Despite having a population of just over 7000, the Perthshire town of Crieff boasts a rather impressive number of celebrity connections. Here are the top 5 famous people linked to the Strathearn capital and the surrounding area …
- Ewan McGregor
Obi Wan Kenobi himself, Ewan McGregor is Crieff’s most famous export. The Star Wars’ alumni is a former pupil of Morrison’s Academy and his mum and dad still live in the area. Despite being based in the US these days where he shoots his smash hit TV series Fargo (he won a Golden Globe for his role as twins Emmitt and Ray Stussy) Ewan hasn’t forgotten his roots. As well as accepting the honour of Chieftain of the 2001 Crieff Highland Gathering, he delighted locals by posting a picture of a box of Campbell’s Bakery’s pies, tweeting: “Campbell’s pie. Best pie in the world!”.
- Denis Lawson
Often described as “Ewan McGregor’s uncle”, the Crieff-born actor has a stellar career every bit as impressive as his famous nephew. The former Crieff Primary and Morrisons’ pupil also did a turn in the Star Wars franchise as cult character Wedge Antilles, and his CV includes acclaimed performances in Local Hero, Bleak House, Victoria and New Tricks. Denis was Crieff Highland Gathering Chieftain in 2006 and returns to the town regularly supporting community events, including an appearance at the Highland Fling in the Park in 2016.
- Major Tim Peake
Astronaut Tim Peake hit the headlines when he blasted into space for a six month stay on the International Space Station (ISS). Major Peake set off for on the historic Principia mission in December 2015 and returned to Earth on June 18, 2016. When he touched down back home, one of his first priorities was a visit to see the in-laws in their Strathearn home. Major Peake’s wife Rebecca grew up in Comrie, and it is one of the couple’s favourite places.
- Gerard Butler
Okay, he might have been born in Paisley, but Hollywood hunk Gerard Butler is a regular visitor to Strathearn where his mum Margaret and stepdad Alex are based. His connection to the area was celebrated when The Famous Grouse Experience named one of their limited-edition casks after the Olympus Has Fallen star. The A-List action man is also a real-life hero who reportedly saved a boy’s life in 1997, rescuing the teenager from the River Tay and being handed a certificate of bravery by the Royal Humane Society of Scotland.
- Earl and Countess of Strathearn
They might have visited Crieff just once, but the Earl and Countess of Strathearn drew the crowds during their 2014 whistle-stop tour. The pair stopped off at The Famous Grouse Experience and met youngsters at Strathearn Community Campus, before unveiling a plaque dedicated to the newly restored MacRosty Park as a Field in Trust. Their Scottish title was one of three bestowed by the Queen on Wllliam and Kate’s wedding day in 2011. The royal couple are also known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in England and Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus. In Northern Ireland.