Johnny Depp's Calm English Rural Life: 'I'm Me'

Johnny Depp enjoys England's peace. In an April interview with Somerset Living, the 59-year-old actor said he had left Hollywood for Somerset.

"I love characterful settings. I love my properties in different locales. They're special, so I use them "he said.

The neighborhood also allowed him to live more comfortably out of the spotlight. "British people are cool and will greet you like a neighbor without going overboard," he said. 

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I don't mind signing autographs or chatting, but not while I'm with my family. He continued, "I can shop without selfie-seekers. It's fine, but sometimes it's too crowded."

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The Pirates of the Caribbean actor said the low-key lifestyle suits him better than expected. "I'm shy," he admits. "That's nice about Britain, especially Somerset. I can be myself—nice."

In 2014, Depp bought a £13 million estate in Somerset, three-and-a-half hours from London by car, according to the Evening Standard.

12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms are reported. Somerset Life calls the "huge manor mansion" 850 acres with walled gardens.

Sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to get the latest celebrity news and human interest stories. The Guardian reported that Depp bought antiquities in Lincolnshire, UK, earlier this month.

"He simply got a variety of pretty unique objects; a desk chair, three guitars, paint sets, easels, a few photographs, posters - just a broad range of things for his own home,"

Hemswell Antiques Centres owner Robert Miller told PA Media. Related: Johnny Depp's Rep denies 'Pirates' return. Franchise

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