and volunteers and members of the public.

The campaign follows research undertaken by the charity which found that 84 per cent of Brits have a favourite place they go to which positively affects their wellbeing and happiness.

Your special place app
Photographs by the celebrities are being showcased on a new app that we have created to encourage people to share their favourite place and why it means so much to them. The app will also feature places that are important to our staff and volunteers and members of the public.

Included on the app are well-known names such as Nell McAndrew with photographs of Ham House in London, whilst Kim Cattrall shares memories of Blickling Estate in Norfolk, describing it as a perfect day when she visited with family. Other celebrities involved include The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, who chose Dyrham Park near Bath after family picnics there and its spectacular views across the South Gloucestershire countryside. Musician Gary Kemp chose the Lake District as his special place after summers spent holidaying in the heart of our countryside, sharing a picture of his son topping a Lakeland Fell.

David Gandy comments,
'I wanted to share my favourite photograph of Melford Hall as I have such fond and affectionate memories here, from visiting the beautiful grounds and rooms on school trips with all my school friends to family outings. Luckily my parents live very close to Melford hall and so we tend to visit together quite often. I particularly enjoy the fun event held on fireworks night, as this is when the gardens and park really come to life. Lots of people have special places that evoke happy memories so I think it’s great that the National Trust is encouraging people to share their love and give these places the importance they deserve.

 Celebrity snaps and locations:

  • Jude Law, Actor: Cliveden House, Berkshire
  • Naomie Harris, Actress and Bond girl: Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire
  • David Gandy, Model: Melford Hall, Sudbury
  • Kim Cattrall, actress: Blickling Estate, Norfolk
  • Alex Jones, Presenter: Brecon Beacons, Wales
  • Samantha Murray, Olympian: Lacock Abbey, Lacock near Bath
  • Tyger Drew Honey, Actor in Outnumbered: Box Hill, Surrey
  • Kelly Brook, Model: Sissinghurst Gardens, Kent
  • Austin Healey, former England & British Lions rugby player: Conwy Bridge, North Wales
  • Tom and Henry Herbert, The Fabulous Baker Brothers – TV chefs: Dyrham Park, Bath
  • Johny Pitts, CBBC Children’s TV Presenter: Upper Derwent Valley, Peak District
  • Nell McAndrew, Model & fitness expert: Ham House, London
  • Gary Kemp, Musician with Spandau Ballet: Lakeland fell, Lake District
  • Sienna Guillory, Actress best known for her role in Resident Evil: Blakeney, Norfolk
  • Hugo Taylor, Made in Chelsea star: Carlyle House, Chelsea
  • Nick Moran, Actor, famous for his role in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels: George Inn, London
  • Jacqueline Durran, Oscar winning Costume Designer on recent blockbuster Anna Karenina: Basildon Park, Reading
  • Enzo Cilenti, Actor known for his roles in Wonderland and 24 hour party people: Cray in Upper Wharfedale, Yorkshire

Research findings
One in ten (ten per cent) are romantically-minded and admitted that their special place was where they were married and five per cent where they were proposed to. 87 per cent said their special place made them happy just thinking about it, with three quarters of those surveyed (75 per cent) revealing the place they love the most reminded them of their family.

Laura Malpas, Visitor Experience manager at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire is just one of our staff who has shared the place that means the most to her:

'Each of the places we look after has its own individual story but is also uniquely special in thousands of people’s lives for thousands of different reasons. The National Trust is all about championing the importance of special places and we want to get the nation involved in discovering or revisiting their favourite place and sharing it with friends and family.

'For me, Canons Ashby will always hold a special place in my heart. I first visited on a magical day with my little girl, aged 3, flying kites and enjoying the spring sunshine. I remember the wide open spaces, big sky, and a fantastic unspoiled view. I fell in love with this secret corner of Northamptonshire, that was so tranquil after all the busyness of my pressured job, and ten years later, after visiting on and off, I started volunteering here. I truly love it here and watching the people who visit fall under the same spell of this unassuming and enchanting place makes my day.'

Get involved
Explore our places and find or discover new special places. You can also register your special place and tell everyone why you love it on our Facebook app or via Twitter, using the hashtag #specialplaces.