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UK property investors favour same countries as celebs

Spain, France, Portugal and Cyprus are the top four favourite places for UK investors followed by Turkey, Greece, Italy, the US, Australia and Canada, according to a poll of readers of A Place in the Sun magazine.

And they are also popular with famous Brits. In Spain you might spot former England football manager Terry Venables, PR guru Max Clifford, chef Antony Worrall Thompson, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, former cricketer Ian Botham, singer Annie Lennox, actor Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Olympic athlete Daley Thompson, according to the magazine.

In the south of France you might be lucky to spot David and Victoria Beckham or singer Elton John. Television personality Terry Wogan, singer Toyah Willcox, footballer Steven Gerrard, opera singer Lesley Garrett and Bono from U2 also have homes in France.

Portugal attracts a lot of footballers and golfers. They include former England goalie David Seaman, footballers Michael Owen and Alan Shearer, ex-Liverpool forward John Aldridge, former England defender Tony Dorigo and golfer Padraig Harrington

Then there is actor Clive Dunn, singer Cliff Richard, television presenter Judith Chalmers, ex-Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor and television presenter Chris Evans all enjoying the sunshine at their second homes.

Even Cyprus has its celebs including former Liverpool and Wales international footballer Ian Rush and paparazzi favourites Jordan and Peter Andre.

In Turkey you might encounter premiership footballers Andrew Johnson and Tim Cahill, golfer Lee Westwood, actor Ricky Tomlinson, boxers Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton, athlete Sally Gunnell, actor Claire Sweeney, and athlete Jason Gardener.

It might be a bit more difficult to spot anyone well known in Greece, however. There might be lots of millionaires on their luxury yachts off Greek islands but the only celeb with a second home there is Private Eye editor and Have I Got News for You panelist Ian Hislop.

Italy singers Sting and Mick Hucknall, A Place in the Sun presenter Amanda Lamb, and distinguished actress Dame Helen Mirren.

In the US celebs tend to have a lot of security around their mansions but those who have been spotted out and about include music svengali Simon Cowell, singer Rod Stewart, singer Daniel O'Donnell, and actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband actor Michael Douglas.

It might be a bit harder to see anyone in Australia and Canada. Although singer Kylie Minogue and actresses Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman are almost regarded as honorary Brits. Singer Midge Ure has a property in Canada.