Brad Pitt dines in style - at a branch of WIMPY in Billericay

The surprisingly down-market shopping habits of celebrities

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Brad Pitt dines at a branch of WIMPY in Billericay

Brad Pitt made an unusual dining choice on Tuesday night this week - having dinner in a branch of WIMPY in Billericay in Essex. Locals claim he went into the burger chain with his security guards, and spent £6.35 on a cheeseburger and chips. A staff member said he had promised to pop back later in the week for some donuts.

It's just one of many down-market celebrity shopping surprises.

The Daily Mirror reported the sighting, and added that Pitt is in the UK at the moment filming the sequel to World War Z in Essex. The Standard added that he had popped into a local pub for a pint later that evening - but chose to drink it in private in one of the conference rooms.

His low-brow culinary tastes come as something of a surprise. However, this isn't the first time he has been spotted shopping at the budget end of the market. At Christmas in 2010 he and his wife Angelina Jolie were seen buying Christmas toys at their local Kmart.

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And he's not the first celebrity to have surprised us with his downmarket shopping habits.

In March Cold Feet star Hermione Norris said she still bought Asda Smart Price products, because TV work didn't pay half as well as everyone thinks.

Back in December Chelsea footballer John Terry was spotted shopping in Poundworld in Woking. He even posed for a photo with a fan.

A couple of months earlier Britney Spears admitted she'd popped into Poundland (for a box of novelty matches) while she was in the UK - and was a regular at 99 cent stores at home.

Back in 2012 when Susan Boyle was said to be worth £22 million, she was spotted in her local Poundland.

Over in the US, Michelle Obama was photographed in 2011 shopping at discount store Target. She never made a secret of the fact that she likes the shop - mentioning it during the 2008 Presidential campaign, and being photographed in a dress from the store in 2009.

And Kate Moss is another celebrity who is known to mix cheaper brands with designer fashions. She caused a run on Primark capes in 2011 when she was photographed wearing one to the Isle of Wight Festival.

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