Localebrities, adopted residents, and local characters: Audience and celebrity in a small nation

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Within the small nation of Wales there have been considerable shifts in media production, with the opening of BBC Wales’ Drama Village in Cardiff Bay in March 2012. This paper considers the impact of such production shifts on how audiences understand and respond to celebrity, exploring how audiences in the local area of South Wales discuss the famous figures that they may encounter in their everyday lives. Whilst many celebrities are considered to be internationally renowned, this paper examines how stardom operates when figures are not universally recognisable. Building on recent work on local forms of celebrity, this paper explores how the figure of the ‘localebrity’ is constructed and discussed, arguing that the association of celebrities with specific locations imbues those places with cultural worth. Drawing on empirical audience research conducted in South East Wales, this paper examines how
celebrity can be understood in terms of figures specific to certain small nations, adopted localebrity, and local (usually unmediated) characters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-168
Number of pages14
JournalCelebrity Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2015


  • celebrity
  • Audiences
  • national identity
  • Small Nations
  • localcelebrity


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