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Title: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Bigfella on August 31, 2021, 03:54:44 PM
Have you or an acquaintance ever met a famous person?  What were they like - grumpy, jolly, drunk?  My cousins in Edinburgh were babysat by Ewen 'spud' Bremner.  Apparently he was sound as a pound, nice, funny guy.  No noncing.  So there you go.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Buelligan on August 31, 2021, 04:05:33 PM
Yes.  Alone once with David Bowie.  He bent down over me, I was sitting, raised his sunglasses, winked and smiled.  I pretended I hadn't noticed.  I had noticed.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Norton Canes on August 31, 2021, 04:30:38 PM
Bought a house off of someone who'd bought their hi-fi speakers off of Howard Jones does that count?

Saw the actual speakers like
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Dex Sawash on August 31, 2021, 05:17:43 PM
Told CaB this before but,
Worked on Branford Marsalis' car for a few years until he handed it off to his son who promptly killed it. Normal guy who said "fuck me" or something to that effect when you gave him an estimate for repairs.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Dr Trouser on August 31, 2021, 05:33:51 PM
Izabella Scorupco gave me a snog as she was very drunk and I was in charge of a 100M helicopter. Would recommend
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on August 31, 2021, 05:37:10 PM
None.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Captain Z on August 31, 2021, 05:39:17 PM
Paging Jocki... Oh.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Tony Tony Tony on August 31, 2021, 05:48:53 PM
Mentioned this one before, but here goes...

Bumped into Rick Wakeman who offered me use of his spare gloves because I couldn't find mine. In the end I didn't need them as mine turned up.

Later in the evening he passed around a packet of mints, from memory they were Polo Mints. 
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Bumlord on August 31, 2021, 05:52:38 PM
I was working in a court building in London a few years back. On the way out of the toilets I held the door open for a sprightly gent who gave me a nod and a 'thanks'.


"Hmm, he looks like Eric Idle," I pondered.


Then I saw him walking to the stairwell to meet two old gents who looked suspiciously like a certain Jones and Palin, all grinning. Turns out they were being sued by their old manager or somesuch.


Palin sat in the corridor seat opposite me while I was nibbling lunch, making old man 'pom pom pom' noises and tapping his knees.


I concentrated on my baguette as I am a coward.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Rizla on August 31, 2021, 06:00:50 PM
I used to know Ewen a bit. I once took US alt-folk legend Michael Hurley along to a party at his house. That definitely happened, I didn't dream it. No cunt had a clue who he was, unsurprisingly.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Video Game Fan 2000 on August 31, 2021, 06:02:02 PM
I egged on a schoolmate as he threw gravel at against the window of a restaurant where rory mcgrath was eating
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Sherringford Hovis on August 31, 2021, 06:04:36 PM
Quote from: Sherringford Hovis on April 07, 2007, 08:29:26 PMBill Bailey once said "Fuck" when he nearly fell over my dog.

I've been dining out on this one for so many years. In other dog-related celeb news, Nettie Lynton (Helen from Crossroads) thought I was trying to steal their black Labrador when circumstances that would be too unbelievable even for an end-of-the-pier farce led to me hanging out at Nick Mason from Pink Floyd's house one afternoon.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on August 31, 2021, 06:09:24 PM
Dave Walliams signed his autobiography for me at our branch of Waterstones.  He was extremely brown-skinned, had incredibly long legs and his hair was so heavily gelled it absolutely shone reflected light from the fixture above.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: flotemysost on August 31, 2021, 06:13:35 PM
It's not uncommon to see people of varying degrees of recognisability in my office (mainly reality star- or TV chef-tier, but the occasional A-lister or big musician), but I'm not sure that counts as an interaction if you're just sharing a lift or passing through the lobby - like, I'd smile if I happened to make eye contact (as I would with anyone!), but I wouldn't say hi or anything. However my old job used to involve quite a bit of phone/email contact with vaguely famous people, which I've bored on about on here before.

My brother has a few good anecdotes about musicians he's met on tour, but my favourite he told me recently was how he once raided Edwyn Collins' rider at a festival. Didn't meet him or anything, just scarfed down his leftovers.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Bigfella on August 31, 2021, 06:25:09 PM
Quote from: Buelligan on August 31, 2021, 04:05:33 PM
Yes.  Alone once with David Bowie.  He bent down over me, I was sitting, raised his sunglasses, winked and smiled.  I pretended I hadn't noticed.  I had noticed.
Cool, I find that quite heartwarming.  Not a major Bowie fan, but he seemed like a good bloke. 
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: BJBMK2 on August 31, 2021, 06:44:17 PM
Mother used to be quite friendly with Shaun Ryder and Bez. And that's probably all one can say about that.

My actual celeb encounters have been mainly convention related. Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, all lovely and chatty. As was Sylvester Mccoy, nice, but very quiet, to himself.

Once got Simon Donald (Viz man), to sign one of my annuals. He seemed a bit pissed off at me because I'd never heard of his stand up career. Which is great. So he told me. Even gave me his book for free to PROVE IT, ALRIGHT?

Shook the hand of Michael Cumming (Brass Eye director man), at a screening of Oxide Ghosts. I was very animated and chatty that day. (Translation: quite drunk). And I think he noticed his, hence his swift departure.

Steve Evets (Looking For Eric, also was once in The Fall, but then again, so are most people from Manchester), used to drink in my local.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: paruses on August 31, 2021, 08:38:52 PM
Used to live next door to John Kettley. Really nice man.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: bigfatheart on August 31, 2021, 09:14:41 PM
Mate of mine got into an argument with the lead singer of the Spin Doctors. He says that Mr Two Princes was being a cunt, although to be fair he can be a cunt when he wants, so who knows. It was over Catcher in the Rye, for what it's worth.

Best I've got is smiling politely and saying hello to Fred MacAuley outside of one of his gigs.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on August 31, 2021, 09:16:26 PM
Patricia Routledge (Mrs Bucket)
Dominic Monaghan (tricksy little hobbitses)
Anne Reid (Anne Reid)
Bob from Teachers

They filmed part of an episode of Hetty Wainthropp Investigates at our house. It was the episode with a schizophrenic in it, who went missing and went to the seaside.

