Nigel Havers made a guest appearance at Nowton Court Village last Thursday when he arrived there to make a film about his school days and school dinners.
Fliming for BBC TV’s Your Life on a Plate the actor who starred in Chariots of Fire, Passage to India, Downton Abbey and Coronation Street, enjoyed a trip down memory lane.
He also created quite stir among residents of the luxury supported living complex which is now housed in his former prep school.
The actor chose Shepherds Pie from his schooldays which was cooked in the grounds by TV chef Brian Turner.
The crew from Tigress Productions filmed inside and outside the historic building for the series which invites celebrities to chose a meal which recalls a period in their life and which is then cooked on air. The prgramme also interviewed Nowton’s head concierge Martin Reilly
Nowton Court was built in 1837 and was owned by the Oakes family. For several years it was run as a boarding prep school until it closed and pupils and staff moved to Old Buckenham Hall School in Brettenham,
Mr Havers visited his former classrooms, recalled his former tuck shop and getting the cane during his time at school.
Rosemary Lawson, care support manager at Nowton Court, said: “It was a beautiful day and a lot of residents came out and had a glass of wine on the patio and watched the filming. Nigel Havers was charming and very pleasant.”
The programme is expected to go out in October.