I'm pretty sure that Peter Mahew the Star Wars wookie actor lived in Effra Court, bottom of Brixton Hill in the early 1980s. The IMDB biography online says Mahew was born in Barnes, and worked at Kings College Hospital as an orderly prior to being talent spotted. He had a one bedroom flat upstairs in the block (price at the time would have been maybe £16,000 - £18,000 top wack). He complained that he had problems with Lambeth rates department. Being an actor he had a lot of time "resting" and apparently whilst Lambeth would sign you on for Rate benefit if you were unemployed, they couldn't cope with signing people on, then signing off a few weeks later. I only got to know him (assuming he is the one) because Peter Mahew was one of many leaseholders in the block who formed a residents group to oppose measures the new owners of Effra Court were trying to impose measures to extract "value" from leaseholders - like compulsory new windows and lease extensions. It seems Peter Mahew moved to America where he became an American citizen in 2005.