They were all absolute cunts, and smelt heavily of drink from about 10am onwards.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Bad Ambassador on August 31, 2021, 09:26:37 PM
Got an apology from Mark Kermode at a book signing because of a Radio 1 screening the organisers fucked up. Met William Peter Blatty (author of The Exorcist) at the same signing. Very nice and Californian, and looked like an overweight Des O'Connor.

Once on a way to meeting a friend, I remembered the amusing impression of Russell Tovey he did last time I saw him. As I chuckled to myself, around the corner come Tovey himself.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on August 31, 2021, 09:32:45 PM
I've had a lock in with Jack black. That my friend's is both true and infinitely quotable.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Small Man Big Horse on August 31, 2021, 09:34:38 PM
Quote from: BJBMK2 on August 31, 2021, 06:44:17 PM
Once got Simon Donald (Viz man), to sign one of my annuals. He seemed a bit pissed off at me because I'd never heard of his stand up career. Which is great. So he told me. Even gave me his book for free to PROVE IT, ALRIGHT?

I met him after he'd headlined a local comedy night and he was very friendly and cheery, though that's possibly as I'd mentioned how much I'd enjoyed the set, and how amazed I was that he'd produced Viz at an age where I spent all my time in my bedroom masturbating.

Quote from: Fr.Bigley on August 31, 2021, 09:32:45 PM
I've had a lock in with Jack black. That my friend's is both true and infinitely quotable.

I was in the Burger King in Leicester Square one evening minding my own business when I looked out the window and saw Black being carried in a large throne over the heads of a large crowd that had gathered. It was for the premier of the Tenacious D movie, but I hadn't noticed beforehand what was going on and so was quite surprised to suddenly see him.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: holdover on August 31, 2021, 09:35:18 PM
My wife worked behind the bar at a Edinburgh Fringe venue in the early 00's. Johnny Vegas was a regular and one night sort of broke down (I think reviews had been bad and he seemed really lost). She gave him and hug and let him chat and calmed him a bit.

One night she was treated to some close up magic, one on one, from the only person in the bar - Jerry Sadowitz.

Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: holyzombiejesus on August 31, 2021, 09:43:24 PM
I've told this on here before and I suspect it's the reason the thread was actually started but I went round to Martin Foyle's house once. He talked about horse racing and said Coronation Street was for women. Martin Foyle.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Bumlord on August 31, 2021, 09:50:20 PM
Quote from: holdover on August 31, 2021, 09:35:18 PM

One night she was treated to some close up magic, one on one, from the only person in the bar - Jerry Sadowitz.


Ooh, lucky woman.


That sounds sarcastic but it isn't.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: another Mr. Lizard on August 31, 2021, 09:53:30 PM
Over the past fifteen years or so, I've been lucky to have interviewed many festival guests and hosted q&a sessions. Was due to chat with Joe Dante last year, cancelled due to Covid. Haven't had too many 'Meg Ryan on Parky' incidents - in the main the people I've spoken with have been great to work alongside, most recently Toyah Willcox (just before she and Fripp discovered YouTube). Also interviewed Edith Scob (Eyes Without a Face, Holy Motors) who was really fun, joyous and full of life (though she died a few months later...)

Oddly I've not had too many chance encounters, other than bumping into Jarvis Cocker and Vic Reeves at St Pancras (on separate occasions, not as a double act)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Neomod on August 31, 2021, 10:09:32 PM
At my Rada audition back in't 80's John 'Day of the Triffids' Duttine was on the panel. Got a recall and I should have seen the warning signs. This time the person I faintly recognised was Ann Beach, the neighbour from Fresh Fields.

Got a G&T given to me by Bjork outside Madame Jo Jo's after a night at Club Indigo.

I won't mention Alison Moyet at an Ocean Colour Scene bar-b-q
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Space ghost on August 31, 2021, 10:12:31 PM
I encountered Dexter Fletcher on a deserted beach while I was on lsd.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Kankurette on August 31, 2021, 10:20:06 PM
I met Cerys Matthews after a solo gig in 2006 and managed to not make a twat of myself, despite her being responsible for my bisexual awakening. Her keyboard player gave us crisps. She's very small. I think someone else on here met her and said she was rude and drunk but she was nice when I met her, she signed my ticket even though she had her baby son with her.

Also Tommy Scott from Space is lovely, though he acts like a hyperactive toddler when he's pissed. And I was rude about Prince Philip's hat when I was little. He gave me the evils.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on August 31, 2021, 10:43:38 PM
Feel free to tell us more about your bisexual awakening. Provide pictures and diagrams if necessary.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: chveik on August 31, 2021, 11:01:34 PM
Quote from: Kankurette on August 31, 2021, 10:20:06 PM
And I was rude about Prince Philip's hat when I was little. He gave me the evils.

hope the hat pulls through
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cold Meat Platter on August 31, 2021, 11:05:09 PM
Shook hands with Glen Michael of Cartoon Cavalcade fame at the Bo'ness fair. Not washed it since.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Thomas on August 31, 2021, 11:24:50 PM
Stewart Lee very patient after gigs; I shook his hand too much.

Went to see St. Vincent in concert and noticed two celebs in the balcony seats above. Shortly thereafter they descended, and stood next to us in the crowd. One an American actress, the other a posh model. Thought I caught the posh model side-eyeing me a few times, but decided it was an illusion of my own vanity. After the show my girlfriend said '[posh model] kept looking at you.' Back of the net.

Tommy Tiernan hung around after a stand-up gig, and happily filmed a short cameo for a friend's sketch when asked.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: flotemysost on August 31, 2021, 11:44:28 PM
I've also ran into that Chris Morris a couple of times, once at the theatre and once at an Exctinction Rebellion talk (I'm sure I've mentioned both on here) but again, not sure that counts as an interaction as I didn't actually say anything.

Though I did subtly point him out to my mum, who was with me on the former occasion (she's a fan, but I don't think she recognised him outside of his Day Today/Brass Eye getup), and a bit later my mum excitedly said "Well clearly everyone's out tonight, I just saw Phil Jupitus over there!" and it wasn't him at all, just a slightly chubby bearded bloke.

Quote from: Elderly Sumo Prophecy on August 31, 2021, 10:43:38 PM
Feel free to tell us more about your bisexual awakening. Provide pictures and diagrams if necessary.

