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Emma Watson, Lily Allen, George Orwell: Islington celebrities MAPPED

Montage of Emma Watson, Oscar Wilde, and Lily Allen
Clockwise from left: Emma Watson (Flickr: 916vince), Oscar Wilde (Wikipedia), Lily Allen (Flickr: Hot Gossip Italia)

Emma Watson, Lily Allen, George Orwell and a whole host of other celebrities have lived in Islington.

Other famous faces from your borough include Oscar Wilde, Boris Johnson and Tony Blair.

We’ve compiled a list of the best and brightest to grace your streets since the dawn of time:

Emma Watson

Harry Potter star and Islington resident Emma Watson has a flat in Canonbury
Harry Potter star Emma Watson, adding a bit of glamour to Islington. Flickr: 916vince

Harry Potter star and UN Ambassador Emma Watson lives in a posh flat in Canonbury, when she’s not jetting off to the USA.

 

Lily Allen

Islington resident Lily Allen singing
Pop star Lily Allen, Islington resident and daughter of actor Keith Allen. Flickr: Adam Baidawi

Pop star Lily Allen, daughter of actor Keith Allen was born and raised in the borough – although her ‘Mockney’ accent would have you believe otherwise.

 

George Orwell

A blue plaque on an Islington house showing that George Orwell lived there.
George Orwell lived here. There’s a blue plaque to PROVE IT. Flickr:lubats

The author, essayist and journalist who wrote 1984 and Animal Farm lived in a basement flat at Canonbury Square. It’s rumoured that a night out in the Angel Wetherspoon’s inspired him to write about a horrific dystopian future.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, poet and short-term Islington resident
Oscar Wilde was an Islington resident for two months in 1895, while imprisoned at Pentonville Prison. Wikipedia

After being convicted for homosexuality in 1895, Oscar Wilde was taken from the Old Bailey to the notoriously tough Pentonville Prison, where he stayed for two months before being transferred to Wandsworth.

 

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, lived in Islington
Shaggy-headed mayor Boris Johnson was a long-time Islington resident. Flickr: Tom Page

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, London Mayor Boris Johnson lived in the Highbury Fields area of Islington – a time which he credits with softening his right-wing views and making him more liberal. His recent USA tax bill controversy was over the sale of his old house on Furlong Road, right next to Highbury & Islington station.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair at the 50th Munich Security Conference 2014
Tony Blair, 50th Munich Security Conference 2014. Wikipedia: Hazhk

Former prime minister Tony Blair exchanged his luxury Barnsbury pad for a rather more exclusive address, when he moved into 10 Downing Street after the 1997 General Election. When estate agents put it up for sale now though, they try and keep mum about the fact that he used to live there – apparently it’s a turn-off.

Professor Slughorn (also known as Jim Broadbent)

Jim Broadbent, actor famous for his role as Professor Slughorn in the Harry Potter movies.
Jim Broadbent, actor famous for his role as Professor Slughorn in the Harry Potter movies. Flickr: Eftihia Stefanidi

Actor Jim Broadbent (aka Professor Slughorn from the Harry Potter movies) lives in Belsize Park. According to the lock keepers, he’s a regular feature along Regent’s Canal.

 

Featured image above – Clockwise from left: Emma Watson (Flickr: 916vince), Oscar Wilde (Wikipedia), Lily Allen (Flickr: Hot Gossip Italia)

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