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TV's hottest new star, Naomie Harris, is torn between Britain and Hollywood; and anyone hunting for a four-bedroom house in Newick, East Sussex, could end up with Piers Morgan as a neighbour

Naomie is torn between Britain and Hollywood

Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris, TV’s hottest new star with two drama series, Small Island and Blood and Oil, about to launch, faces that eternal actress’s property dilemma: “Shall I stay in Britain where my family and friends are or return to Hollywood where my career took off?”

The slinky Finsbury Park-raised scriptwriter’s daughter moved to LA in 2002 after success in Danny Boyle’s sci fi thriller 28 Days Later and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.

She won leading roles in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean epics and Michael Mann’s Miami Vice film adaptation.

Pensive Naomie is currently renting a house in Richmond, Surrey where three-bedroom properties near the Thames rent for up to £5,000 a month.

Piers Morgan
Piers Morgan
Anyone splashing out £499,950 on a four-bedroom detached Victorian house in Newick, East Sussex, will have Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers “motormouth” Morgan as a neighbour.

If they’re a keen cricketer this may be to their advantage because every summer he organises a match between the Pughe-Morgan (his real name) family team and other locals.

Last year, in a desperate attempt to beat them, Morgan introduced a “ringer” in the shape of former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

Brian Basham
Brian Basham
That City boulevardier and wit Brian Basham has swapped his louche London haunts for the sylvan delights of Battle, East Sussex.

“I sold our Primrose Hill home for £1.5 million and bought a converted farmhouse for £500,000,” he says. “It was a completely spur-of-the-moment decision. I fell in love with the spectacular views over the South Downs towards the sea and Bexhill.”

The Catford-born former spin doctor has turned two of the four bedrooms in his new Fifties pad into a study and dressing-room. “I can work as easily here as in London, plus there are fewer temptations,” adds Basham, whose third wife, Lynne, is a former City PR girl.

The Marquess of Bath’s photographer brother Lord Christopher Thynne has sold Britmore House, his pavilion-style Wiltshire manor house, for a tad under £925,000 through Knight Frank. The four-bedroom Donhead St Andrew property includes a double-height hall, a cowshed converted into an indoor pool and has stunning country views.

The septuagenarian former toothpick salesman moved there from The Hermitage, his five-bedroom house on the family’s Longleat estate, after being evicted by his eccentric brother, the Marquess of Bath and sacked as estate comptroller in 1992.

He and Antonia, his wife of 41 years, plan to downsize, moving into a bijou cottage on the Earl of Pembroke’s neighbouring Wilton House estate near Salisbury.

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