Mate.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Uncle TechTip on September 01, 2021, 01:11:00 AM
I shared space with Reginald D Hunter as an equal outside a bar in Soho. I was talking to someone as we smoked cigarettes and they sort of looked across as if to say, take a look at the person who just integrated into our mini smoking group, and I did, and then did a surprised gesture where I jerked my head backwards a small amount. As we all smoked cigarettes, we engaged for a good two minutes. He laughed politely at a banal observation I made about the weather. I laughed at something amusing he said about the weather "here". The details of each are lost to the mists of time. But mainly it was just some people having a fag outside a bar.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Uncle TechTip on September 01, 2021, 01:14:35 AM
Something they say on the Word podcast is that celebrities' heads are always smaller if you meet them close up, does anyone have any data to back this up? It's thought to be something to do with seeing their faces and indeed entire heads in photos and TV performances, it somehow enhances the size compared to when you see them in real life. I queued up to greet Mark Kermode at a reading and he didn't seem as big as he seemed on the telly,
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Bumlord on September 01, 2021, 01:17:26 AM
I literally bumped into Peter Andre once. Tiny little fella.


But quite a big head.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on September 01, 2021, 06:21:44 AM
Quote from: Thomas on August 31, 2021, 11:24:50 PM
Stewart Lee very patient after gigs; I shook his hand too much.


I'm imagining you were acting like that guy in the Banzai game show.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 06:50:14 AM
Quote from: Cold Meat Platter on August 31, 2021, 11:05:09 PM
Shook hands with Glen Michael of Cartoon Cavalcade fame at the Bo'ness fair. Not washed it since.

Well, if we're doing Scottish 70s celebrities Tiger Tim Stevens said hiya to me at an outdoor event he was hosting. I think he was on the way to the toilet or something and we just walked past each other. I was about 11 at the time. And overawed. He wasn't the first famous person who spoke to me though. That was Barbara Knox a couple of years earlier when she was opening something in Carlisle and I somehow ended up 'backstage' and  had to ask her how to get out. Then Ronnie Corbett drove past me when I was on holiday in Fife aged 14.

Haven't seen another celebrity since then though.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Ian Drunken Smurf on September 01, 2021, 06:58:05 AM
Waited frustratedly with Ray Wilkins at the baggage carousel at Edinburgh Airport while I was a student. He gave me an autograph and told me how he hated spending more than waiting for luggage than flying...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 01, 2021, 07:02:42 AM
* Julie Christie enters thread, anxious to tell of the time she nearly copped off with Lisa Jesusandmarychain*
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Neomod on September 01, 2021, 07:23:20 AM
Janet Ellis once stood on my foot at a theaudience gig at the 100 club. Earlier in the week I'd bumped into Sophie E B in Inverness street.

My first shopping trip to Camden Sainsburys back in 93 and I was behind Andrew Ridgeley buying cat/dog food.

BRITPOP!!
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Mollusk on September 01, 2021, 07:32:55 AM
Quote from: Utterdrivel on September 01, 2021, 01:17:26 AM
I literally bumped into Peter Andre once. Tiny little fella.


But quite a big head.

He was staying at the hotel I used to work at about 10-15 years ago whilst filming some show or other about his life. Staff at the hotel he was at before had tweeted about his whereabouts so they had to move him (I was shocked he was supposedly that famous). He lost his room key card so I had to go to the room with a new one. I'm a working class schmuck so I always treat anyone as I'd like to be treated, so I was just like "There you go mate, enjoy the rest of your evening!" "Oh my god I can't believe it's you, it's really you! You're so much more handsome in real life!" and he invited me into his room and I sucked him to completion and swallowed the lot. He was very chipper, thanked me very much and that was that.

The other memorable celeb encounter at that hotel was Derek Acorah, who came in through the front reception, inexplicably sat in the hotel's emergency wheelchair being pushed by two fawning middle-aged women. I was too gobsmacked to say anything but I did suck him to completion and swallowed the lot later in the evening.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: paruses on September 01, 2021, 07:57:47 AM
Quote from: Phoenix Lazarus on September 01, 2021, 06:21:44 AM
I'm imagining you were acting like that guy in the Banzai game show.
Or Jed Maxwell
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: lebowskibukowski on September 01, 2021, 09:01:18 AM
I once sourced a particular white powder for a particular cast member of Peep Show. My guess is that this was not his first similar transaction that evening judging from his facial movements...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 09:12:23 AM
Quote from: Tony Tony Tony on August 31, 2021, 05:48:53 PM
Mentioned this one before, but here goes...

Bumped into Rick Wakeman who offered me use of his spare gloves because I couldn't find mine. In the end I didn't need them as mine turned up.


In the absence of any further explanation I'm going to have to assume that these were murderin' gloves.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Utter Shit on September 01, 2021, 09:14:10 AM
I drunkenly waved at Cilla Black during Ladies' Day at Ascot in 2006. She waved back, which I think is definitive proof that her reputation as an awful woman who steals tables that people have reserved is completely undeserved.

Also met Gus from Eastenders at a club in Watford around the same time. He seemed like a bit of a dick, although he was drunk and so was everyone else, so I wouldn't judge him too harshly based on that one experience.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Utter Shit on September 01, 2021, 09:14:46 AM
Quote from: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 09:12:23 AM
In the absence of any further explanation I'm going to have to assume that these were murderin' gloves.

Any gloves can be murderin' gloves if you've got a positive mindset.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 09:16:01 AM
I once gave Bobby Davro directions to the nearest hairdresser. He asked - I didn't just go over to him because his hair was a right state.

This was early 90s Wolverhampton so I like to think they gave him a faded flat-top with tram lines and eyebrow slits.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 09:22:38 AM
I met John Hegley years ago at a poetry event my work put on. He was very nice.

I was once incredibly rude to Delia Smith whilst hammered and I shudder to think of it.

Stood next to Kevin Schwantz and Kenny Roberts but didn't speak to them and you don't know who they are anyway.

There's another one that I've forgotten and I'll get back to you.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: DrGreggles on September 01, 2021, 09:28:18 AM
It's the summer of 1993, and young Greggles has gone to see the first 'Bottom' live stage show - obviously starring Rik Mayall.

