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18 Celebrities Who Pick their Nose Just Like You


Queen picking nose

We’ve all been there. There’s a big fat booger entrenched inside one of your nostrils, and if you don’t shift it you’re not even sure if you’ll be able to breathe much longer. And let’s be honest, if there isn’t a handkerchief or a tissue to spare, there’s only one option: like a call to action in a strike – pick it. The only thing is, in the glossier-than-glossy world of the celebrity, something at once so commonplace and taboo is funnier and more disgusting than ever. It doesn’t matter that most of the population picks its collective sniffer. For a celebrity to do it, and worse to be caught doing it in public, amounts to a scandal as juicy as – well now let’s see…

Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz picking nose

It’s always even more embarrassing when the celebrity caught scratching at their snout is a lady – in this case Hispanic cinema diva Penélope Cruz. The multiple award-winning actress was here caught mid-scrape as she cruised for a booger clinging to her right nostril while at a 2004 movie premiere in Cannes.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal picking nose

Star of critically acclaimed gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain and other serious films, Jake Gyllenhaal is used to dealing with difficult issues – and he seems to be taking the one inside his left nostril in his stride here in 2005. We wonder whether he’s giving the person on the other end of the line a running commentary.

Pamela Anderson

Pam Anderson picking nose

Pam Anderson is no stranger to allowing things normally left behind closed doors out into the public arena. But while there’s certainly a massive market for stolen sex tapes, we’re not sure the same can be said for photos of former Baywatch stars cum Playboy models picking their noses. Then again, if they dive in with the gusto of Pammy – snapped here in Malibu in 2006 – we might stand corrected.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise picking nose

Looks like everyone’s favourite Hollywood scientologist was trying to charm the lovely Cameron Diaz by giving her the thumbs up… up his snout. Now we know the vertically challenged A-list star has had his moments, but this one from 2009 should count among them. At least Cameron – co-star of Wichita , the movie they’re currently filming – seemed impressed by whatever it was he was digging; shame it doesn’t appear to have been her.

Hillary Clinton

Hilat Clinton picking nose

It’s comforting to know that the US Secretary of State has such a firm and penetrating grasp on the state of her nostril, in a television image from 2007. If it’s any reflection on her knowledge of home affairs, the American people are in safe hands.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke picking nose

Hollywood big-hitter and ex-husband of Uma Thurman Ethan Hawke has certainly been round the block in the movie industry. Even so, here in 2005, the star of Gattaca and Alive can look as shifty as he likes beneath his baseball cap – he isn’t going to get away with that surreptitious thumb pick with the prying eyes of the paparazzi taking pictures of him with a mystery blonde.

Katie Price

jordan picking nose

Ex-glamour model and mainstay of the British gossip magazines Katie Price is usually making the headlines for one reason or another, but with the stories usually focused on the gunk coming out of her mouth, and the cameras trained on other parts of her anatomy, it’s almost a surprise that this covert little thumb pick got picked up.

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson picking nose

Star of films such as Almost Famous and You, Me and Dupree, Kate Hudson was here spotted picking her way through the aisles of a clothing shop in Santa Monica back in 2006. We sure hope what the daughter of Goldie Hawn dug out was to the consumer’s taste.

Nicky Hilton

Nicky Hilton picking nose

Nicky Hilton is more often getting upstaged by older sister Paris when it comes to shaming her family name though outrageous public displays of indecency, but the younger fashion model, socialite and heiress – shown here at a drugstore in Beverley Hills in 2005 – can also prove that money can’t buy class.

Ed Westwick

Ed Westwick picking nose

Best known for his role in the American TV series Gossip Girl, English actor and musician Ed Westwick was here caught in the act doing some heavy duty gold mining. We just hope he managed to excavate a 24-karat clingenberry. He deserves it after the effort he put in. Just look at that concentration!

Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton picking nose

Although his star seems to have long since fallen, Beetlejuice and Batman star Michael Keaton could probably have done without being snapped in Santa Monica plunging his pinkie into his proboscis – and at the table too! Manners, Michael!

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan picking nose

Lindsey Lohan seems to have a habit of battling with her resident boogers, with other shots around of her doing the same. The paparazzi-pursued actress, model and pop singer is no stranger to controversy, but more often makes the headlines for what she puts up her nose than what she pulls out of it (now maybe there’s a connection…). Here she was caught taking a plunge in Malibu sometime in 2006.

Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama picking nose

Wilmer Valderrama once dated Lindsay Lohan, so maybe there was something in their mutual predilection for morsels from the muzzle that brought them together. Here, the star of That ’70s Show and host of MTV series Yo Momma is clearly enjoying himself as he gets stuck in with an index finger while sat an LA cafe back in 2004. Look at those eyes rolling. Sheer bloody ecstasy!

Kelly Brook

Kelly Brook picking nose

English model, ‘actress’, sometime TV presenter and lads mag favourite Kelly Brook is well known for her stunning good looks and killer figure, but her beautiful veneer was besmirched somewhat when she was snapped making a decisive lunge for her nose with a well varnished finger while walking in LA in 2005.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey picking nose

Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey scored hits with movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Wedding Planner, but the only thing the sportily dressed star looks likely to score in this photo – taken in Malibu in 2006 – is first prize in a booger picking contest. We’re routing for you Matthew!

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton picking nose

A successful actress Mischa Barton may be, but the Anglo-American star of US television series The O.C. is not averse to showing off her skills in mining the dried mucus lining the inside of her nose, once again in public. Barton takes the lady-like approach, plumbing for a pinkie while out in West Hollywood in 2004. Let’s hope she didn’t get any booger in her burger. That’s a relish we wouldn’t relish.

Steve Coogan

Steve Coogan picking nose

The actor and comedian known to American audiences as that English guy from some movie or another is here more reminiscent of the alter ego for whom British audiences know him best – the un-PC and socially inept local media personality Allen Partridge. Here old Steve was caught well and truly green handed while making a point in LA in 2007.

The Queen

Queen picking nose

This one’s from way back, but it’s clearly a classic: Elizabeth II, the Queen of England, caught white-gloving her nostrils at a ceremony in 1996. Her Royal Highness has understandably kept mum about this public indiscretion, but it just goes to show – it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, you’re never too rich to go digging for gold. How about that Queen ladies and gentlemen!

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