I've always thought the fella who played Martin Platt in Corrie going into cheese making (and becoming an award winning one!) after they wrote him out of the show was a rather good career reinvention. He's even got some kind of food programme on Channel 5 now.
Also, is it Alex James from Blur who has also moved over to cheese production. I'm guessing they had the money to follow their passion, and they've become succesful.