Rik had been my comedy hero since I was about 6 when my Dad let me watch 'The Young Ones', so here I was, over a decade later, with my first chance to see him live - and I was rather excited.

So excited in fact that I had got a train several hours earlier than I needed to (what if there was a delay?!) and had about 3 hours to kill until my mate arrived, so I started wandering around the city centre looking for something to pass the time.

As in pretty much all cities since, I headed towards the market in the hope of there being a record stall and, as I approached, I recognised a man who was buying some fruit.

It was RIK BLOODY MAYALL!

Not wanting to waste this golden opportunity, I walked up to him to tell him how I'd been introduced to his work when I was 6, and how important he was to me, and that he was essentially the reason why I was a comedy fan.

That's what I planned to say anyway...

Instead my voice regressed to a pre-pubescent state, my stutter returned,  and I was only able to utter "Hi Rik, I'm a big fan."

Rik looked at the nervous teenager in front of him, raised an eyebrow, gave (what can only be described as) a Rik Mayall smile, and said "And with good reason!"

I grinned for hours - and still do when I think about it. He'd essentially performed just for me - even though it was only for 5 seconds.

You know when they say "never meet your heroes"? Well, they are wrong.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: SweetPomPom on September 01, 2021, 09:41:13 AM
Fergal Sharkey has squeezed my other half out the way to get to the bar on 2 separate occasions, different places. He is approximately 4'6" and his head is a perfect cube shape.

Helen Mirren used to bring her mum to our restaurant for lunch and was always an absolute sweetheart.



Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: shiftwork2 on September 01, 2021, 09:46:13 AM
^ I think we just knew that Rik had to be a good 'un.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Magnum Valentino on September 01, 2021, 09:48:22 AM
Rik Mayall story is great, thanks for sharing that Doc.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 09:48:30 AM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 09:16:01 AM
I once gave Bobby Davro directions to the nearest hairdresser. He asked - I didn't just go over to him because his hair was a right state.

That's nothing. I once gave Screaming Lord Sutch directions to Sheffield City Hall. Cynthia Payne was with him at the time.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: turnstyle on September 01, 2021, 10:05:44 AM
I made Bob Mortimer laugh once. Wish I could remember what the fuck I'd said now, but knowing me, it was definitely hilarious.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 10:10:24 AM
Yeah lovely Rik Mayall story
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 10:12:41 AM
It is great. As I've said many a time I'm not the world's biggest Rik Mayall fan, but I can really totally imagine him doing that.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Inspector Norse on September 01, 2021, 10:19:08 AM
Met Eagle Eye Cherry at a couple of parties and punched him in the face[nb]accidentally during a game of 5-a-side with mutual acquaintances[/nb].

Received an envelope full of cash from a Swedish ice hockey legend (his daughter attended the school where I worked and it was a contribution to their class party).

Scored a fifty for my village U-17 cricket side under the watchful eye of Shaun Pollock (well he was having a beer on the clubhouse balcony, not sure he actually watched the game). Not sure why he was there - maybe he knew the club pro or something.

Met a bunch of other Swedish slebs at various things but not the type of person who's famous internationally.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Ham Bap on September 01, 2021, 10:27:57 AM
Quote from: DrGreggles on September 01, 2021, 09:28:18 AM
It's the summer of 1993, and young Greggles has gone to see the first 'Bottom' live stage show - obviously starring Rik Mayall.

Rik had been my comedy hero since I was about 6 when my Dad let me watch 'The Young Ones', so here I was, over a decade later, with my first chance to see him live - and I was rather excited.

So excited in fact that I had got a train several hours earlier than I needed to (what if there was a delay?!) and had about 3 hours to kill until my mate arrived, so I started wandering around the city centre looking for something to pass the time.

As in pretty much all cities since, I headed towards the market in the hope of there being a record stall and, as I approached, I recognised a man who was buying some fruit.

It was RIK BLOODY MAYALL!

Not wanting to waste this golden opportunity, I walked up to him to tell him how I'd been introduced to his work when I was 6, and how important he was to me, and that he was essentially the reason why I was a comedy fan.

That's what I planned to say anyway...

Instead my voice regressed to a pre-pubescent state, my stutter returned,  and I was only able to utter "Hi Rik, I'm a big fan."

Rik looked at the nervous teenager in front of him, raised an eyebrow, gave (what can only be described as) a Rik Mayall smile, and said "And with good reason!"

I grinned for hours - and still do when I think about it. He'd essentially performed just for me - even though it was only for 5 seconds.

You know when they say "never meet your heroes"? Well, they are wrong.

Thats a heartwarming story.
Still miss Rik.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Janie Jones on September 01, 2021, 10:35:59 AM
I see a lot of Arsenal and Spurs footballers locally, I don't recognise them as individuals but you can always spot them because of the other-worldly level of fitness, nutrition and grooming they display and their expensive clothes. Then you notice everyone else looking and then you see the £400K car parked on double yellow lines outside the Thai restaurant.

Since lockdown ended, I sat on the next table to Gillian Taylforth in a gastropub. She's had a lot of work done on her face. Her companion had drunk far too much to drive later but still did.

My friend said Carol Vorderman came to his office for a meeting and her arse implants were troubling her, she was hoping to get them adjusted soon.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Norton Canes on September 01, 2021, 10:41:02 AM
Brain Molko, at a goth night at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Didn't really know what to say so just blurted "Thanks for the music!". He replied by singing "Thank You for the music", the line in the Abba song.

Kylie Minogue on Camden market. She was tiny, and wearing a voluminous white parka. Mrs Canes shrieked "It's Kylie!!!" and she ran off.

Went to the legendary 20th anniversary Doctor Who exhibition at Longleat in 1982, queued for like two hours to get to the autograph table and when I did it was in the five minutes between Jon Pertwee leaving and Peter Davison turning up so although I got to meet Sarah Sutton and John Leeson I had to wait another thirty-odd years before meeting an actual Doctor Who when Colin Baker (I know) did a PA at Carnforth station.

(I mean a personal appearance - he wasn't just making announcements over the Tannoy)

Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 10:41:24 AM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 09:48:30 AM
That's nothing. I once gave Screaming Lord Sutch directions to Sheffield City Hall. Cynthia Payne was with him at the time.

