Zayn Malik, Rupert Grint & Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - celebrities that call St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding area their home

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:56 09 February 2016

It would seem theres no place like home for  Zayn Malik, the stray One Directioner, who owns a secluded property off Barnet Road...

It would seem theres no place like home for Zayn Malik, the stray One Directioner, who owns a secluded property off Barnet Road...

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It seems we are in good company, with an array of stars boasting Hertfordshire post codes. Who needs the Hollywood Hills when we've got Holywell Hill...

Tulisa's £4.5m home in Brookmans ParkTulisa's £4.5m home in Brookmans Park

London is one of the UK’s hubs for the sports and entertainment industry - but not all of the stars want to be constantly in the thick of it. It’s these celebrities that often look to the suburban outskirts; and the area of choice for North London tends to be Hertfordshire - with its picturesque setting and ‘close-but-not-too-close’ convenience to the Capital.

Who could forget the infamous Beckingham Palace - home to Victoria, David and the kids.Who could forget the infamous Beckingham Palace - home to Victoria, David and the kids.

St Albans and Harpenden have a particularly impressive hall of fame - the likes of comedy legend Benny Hill, national treasure novelist Catherine Cookson and genius Stephen Hawkin have at one time or another lived locally.

Maestro Tim Rice, rugby player Ben Foden and his ‘The Saturdays’ singer wife Una Healy call the region their home, as well as Holby City actress Rosie Marcel. Not to mention the Beckham clan who, until recently, resided in Hertfordshire’s infamous Beckingham Palace.

So who else are you currently most likely to bump into in the local Café Nero if you’re lucky?

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