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Hollywood star Jack Black is renting a six-bedroom house in Chelsea while he's in town to star in satirical film, Gulliver's Travels; and Welsh golf hero Ian Woosnam had reduced the price of his Georgian house on Jersey by £1.5 million
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Jack Black
Jack Black

Jack Black rocks up in Chelsea

Hollywood star Jack Black has rented an immaculate six-bedroom, four reception-room house in Chelsea for a reported £10,000 a week. The 1920s property is in a quiet street off the King’s Road and is close to local attractions like the Bluebird Café, Chelsea Physic Garden and Stamford Bridge football ground.

The loveable Californian rocket scientist’s son is here to star in Jonathan Swift’s satirical film, Gulliver’s Travels, opposite Emily Blunt, in which he plays the eponymous Lilliput traveller. He has two young children Sammy and Thomas from his marriage to Californian cellist Tanya Haden.

Black, best known for rumbustious roles in films like Kung Fu Panda and High Fidelity, is a founder member of Hollywood’s Frat Pack of A-list male comedy stars, who include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan. Chelsea neighbours may enjoy his famed scat-style singing.

Jerry Hall
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Jerry Hall
Glamour photographer Bob Carlos Clarke’s widow Lindsey is selling Monk’s Cottage, her Grade II-listed four-bedroom Surrey retreat for £795,000 through John D Wood. The black and white timbered Tudor property with Victorian and modern additions includes a conservatory, annexe and one-acre lawn/meadows.

The 1970s Sunsilk shampoo model bought it in 2006 shortly after her husband threw himself in front of a train near Barnes Common while at The Priory rehab centre.

The mercurial Cork-born snapper, admired for his erotic portraits of stars like Jerry Hall (right), Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rachel Weisz, lived with Lindsey and their teenage daughter Scarlett in a £3 million Chelsea Victorian terrace house.

Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam
Welsh golf hero Ian Woosnam has reduced the price of his four-bedroom Georgian house on Jersey by £1.5 million. The new £3.5 million price through Savills reflects his canny decision to sell his two staff cottages separately for £800,000 and £700,000 respectively.

‘The property had been on the market for a year with no takers’, explains an insider. ‘So Woosie decided that they would sell better as three units. He’s become so involved in the US Masters that he spends only about three months a year on the island’.

Meanwhile the tiny Welsh farmer’s son and his wife Glendryth, who have three grown-up children Daniel, Rebecca and Ami, plan to buy a penthouse nearby.

Snowfield House
A starring role for Snowfield
Savills are selling Snowfield House, the Grade II-listed former Kent home of Baroness Orczy, the Hungarian-born author of the Scarlet Pimpernel novels, for £2.25 million.

The redbrick 17th-century property, set in ten acres of parkland near Bearsted, has 11 bedrooms, five reception rooms, a three-bedroom lodge and labyrinthine cellars. Orczy and her artist husband, Montague Barstow, used to paint in a garden studio beside the formal flowerbeds, lawns and tennis court.

Her fictional hero Sir Percy Blakeney, rescuer of aristos fleeing the French Revolution, was played by screen heart-throb Leslie Howard in the 1934 epic co-starring Merle Oberon. The Barstows later moved to the exquisite garden-encircled Villa Bijou in Monte Carlo but Orczy died in Henley-on-Thames in 1947, aged 82.

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