Good one. I once handed a miserable-looking Gorden Kaye a dry and unappetising chicken drumstick. He was miserable-looking before I handed him the chicken drumstick, which did nothing to improve his demeanour.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Sonny_Jim on September 01, 2021, 10:46:36 AM
Quote from: paruses on August 31, 2021, 08:38:52 PM
Used to live next door to John Kettley. Really nice man.
What about Michael Fish?

My mate collared Paul Scholfield coming out of the stage door after his Dr Doolittle performance in Bristol and tried to get him to autograph his Gordon the Gopher puppet.   We were rather hoping he'd turn beetroot red and start foaming about how he hated the stupid thing, but he was surprisingly down to earth and very funny amiable about it.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Norton Canes on September 01, 2021, 10:52:03 AM
A few other miscellaneous ones from the years we lived in London in that there the 90's...

Nearly ran over Daniella 'This life' Nardini when she crossed the road in front of me as I was on my bike. Nearly crashed myself cycling through Camden and noticed Douglas Adams about to cross the road. ("Why did Douglas Adams cross the road?" seems like it should have a great punchline.) Liam and Leeroy standing outside our flat (by the Underground station) until I played Firestarter really loud. Shaun Hughes a few times, usually in restaurants. Mark Lamarr lurking in various Islington clubs.

Shall I do my Peter Cook anecdote again?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: holyzombiejesus on September 01, 2021, 10:58:24 AM
Quote from: Norton Canes on September 01, 2021, 10:52:03 AM
Shall I do my Peter Cook anecdote again?

Yes
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: king_tubby on September 01, 2021, 10:58:56 AM
Quote from: Norton Canes on September 01, 2021, 10:41:02 AM
Brain Molko, at a goth night at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Didn't really know what to say so just blurted "Thanks for the music!". He replied by singing "Thank You for the music", the line in the Abba song.

Wonder if that's the same time I saw him at a goth night at the Electric Ballroom in Camden where he slipped and fell in to a puddle of sick, the same puddle of sick my mate had slipped and fallen in to minutes before.

The Rik Mayall story made me cry. Thanks for sharing it, DrG.

I encountered Jimmy Savile in Otley market once. Wearing ultra short shorts and being fawned over by pensioners. Him, not me.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 11:03:58 AM
Oh yeah when I was fifteen i had a Staurday job in a corner shop/general store in Whitstable. They used to deliver to Peter Cushing's house and one day he came in to settle up while I was on the floor pricing up the beans. Can't really remember what he said, and I only vaguely knew who he was at the time, but he was very polite and nice.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Norton Canes on September 01, 2021, 11:13:06 AM
Quote from: holyzombiejesus on September 01, 2021, 10:58:24 AM
Yes

Oh go on then

Perhaps just in bullet point form this time


Sorry, there's no punchline.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on September 01, 2021, 11:13:56 AM
Quote from: Sonny_Jim on September 01, 2021, 10:46:36 AM
My mate collared Paul Scholfield coming out of the stage door after his Dr Doolittle performance in Bristol and tried to get him to autograph his Gordon the Gopher puppet.   
(https://i.imgur.com/OJ9ABIO.png)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on September 01, 2021, 11:14:31 AM
Quote from: Utter Shit on September 01, 2021, 09:14:10 AM
I drunkenly waved at Cilla Black during Ladies' Day at Ascot in 2006. She waved back, which I think is definitive proof that her reputation as an awful woman who steals tables that people have reserved is completely undeserved.

She was a diva because her husband told her to be.  https://streamable.com/s9ixmx
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 11:14:55 AM
Quote from: Sonny_Jim on September 01, 2021, 10:46:36 AM

My mate collared Paul Scholfield coming out of the stage door after his Dr Doolittle performance in Bristol and tried to get him to autograph his Gordon the Gopher puppet. 

Fair play to him for playing along with it but I bet he was a bit miffed to be a world-renowned actor who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Thomas Moore in A Man For All Seasons and to be constantly mistaken for someone who got their break as a children's TV presenter.

Edit. Beaten to it by Echo Valley
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Hobo With A Shit Pun on September 01, 2021, 11:19:48 AM
I was once very, very drunk with a mate and bumped into Mark McDonnell of sketch show Velvet  Soup on the streets of Edinburgh. I  quickly started shouting a terrible review he'd recieved from the Daily  Record at him, but ended my rant "which is absolute SHITE the ignorant CUNTS" (or similar) and he warmed to me considerably. So much so that my mate and his partner had to persuade each of us to carry on with our intended destinations, rather than nipping into a nearer bar together.

I also asked him why he'd sunk to playing the computer in lynda La plante's abysmal Killer Net, but he insisted he hadn't. He was right, and I'd been wrongly imagining that was him for years.

I once spilled a lass's drink in a pub, and before I could offer to replace it (putting my own round down and coming back), Simon Munnery had appeared and got her one. Desperado, as it happens.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 11:22:18 AM
Quote from: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 10:41:24 AM
Good one. I once handed a miserable-looking Gorden Kaye a dry and unappetising chicken drumstick. He was miserable-looking before I handed him the chicken drumstick, which did nothing to improve his demeanour.

The ironic thing about the Sutch/Payne meeting was that they were appearing in a charity show at the venue that night, which I was covering for the paper. Yet, they didn't know me from Adam and it was sheer chance that out of all the people in the city centre that afternoon I should be the one they asked for directions. They were about 200 metres from the place. Obviously come out for a wander around while soundchecking or something and lost their bearings.

I didn't tell them who I was though. If Id' given them a bad review they may have murdered me/shagged me.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Norton Canes on September 01, 2021, 11:23:02 AM
Oh yeah and I used to work at a video editing facility opposite the old MTV building in Camden so we'd often see the musos du jour heading in for interviews. Me and a mate once harangued Edwin Collins from an upper storey window for his excessively pointy shoes. He had no idea where the voices were coming from.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 11:24:58 AM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 11:22:18 AM
I didn't tell them who I was though. If Id' given them a bad review they may have murdered me/shagged me.

Probably both and in that order.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: seepage on September 01, 2021, 11:34:42 AM
Queued behind JoBoxers in the student canteen, confused why they were eating in the student canteen not elsewhere.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 11:35:54 AM
Simon Munnery bought me a pint once - we both had a Kronenberg.

