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Escape to the Chateau star Angel Adoree is currently reaping the benefits of her incredible vision and drive to build an overseas wedding and lifestyle business from scratch with husband Dick Strawbridge. Here she tells Essex Life about series five of the hit Channel 4 show and how a strong Essex work ethic helped her dream so big | Words: Denise Marshall

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Whether you know him for his madcap antics, his reality TV appearances or his unique voice, Essex boy Joe Pasquale has earned his place as one of the nation’s favourite entertainers. Kate Everett caught up with Joe to hear what’s next in his 30-year showbiz career

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Neil Oliver is perhaps best known for his role as the presenter of the BBC’s Coast series, but he is about to embark on a quite different tour of the UK, calling in at Southend. Kate Everett found out more

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Essex-raised TV personality Andy Day has been a favourite on BBC children’s channel CBeebies for over 12 years. Now he’s branched into music, touring nationwide with his family-friendly band, Andy and the Odd Socks. Here he tells Denise Marshall about his Glastonbury debut, fighting bullying and becoming a father

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Perhaps most noted as the 1980s queen of Page 3, life has taken some unusual turns for Chingford’s Samantha Fox. Tim Saunders catches up on this Essex girl’s career path

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Simon Reeve is a world-famous documentary maker, a New York Times bestselling author and an international traveller, so what will he make of his visit to Southend? Words: Kate Everett

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There’s much more to Jimmy Doherty than a TV show with his pal Jamie Oliver, as Georgina Blaskey discovers

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Essex icon Dame Helen Mirren extols the virtues of pomegranate farming, comments on the fight for equality in Hollywood and reveals why you should never call her a movie star. Oh, we just have! Words: VIOLET WILDER

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She may not be one for looking too far into the future, but following the stunning success of her young music career, Pixie Lott is now searching for her marital home – and an Essex village is her firm favourite

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The life of Ronnie O’Sullivan has been anything but predictable, but the most gifted snooker player of all time seems to be showing signs of settling down. Denise Marshall went to meet him

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Alan Titchmarsh is one of the UK’s favourite gardening presenters and historical enthusiasts. Here he talks to Denise Marshall about revealing the latest Secrets of the National Trust and his pride over the special part of Essex that bears his name

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It’s no secret that Essex is home to some of our favourite celebrities but there are also a number of famous faces who you may be surprised to find out were born in our wonderful county. Here are 8 celebrities you probably didn’t know were born or grew up in Essex

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