Is that who I think it is?
Yes, singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bextor lives in Bedford Park. Daughter of Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, who also lives locally, she first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band Theaudience. After the group disbanded she went solo, achieving widespread success in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences.
Here she is performing what is probably her best known song Murder on the dance floor at the Bedford Park Festival.
Her solo albums include Read My Lips (2001), which won the Edison Award for “Best Dance Album”, Shoot from the Hip (2003), which produced two Top Ten singles, Trip the Light Fantastic (2007), Make a Scene (2011), Wanderlust (2014), and Familia (2016).
The best of all of these have been re-recorded with an orchestra for her Orchestral Greatest Hits boxset. The Song Diaries was produced by Ed Harcourt, (as was Wanderlust and Familia) and many of the tracks have the full 16 or 18 piece orchestra. Sophie performed some of them at Pub in the Park at Chiswick House in September 2019. Apart from her prolific music life, she also represents Save The Children, going on a tour of India for them in November 2017 and raising money also for the BBC’s Children In Need appeal.
Sophie lives in Bedford Park with husband Richard Jones and their five children. She often shares images of their house on Instagram and describes her interior decor style as “colourful, eclectic and eccentric!” It looks absolutely beautiful, homely and fun from the feature she did for sofa.com in March 2019.
Sophie talked to The Chiswick Calendar about her music and about taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in December 2014.
Nick Raikes met her at the Park Club’s own version of Strictly.