It was at an Edinburgh show that he had taken to the pub over the road so I was just part of the audience, but we both got to the bar at the same time.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on September 01, 2021, 11:52:13 AM
I saw John Simm and David Morrissey hanging around together, a little boy got their autographs and they signed 'The Master' and 'The Doctor' respectively.
I quickly reminded David Morrissey that he didn't actually play The Doctor, his character Jackson Lake had merely absorbed the memories of The Doctor from a Cyberman infostamp.

I walked past Kevin Eldon on a bridge.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 11:53:19 AM
Quote from: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 11:35:54 AM
Simon Munnery bought me a pint once - we both had a Kronenberg.

It was at an Edinburgh show that he had taken to the pub over the road so I was just part of the audience, but we both got to the bar at the same time.

I had a similar experience with Martin Stephenson. Again, I was reviewing the show, but again he could have had no way of knowing that.As far as he was knew I was just a fan who was at the bar next to him. And the last time I saw him he came out into the audience and put his hat on the mate sitting next to me.

(He's also friends with a musical cousin of mine (he's in a bluegrass band), but the only time I interviewed Martin I didn't know that, so never mentioned it. I can confirm however that another cousin on the other side of the family was in the band that became The Men They Couldn't Hang. I checked. All that musical talent in the family and it's totally bypassed me.)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Kankurette on September 01, 2021, 11:54:01 AM
Quote from: DrGreggles on September 01, 2021, 09:28:18 AM
It's the summer of 1993, and young Greggles has gone to see the first 'Bottom' live stage show - obviously starring Rik Mayall.

Rik had been my comedy hero since I was about 6 when my Dad let me watch 'The Young Ones', so here I was, over a decade later, with my first chance to see him live - and I was rather excited.

So excited in fact that I had got a train several hours earlier than I needed to (what if there was a delay?!) and had about 3 hours to kill until my mate arrived, so I started wandering around the city centre looking for something to pass the time.

As in pretty much all cities since, I headed towards the market in the hope of there being a record stall and, as I approached, I recognised a man who was buying some fruit.

It was RIK BLOODY MAYALL!

Not wanting to waste this golden opportunity, I walked up to him to tell him how I'd been introduced to his work when I was 6, and how important he was to me, and that he was essentially the reason why I was a comedy fan.

That's what I planned to say anyway...

Instead my voice regressed to a pre-pubescent state, my stutter returned,  and I was only able to utter "Hi Rik, I'm a big fan."

Rik looked at the nervous teenager in front of him, raised an eyebrow, gave (what can only be described as) a Rik Mayall smile, and said "And with good reason!"

I grinned for hours - and still do when I think about it. He'd essentially performed just for me - even though it was only for 5 seconds.

You know when they say "never meet your heroes"? Well, they are wrong.
Awwww!

I have a mate who met Rik a while back and he also had plenty of good things to say about him.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 01, 2021, 12:08:24 PM
I was once sitting on the upstairs front seat on the 41 bus, and Simon Munnery got on and sat across the aisle from me. He had a pool/snooker cue with him. I also saw him buying toothpaste in Boots in Edinburgh.

I was once in the same group of people meeting in the pub before going to the wrestling as Thom Tuck. We were on nodding acquaintanceship terms after that, but I imagine he forgot about me during lockdown.

I once saw Daley Thompson in the cinema in Nottingham. You know when celebs do that very keeping their heads down low profile trying not to be noticed thing? Well he was the opposite of that, he was being DALEY THOMPSON drawing attention to himself.

I once had a chat with a very drunk Richard Herring[nb]28 minutes past nine in the morning, it was[/nb] in the Pleasance Courtyard, but that's probably true of everyone who's ever been to Edinburgh for the Fringe.

I once saw Super Hans at Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market.

I once stood behind Claire Skinner in a cash machine queue, and she smiled nicely at me after she'd finished.

I once did a wee next to Steve Davis at York races.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 12:09:34 PM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 11:53:19 AM
I had a similar experience with Martin Stephenson. Again, I was reviewing the show, but again he could have had no way of knowing that.As far as he was knew I was just a fan who was at the bar next to him. And the last time I saw him he came out into the audience and put his hat on the mate sitting next to me.

(He's also friends with a musical cousin of mine (he's in a bluegrass band), but the only time I interviewed Martin I didn't know that, so never mentioned it. I can confirm however that another cousin on the other side of the family was in the band that became The Men They Couldn't Hang. I checked. All that musical talent in the family and it's totally bypassed me.)

And just to annoy people on here I'll add that Martin is the true talent to come out of Kitchenware Records. Sod Smartarse McAloon.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: shagatha crustie on September 01, 2021, 12:11:50 PM
Made eye contact with Rick Parfitt sitting outside in a bar somewhere on the Thames.

Annoyed Marc Riley when plastered at an Everything Everything gig.

Saw Bill Nighy walk into Waterstones in Leeds.

Saw Sophie Ellis-Bextor pushing a pram in Waterstones in Chiswick.

My partner saw Thom Yorke in M&S in Oxford (and followed him around, apparently, which I'm sure he loved).

None of these are very interesting or exciting, with possible exception of the Marc Riley one, which makes me cringe too much to relay.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jobotic on September 01, 2021, 12:12:37 PM
I saw Mark Williams rushing across a bridge in London (may have even been London Bridge) in the opposite direction to me, but he wasn't wearing a Birmingham City top and he didn't have a family carrying suitcases with him.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Kankurette on September 01, 2021, 12:18:15 PM
My mum sold Paul Heaton a cake at the Didsbury Festival, and I sat near him in my local veggie cafe once. He was with his wife and kids, so I left him alone.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fambo Number Mive on September 01, 2021, 12:19:24 PM
Saw Neil Kinnock in Waterstones, just before hearing Tony Benn speak.

Saw Tony Benn twice, in London and Brighton.

Got my book signed by Greg Palast.

Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on September 01, 2021, 12:23:18 PM
i was introduced to the singer from franz ferdinand at a warehouse thing a couple years ago. i was really fucked so kept singing mocking versions of his songs back at him

had a chat with thurston moore a lil while ago and he was much nicer than i expected since we were talking about james chance who i'd also recently met

carried stephen o' malley's (sunn 0)))) bags up to his hotel room

there's plenty of other situations but all i can think of rn is russell haswell gurning his teeth off at me
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Kankurette on September 01, 2021, 12:23:39 PM
I shouted "We love you Kevin" at Kevin Pressman when he was goalkeeping coach at Millwall and they were playing Sheffield Wednesday, and he waved to the Wednesday fans as he walked past us. I don't think he heard me though.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 12:26:33 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on September 01, 2021, 12:08:24 PM
I once saw Daley Thompson in the cinema in Nottingham. You know when celebs do that very keeping their heads down low profile trying not to be noticed thing? Well he was the opposite of that, he was being DALEY THOMPSON drawing attention to himself.

I once did a wee next to Steve Davis at York races.

I was once in a traffic jam on the M62 next to El Hadji Diouf. I knew for certain it was him because he had his name in big letters across the car..

I once had a pee next to Bobby Moore. I mentioned this to a workmate once and he said: "So have I!"  Yeah, but I bet he's never had a pee between two members of Pop Will Eat Itself.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: madhair60 on September 01, 2021, 12:30:06 PM
Talked to Stewart Lee about Viz then on another occasion was told by Stewart Lee to fuck off. Noel Edmonds made me cry once but he made up for it, good lad
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: earl_sleek on September 01, 2021, 12:31:41 PM
I was pegged by HRH Princess Anne in Millbrook West car park on the A22. She was resplendent.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Utter Shit on September 01, 2021, 12:33:37 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on September 01, 2021, 12:08:24 PM
I once saw Super Hans at Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market.

Oh that reminds me - he used to live near me in Brighton, I saw him so often that it stopped being notable. It struck me that he must have quite an odd kind of celebrity...famous, arguably even iconic, to a small section of people but unknown to most. Like a cult band, but on a larger scale I guess.

Also saw Steve Coogan a couple of times at Brighton station. He always seemed to be in a rush. I'd have loved to speak to him and tell him how much I love his work, but having seen him put up with so many equally big fans at a book signing (including one gimp that ripped open his shirt to show a Ged Maxwell-style tattoo drawn in pen) I thought it better to just leave him be.

Actually I just remembered, just last week I spent five minutes or so browsing the children's toys section of Tesco next to Brighton captain Lewis Dunk. Another one who wouldn't be recognisable to most people, but is a real legend in Sussex. Very tall. It was quite funny carrying on shopping after he'd gone and seeing so many people that were clearly trying to track him down.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Bad Ambassador on September 01, 2021, 12:38:16 PM
Saw Bill Nighy getting into a cab in Fitzrovia.

Cycled past Matthew Fox and William Hurt having a late-night drink outside a bar in Covent Garden.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 01, 2021, 12:41:01 PM
Not me but my other half Voltana (Woman of Steel) once did the washing up with Simon Le Bon.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: turnstyle on September 01, 2021, 01:15:47 PM
Back in the days of working in an office (remember that, and space hoppers, eh, what wereallthatabout???), I used to regularly see David Mitchell strolling through Regents Park with purpose. He always looked like a man who absolutely did not want to be recognised. I respected those wishes as I am a man of honour (and a coward).

Once saw Dale Winton buying a sandwich in a Tesco Express. Though I noticed he didn't opt for the meal deal. Telly work clearly pays well. He could have had crisps and a pop for just a few pence more!!
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: PlanktonSideburns on September 01, 2021, 01:19:36 PM
What did you say to Delilah Smith
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Ed Sholda-Sneezuntows on September 01, 2021, 01:22:50 PM
I had a Saturday job in Sainsbury's in the mid 80s. Benny Hill would come in most weeks, but the manager had warned us not to bother him, adding that he was a miserable old bastard. Benny's arrival in store and progress through the aisles was signaled by more and more of the staff, mostly students, humming the 'chased round the park by some nurses' music at half speed.
We found it hilarious. He didn't.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 01, 2021, 01:39:35 PM
Quote from: turnstyle on September 01, 2021, 01:15:47 PM
Once saw Dale Winton buying a sandwich in a Tesco Express. Though I noticed he didn't opt for the meal deal. Telly work clearly pays well. He could have had crisps and a pop for just a few pence more!!

I once saw him looking uncomfortable with the crowds outside Old Trafford before Manchester United v Blackburn, around the time that there were rumours of him being in a relationship with [name of contemporary Blackburn manager removed on legal advice].
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Bigfella on September 01, 2021, 02:22:57 PM
Quote from: Kankurette on August 31, 2021, 10:20:06 PM
I met Cerys Matthews after a solo gig in 2006 and managed to not make a twat of myself, despite her being responsible for my bisexual awakening. Her keyboard player gave us crisps. She's very small. I think someone else on here met her and said she was rude and drunk but she was nice when I met her, she signed my ticket even though she had her baby son with her.

Also Tommy Scott from Space is lovely, though he acts like a hyperactive toddler when he's pissed. And I was rude about Prince Philip's hat when I was little. He gave me the evils.
Guy I know and his mate at a festival in France. After drinking for 36 hours they were in and out the jail, lost their shoes and their socks were caked in dogshite.  They walked up to Cerys being interviewed by the Bravo channel and thrust their shitty socks towards her.  Not broadcast, I hope.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: monkfromhavana on September 01, 2021, 02:24:17 PM
Roger Cook throwing us in our car a dirty look as he emerged from a pub as the barman (the brother of my mate in the driver's seat of the car) informed him that food service was finished. Roger Cook asked for a sandwich. My mate's brother declined that as well.

Exchanged a few words with Bill Drummond last week. He looked at me askance when I looked like I was walking off with his book I had just bought but I'd forgotten to give him the tenner.

I used to teach a Polish footballer's girlfriend.

My mate's ex-wife was on an episode of "Faking It". She wasn't the faker but the experts thought that she was.

Waved like a mad bastard at Peter Ndlovu when he pulled up next to us at the lights.

Lead singer of Electric 6 / rave legend Luna-C at events.

