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Due to its name, meaning "shepherd's habitation," the early history of Shepperton is debated. It is possibly first mentioned in history in 959 AD, but historians dispute that this could reference anywhere, and not necessarily the current "shepherd's habitation" of today. It was, however, certainly founded sometime before 1086, when it was recorded in the Domesday Book as a town of 25 households under the command of Westminster Abbey.
Today, Shepperton is home to a major British studio company, and countless large-scale film productions have filmed here, bringing in some of the most famous movie stars in the world, much to the delight and pride of the locals. The town is known for its small-town charm, pubs, and frequent flooding.
People Born in Shepperton
Shepperton in People's Lives
James McAvoy: I traveled here in 2003 to film scenes of the movie Wimbledon.
Jared Leto: I traveled here in 2003 to film scenes of the movie Alexander.
Jude Law: I traveled here in 2010 to film scenes of the movie Hugo.
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 2002 to film scenes of the movie Love Actually.
Michael Fassbender: I traveled here in 2009 to film scenes of the movie Centurion.
Natalie Portman: I traveled here in 2004 to film scenes of the movie Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and in 2012 for Thor: The Dark World.
Orlando Bloom: I traveled here in 2003 to film scenes of the movie Troy.
Ralph Fiennes: I traveled here in 1997 to film scenes of the movie The Avengers.
Ruth Wilson: I grew up here in the 1980's, raised Catholic and the youngest in a family of three older brothers. I was fascinated by the movie star aura of the town, and became interested in acting. Years later, I filmed movie scenes of Anna Karenina here in 2011.
Tom Sturridge: I filmed scenes of Gulliver's Travels here in 1995. I was ten years old at the time.
Viggo Mortensen: I traveled here in 1995, to film scenes for the movie The Portrait of a Lady.