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8 celebrities you may spot on British waterways

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:03 28 July 2015

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

2012 Getty Images

With reported sightings of celebrities on the British waterways ever growing, here is a line-up of famous faces just as passionate about canal boating as we are…

Timothy SpallTimothy Spall

Timothy Spall


Harry Potter actor Timothy Spall, purchased his first narrowboat in 1997 and spent the next eight years cruising the waterways of Britain. Although Spall has now swapped his narrowboat for a much larger seaworthy barge named Princess Matilda, it has been reported that his days spent navigating the canals of Britain helped him to overcome leukaemia.


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Prunella Scales & Timothy West


Fawlty Towers actress Prunella, and her husband actor Timothy West, are avid canal boaters and you can currently see them in ‘Great Canal Journeys’ on Channel 4. Following restorations in 1990, the famous couple were on the first narrowboat to travel the full length of the waterway between Bath and Devizes in 42 years.


Harrison FordHarrison Ford

Harrison Ford


So he may not be a regular to the waterways, but Indiana Jones actor Harrison Ford took a boating holiday along the scenic Llangollen canal back in 2004 and is now an enthusiast who hopes to make a return to our canals. Following his trip, the British canal boating scene saw a surge in enquires about hire boat holidays.


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Keira Knightley


In 2010, Pirates of the Caribbean actress Keira Knightley rented a canal boat in London’s East End for several months. She reportedly used the house-boat as a summer hideaway and spent her time strolling along the Regent’s Canal in the stylish area of Hoxton with partner Rupert Friend.


David SuchetDavid Suchet

David Suchet


Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet is a long term boat owner and a familiar face to the British waterways (he spent the first five years of his marriage living on a narrowboat). Suchet announced canal boating as one of his favourite holiday experiences and is currently vice-president of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Trust.


Greg Barker with John Craven © Department of Energy and Climate Change, FlickrGreg Barker with John Craven © Department of Energy and Climate Change, Flickr

John Craven


John Craven, a presenter from programmes such as Countryfile and Newsround, grew up visiting the Bingley 5 Rise Locks in Leeds. He regularly enjoys exploring the British waterways on a narrowboat and is also a friend of the Canal and River Trust.


Matthew Corbett


Sooty & Co presenter Peter Corbett (widely known as Matthew Corbett), is a recognised face on the canal boating scene. With over forty years experience on the waterways he is now known to live along the Bridgewater Canal. Corbett featured on ITV’s ‘Locks and Quays’ in 2008.


Stan Cullimore


Guitarist Stan Cullimore from the 80’s band The Housemartins, regularly takes canal boating holidays with his wife and dog. He keeps diaries of his holidays and many of these can be found online. He reportedly claimed that being in the canals is like going back to the 1950’s as everybody is so nice and helpful- we find it difficult to disagree!



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