Celebs who quit fame to live off-grid from Jason Gardiner to EastEnders and Strictly stars to One Show host

AFTER years in the bright spot light, some of our favourite famous faces have quit fame to enjoy a slower pace of life.

The likes of Jason Gardiner, Strictly star Flavia Cacace and Five singer Abz Love have all moved to the countryside to live on farms.

Lets have a look at who has ditched the city life for something a little more peaceful…

Jason Gardiner


The Australian choreographer, 49 – who is known for his harsh critique on ITV'S Dancing on Ice, has moved over to sunny Portugal to live on a farm.

Since quitting the ITV show in 2019, Jason has started a new life in the small village of Pavia and is now a proud eco warrior.

He made the move to make a change in the world and has dubbed himself a "nomadic permaculture designer" who loves to make a change in the world.

Yesterday it was revealed that the ex "Mr Nasty" judge spent three months living in a tent while building eco-friendly houses for refugees.

He shared: "I have found a new life that isn’t about the toxic environment of the TV industry.

"My tenure on Dancing on Ice was always marred with controversy and lots of issues but the problem is, I didn’t realise how toxic it was until I left.

"It took me a while to decompress from it, I’ll be honest."

Jason had been a judge on Dancing on Ice since 2006 but it came to an end two years ago after a feud with Towie star Gemma Collins.

The star told her he "looked like a fridge" and contestants acused him of being a "bully" so he sensationally quit the programme.

Jimi Mistry and Flavia Cacace



Actor Jimi, 48, and former Strictly star Flavia, 41, decided to live a quieter life in North Devon.

The pair – who met on Strictly in 2010 – moved out of their bungalow in Guildford, Surrey, and now run their very own farm in the southwest of England.

They have a dedicated Instagram account called @ourlifeatthebarn which they love to share what animals they look after and produce they make.

Their Instagram bio states: "Follow us @flavia_cacace @mistryeats and #pabloandzak on our life changing journey as we move to the country and follow our self sustainable dream".

Jimi has played a number of roles on our TV since shooting to fame in 1996.

He played Dr Fred Fonseca on EastEnders from 1998 to 2000, as well as characters in East Is East, The Guru and Coronation Street.

Flavia is most known for being a professional dancer on the BBC One show after joining the team in 2004.

After ten years on the programme she decided to leave to focus on other things.

Matt Baker


Telly star Matt, 43, lives on a farm in Hertfordshire with his wife Nicola Mooney, and their two children Luke and Molly.

The telly star, who is from Easington in County Durham, has presented the likes of Countryfile, The One Show and Blue Peter over the years.

Although he's used to the glitz and glam of the showbiz industry, he knew that he wanted to escape to the country at some point to start a family.

Matt joined the Countryfile team in 2009 and his love for nature has certainly rubbed off on where he wanted to live.

He told Prima magazine: "I missed the countryside when I moved to London. When I began my career in TV at Blue Peter, I realised I couldn't cope in the capital.

"The pace was so at odds with what I was used to, and I missed being able to see the horizon.

"If I hadn't moved out and found a little paddock outside the city, I probably wouldn't have been able to continue with this career.

"When I was commuting two hours each way to work, what made me feel like I could do the job was being immersed in nature when I got home.

"I needed that in order to do my best work."

Matt presented Blue Peter from 1999 to 2007 and The One Show from 2011 to 2020.

JB Gill

JB, 34, is most known for one of the singers in popular boy band JLS.

The star came second in X Factor alongside Ortise Williams, Aston Merrygold and Marvin Humes.

The singer has definitely had his fair share of amazing parties, but he's now decided to stay low key in the Kent countryside.

He has also been one of the main presenters of the children’s TV show, Down on the Farm, alongside Storm Huntley.

The singer-turned-farmer now lives in his farmhouse with his wife Chloe and their two children.

JB grows veg and breeds livestock, keeping pigs and turkeys — with Christmas customers including members of Little Mix.

Talking of his lifestyle change in a previous interview, JB said: “The pop star lifestyle is full-on. You don’t get much time off so I wanted somewhere peaceful I could escape to. Here (his farm) became the perfect place to relax and recharge.

“It’s the ideal place for them (his family) to enjoy the British countryside.”

Abz Love


The rapper, 42, is known as part of boy band Five, who formed in 1997.

After pursing different things in 2011, he had a go at his own solo career and even starred in Celebrity Big Brother.

When Abz officially left Five in 2014, he decided to move to rural Wales with his partner Vicky Fallon.

The pair starred in their own BBC Two show Abz on the Farm which hit our screens in 2015.

The show followed the pair leave the city and live on a budget to try and be successful farmers.

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