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John Cleese on move to 'beautiful' Georgian Bath
John Cleese
John Cleese has moved to a new home in the city of Bath

Monty Python funnyman John Cleese says he has fallen "in love" with his new home in Bath.

The actor and comedian has moved to the Georgian city after spending the past decade in America.

And Cleese, who was born in Weston-super-Mare and went to Bristol's Clifton College, says many people he knows are moving West.

"Everyone I know in London is moving to Bath," he said as he explained how he made a return to the West Country.

"I came here in March to continue the jewellery theme, my girlfriend Jennifer Wade, is a jewellery designer and I came here to meet her parents," Cleese explained.

"Her parents live here and her dad works at the local hospital.

"As I arrived here I just fell in love with the place and I was trying to figure out why it felt so good and I realised it's because I was born in Weston and I went to Clifton College.

"It all feels too familiar when I look out of the window now at the buildings it feels like where I grew up."

What's so great about it is there's so many really beautiful shops, everything you could possibly need, and you could walk it all
John Cleese

And Bath was a city that John was familiar with after spending time there as a boy.

"My parents went here fairly regularly and I came here once or twice to watch the cricket although I used to watch Somerset playing in Weston-super-Mare in those days.

"So I knew the town reasonably well and then I didn't come for a long time because for the first time for 44 years, if you can believe this, I don't have a place in London.

"So I've now moved my 'centre of gravity' here and I can't tell you how happy I am about it.

"It's such a beautiful city."

But the architecture and familiarity were not the only positives that attracted the Hollywood celebrity back to his old stomping ground.

"What's so great about it is there's so many really beautiful shops, everything you could possibly need, and you could walk it all.

JOHN CLEESE
John Cleese was born in Weston-super-Mare on 27 October 1939
He attended Clifton College in Bristol
He starred in the BBC TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus between 1969 and 1974
He had more success with TV show Fawlty Towers which made its debut in 1975
He has appeared in two James Bond films as MI6's quartermaster
He has also starred in US sitcom Will & Grace

"It's all within ten or fifteen minutes walk."

Despite the move back to the West, John Cleese is not thinking about taking it easy.

In 2011, he is planning a series of one-man shows at the Bristol Hippodrome and Bath Theatre Royal.

Is the thrill of live performance what keeps the Fawlty Towers man going - or is it something else?

"The need to pay alimony, if you really want to know," Cleese joked.

"But also I like live performance - there's something very real about just walking out in front of an audience and interacting with the audience.

"It's completely different to television and from movies where, of course, you can make something months before you have any idea how the audience it going to react to it!"

John Cleese will be appearing at Bristol Hippodrome during the week starting 21 June 2011.



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