Britpop legend unrecognisable with grey beard as he's seen smoking a cigarette in the street | The Sun

BLUR star Alex James looked a world away from his Britpop days – with the exception of his floppy haircut.

The 53-year-old music legend is now a cheesemaker and farmer who runs The Big Feastival at his country pad.


But Blur fans might not have recognised him with a grey beard as he smoked a cigarette in London.

Alex was seen in a T-shirt despite the chilly weather as he was photographed outside Scott's restaurant.

The star can usually be found on his sprawling estate near Kingham in Oxfordshire, where is a rock'n'roll farmer.

But he was in the capital with his wife Claire Neate and their son Geronimo. The couple also share twins Artemis and Galileo and daughters Sable and Beatrix.

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Alex's appearance comes after The Sun revealed Blur were staging a comeback including a huge gig at Wembley.

He had much to celebrate at the posh Mayfair fish restaurant.

The tour – their first since 2015 – sold out almost instantly with the Britpop kings adding a second date.

Alex will join Damon Albarn, 54, Graham Coxon, 53, and Dave Rowntree, 58, for the gigs, which will be stuffed with iconic hits.

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Alex said: "There’s always something really special when the four of us get in a room. It’s nice to think that on 8th July  that room will be Wembley Stadium.”

After his vast success with Blur, the star became an award-winning cheese producer and his own range at Asda.

He founded The Big Feastival with Jamie Oliver, which is an annual event held on his Oxfordshire farm.



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