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Zadie Smith’s younger brother, well-known rapper ‘Doc Brown’ is featured on the track “Think Back” from the album The Enthusiast. One of his raps says “Veteran Willesden tenant. Brent the borough of residence.”
Willesden Green is a running joke in the cartoon Danger Mouse.
The Last Detective (2002) was set and filmed in and around Willesden and used the Rising Sun pub as its central location.
The TV programme Jonathan Creek is regularly filmed around Willesden.
BBc sitcom ‘Lead Balloon’ starring Jack Dee, is mainly filmed in Willesden.
Willesden was the first location of Zomba Records. It became internationally famous for releasing the music of global artists as Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and Britney Spears.
The family who share their house with a ghost in the BBC’s 1992 Sitcom ‘So Haunt Me’ lived on Meadow Road in Willesden.
In the hugely popular TV show ‘Minder’, Arthur Daley had a lock-up full of dodgy gear that was located in Willesden. In the episode “Willesden Suite”, Arthur finds himself caught up in the web of a dishonest manageress whilst supplying a hotel with dodgy merchandise
Ronald Coase, who won a Nobel Prize in Economics, was born and lived in Willesden.
Willesden was the location of Morgan Studios produced several well-known rock albums by artists such as Yes, Led Zeppelin and Supertramp.