I’m a celebrity get me to Wimbledon

Gwen Stefani

Tennis players aside, who is the most famous person you have seen at Wimbledon? Apparently Angelina Jolie was a guest here a few years ago but I wasn’t working then so she must have been here for the tennis. Everyone will remember Gwen Stefani at last year’s men’s final, but do you remember how bored she looked?


The best celebrity I ever saw at Wimbledon was Jack Nicholson at the 2001 men’s final. Before the match started the crowd was getting a bit boisterous and chanting “Jack, Jack, give us a wave” but Jack did nothing. So the crowd kept chanting, “Jack, Jack, give us a wave” – he was loving the attention – then he leant back in his chair, smirked that Nicholson smirk and arched one eyebrow which you could just see from behind his sunglasses. The crowd went nuts. Now that’s celebrity.

Do you have a celebrity at Wimbledon story to top that?

28 Comments

  1. Nicky-j
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Aside from Royalty (not sure they count as a celeb!), the most famous person I have seen at Wimbledon was Sir David Frost – can’t remember which match, though! Also saw Angus Deayton on the same occasion – and he wasn’t in the Royal Box!

    • Charlotte
      Posted 5 June, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      Oh, and I think the best moment was when Sean Connery joined in with the mexican wave!

    • Allisa
      Posted 23 June, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      I think I saw Boyd Tinley, violinist and all around talent of Dave Matthews Band at the Roddick match today. That is awesome!

  2. Charlotte
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I once sat next to Jonathan Ross and watched Andy Murray vs David Nalbandian – and in the Royal box on the other side of the court was Sean Connery!

  3. emily
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    I once saw Cliff Richard sitting in the royal box. It was pouring with rain and he tried to cheer everyone up by singing songs! it was great fun! I also saw Andre Agassi up close but he was being escorted so I was unable to talk to him!

  4. Posted 5 June, 2009 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I know that during Ashes years playeed in England the Autralian cricketers come down for the matches. If I remember correctly Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie and Glenn McGrath came down to Wimbledon for the men’s semi final in 2005 between Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt. I also know a lot Indian cricketers come down to watch the matches, last year Wimledon coincided with India’s tour of England, so I do know one of the greatest Legends of cricket Sachin Tendulkar who cheered for Roger last year was there and so were some of the others!

    • Sachin
      Posted 7 June, 2009 at 5:47 am | Permalink

      I’m not 100% sure; but I think I saw Australian cricketers Steve Waugh and Shane Warne cheering for Patrick Rafter in 2001 Wimbledon final versus the eventual fourth-time lucky Wild card champion croatian Goran Ivanisevic.

  5. ConchitaSpanishGirl
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I saw the British tennis player Emma Langan last year. She was supposed to be competing as a qualifier but she couldn’t due to injury. She’s quite good and the next grand slam champion I bet. Apparently she’s dating Marat Safin. Look her up. 🙂

  6. Deborah Seaton
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I have seen Charlton Heston and Dean Martin at Wimbledon. Also Gary Linekar and Kate Adie.

  7. Angela
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    We saw Eddie Izzard walking around in a white linen suit!

  8. Paola
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    I saw mr. Abramovich with the producer of Russian Wimbledon, don’t remember his name

  9. Gary McQueen
    Posted 5 June, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    Yeah I saw Jack Nicholson when I was at the Men’s Final back in 2001 also. I’ve been to every Men’s Final since then & have also seen Paul McCartney, Nigel Havers, David Frost, Terry Wogan, Alistair McGowan, Kenneth Clark.

    I’m sure there is plenty more but I can’t remember!!

  10. Nasko ot Gorata
    Posted 6 June, 2009 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    YES!! and I have seen Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong, and they weren’t in the Royal Box, they were sitting next to me. OMG.

  11. Bhargav Garimella
    Posted 6 June, 2009 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I remember the Waugh twins, Mark and Steve, along with Shane Warne coming down to cheer for Rafter against Ivanisevic in 2001.

  12. Kathy
    Posted 6 June, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    My first visit to Wimbledon was about 1976 when my mate and I saw a lady ouside the commentary boxes under the Centre Court, surrounded by Americans. I recognised her but could not place the name until someone told me it was Ginger Rogers. Apparently she was as good a tennis player in her say as she was a dancer. Since then I have seen Cliff (and have a nice photo of him alongside Sue Barker) Barbra Streisand and Norman Lamont( why?)

  13. HT
    Posted 7 June, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Gwen does look bored when her husband drags her to tennis events.

  14. pavarit
    Posted 7 June, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    pierce brosnan was at wimbledon for the match bartoli vs henin hardenne in da women’s semis 2007

  15. George
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Been a few times, lucky me and sat next to Hugh Grant and his mum, whilst Tom Cruise on No 1 court, Keith Richards and Ron Wood, to top it off, Kylie and boyfriend – still Federer better!! Cilla Black, Alisatair McGowan, Alan Davies, and lots more!!! How lucky was I!!

  16. Carol
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    My unknown celebrity was the gentleman and his son who gave me their Centre Court tickets on my very first trip to Wimbledon. They were leaving for the day, and my friend and I were taking a rest just outside Centre Court. He wouldn’t even take anything for them! Now that’s a celebrity!

  17. NL Ryan
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    On the way down to Wimbledon on the first day of play in 2006, I spotted Cliff Richard being driven down to the Championships. My brother remarked that it was a bad sign to see him at that stage as there was likely to be rain and he would be singing to entertain the crowd! Low and behold it poured down later and we only got to see 10 minutes of play!! That was my only experience of Wimbledon!!

  18. john henry hill
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    have virtuly watched every mens wimbledon final since 1953 i remember tony trabert beating kurt neilson who was unseeded in that year trabert did not loose a set i also think mensneilson got to 2 mens finals both times being unseeded

  19. wajid
    Posted 8 June, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Jude law and Siena Miller came in, i think 2004, to watch Henman play. I think that Brian Lara came once as well

  20. Ankita Mathur
    Posted 15 June, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Gwen Stephani did look bored..what a waste!Man I could kill for those tickets!

  21. lee-lee
    Posted 16 June, 2009 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    tiger woods was in the box cherring on roger i do not know who roger played that day i think is was 2007 or 2008

  22. Wimbledon twins
    Posted 20 June, 2009 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    My sisters and I were sitting right behind Jack Nicholson that year – we managed to get his autograph, after that he wouldn’t sign for anyone else.

    Have been going to Wimbledon almost every day for the last 23 years so have seen many celebrities – as well as the names above: Arnold Schwarzenegger; John Terry; Robin Given, Brooke Shields, Bruce Forsyth, Terry Wogan, Michael Buerk; Michael Johnson

  23. Hannah
    Posted 22 November, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I was sitting behind Adrian Chiles at this years ladies final, and got a close up on Telly because of him! 🙂

  24. Posted 18 February, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Gwen Stephanie looks so amazing and smooth!

  25. Posted 28 August, 2010 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    This place is really awesome. I am here for the first time and i got to know about the celebrity participation in wimbledon. I am a big fanof halle berry. Does any one know about her participation?

    Thanks
    Collin paul


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