I went to school with Pete Doherty (apparently) but have no recollection of him whatsoever.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Brundle-Fly on September 01, 2021, 02:50:25 PM
And finally, Esther, boss-eyed baboon, Cyril Fletcher from That's Life opened a fete at my primary school in 1976. I stood near him when he recited an ode about my school.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on September 01, 2021, 02:57:16 PM
Saw Theo Paphitis holding court at a table in Westfield Marks and Spencer cafe
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Auntie Beryl on September 01, 2021, 03:07:44 PM
Was once in the same pub in Kensal Rise as Billie Piper breastfeeding her then-baby. Then-husband L Fox was also present. I took care not to gawp at either tit.

I sold a CD of Joni Mitchell's Blue to Martin Gore out of Depeche Mode, who had a Coutts & Co bank card. As this was in an 1990s indie record shop I pretended not to know who he was, he came back a few times after that as he lived locally.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Crumb on September 01, 2021, 03:17:10 PM
Alan Davies and friends came into my local snooker club one evening and were shouty and annoying.

Michael Caine was a miserable cunt when my friend asked for a photo. It seemed a bit more rich given it was next to a public filming area for something he was in, with one of those 'by being in this area we own your image for all eternity' notices.

Heston Blumenthal was a bit in front of me at the immigration queue returning to Gatwick. Chickened out of asking him to sign the chorizo I'd brought back from Spain.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: seepage on September 01, 2021, 03:30:58 PM
If we're including just spots as well as interactions:

Spotted Nish Kumar having a browse in And Other Stories - rock n roll!

Stood with my back to Heston Blumenthal in the Marquis [I think] pub while he chatted to a group of young people. Sounded like he was interviewing them for something.

At John Martyn gigs, a friend always used to try to get a table in the bar close to where John was sat e.g. the Shaw Theatre.     
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: robhug on September 01, 2021, 03:44:41 PM
As a student in 90's Cardiff, I used to regularly pass Flying Pickets megastar Brian Hibbard on and around Albany Road, often enough to literally be on nodding terms with the great man.

Dead now.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 01, 2021, 04:59:23 PM
Met Matt Allwright once in Dudley High Street, I'd just finished work and I'd bumped into his mates and he was either angry or annoyed that I'd interrupted his party so started chasing me shouting things like " lives irreparably damaged" and "her life savings gone" etc. I never found out what he was on about, I just assumed he was going through a messy time in his life.

I remember the dates really well because it was the same time I  was done for VAT fraud. 
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Gurke and Hare on September 01, 2021, 04:59:51 PM
I served both Gary and Phil Neville in the betting shop I worked in. They were betting on football too, but it was before the days when that wasn't allowed. They weren't backing United's opponents anyway, just lower league stuff they had no influence on.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Pancake on September 01, 2021, 05:03:18 PM
'Met' loads of people while working at HMV, including a little lad you might have heard of called CHRIS MORRIS
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Pancake on September 01, 2021, 05:04:12 PM
Although I'm assuming by meet you mean having a brief rapport with in an unexpected environment, precluding things like signing sessions and serving people in shops
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Pancake on September 01, 2021, 05:06:10 PM
Saw the singer off The Wombats on hackney road and resisted the urge to shove him
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Chollis on September 01, 2021, 05:18:03 PM
Stood behind Jamie Carragher in Lime Street M&S queue

thats all i got
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: holdover on September 01, 2021, 05:45:37 PM
Peaches out of Peaches once ricocheted her face off my crotch at a the Bongo Club in Edinburgh. I was dancing near her when she wrapped her legs round a friend of hers and was being spun round. She was quite apologetic.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 05:49:12 PM
Quote from: Echo Valley 2-6809 on September 01, 2021, 11:14:31 AM
She was a diva because her husband told her to be.  https://streamable.com/s9ixmx

As my paper once called him, Bobbly Willis.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 05:51:28 PM
Quote from: Auntie Beryl on September 01, 2021, 03:07:44 PM
Was once in the same pub in Kensal Rise as Billie Piper breastfeeding her then-baby. Then-husband L Fox was also present. I took care not to gawp at either tit..

If we're talking really tenuous, I know someone who used to babysit Billie Piper. He was friends with her parents in Swindon.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: studpuppet on September 01, 2021, 05:51:49 PM
My celeb encounters as follows:

1. Aged about 12 my family was invited to Christmas drinks at our neighbours, and the husband's brother was Keith Field, the guitar player from 'I've Got A Handful Of Songs To Sing You' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JSh10gyy6s). Considering how old I was, that was big...

2. Aged 19 I had my Visa Electron card refused at Vinyl Experience in Camden by Stevie Mack from That Petrol Emotion[nb]Still not sure why he was serving behind the counter as TPE were pretty big (at least in indie circles).[/nb], with the immortal words, "No dice..."

2. Worked at Hatchards Bookshop in Piccadilly, and had quite a few but the two that stick out were Bowie[nb]He'd come to a Robertson Davies book signing, and waited in the armchair in my department until the queue died down, before going over like a regular punter and having a talk with the author under the pretence of getting his book signed.[/nb], and the Duchess Of Kent.[nb]She paid by cheque, and after she gone I discovered she'd left her solid gold fountain pen on the counter - there was a split-second's temptation...[/nb]

3. Worked in Blackwell's Bookshop on Charing Cross Road, and had diverse encounters with Michael Foot (glasses covered in food remnants) and David Irving (constantly came in trying to get unsuspecting new members of staff to take his books into stock). But my favourite was the actress that plays the partner in the Prudential ad with Mark Williams ("We wanna be together!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9DIDMeOJlY)), who came in to ask whether we had a children's book about a mole who 'gets pooed[nb]She may have said 'shat'.[/nb] on'. In a bookseller's dream move, I reached under the counter and pulled out the exact book she was looking for (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Little_Mole_Who_Knew_It_Was_None_of_His_Business).

4. I now work in publishing where I've glad-handed people like Usain Bolt and 'Dave' Attenborough, but my highlight was going to the London premiere of the third Lord Of The Rings film. The star presence was so low-wattage by that film that I walked in with Ally McCoist, but at the after-party I had a conversation with Philip Sallon, who was wearing a toga and laurel wreath on his head.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: badaids on September 01, 2021, 05:52:45 PM
I saw Noel Gallagher in the M&S in Amersham once buying one of the posh turkey and cranberry sandwiches, the one with THREE triangle sandwiches in.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: studpuppet on September 01, 2021, 05:58:18 PM
Quote from: badaids on September 01, 2021, 05:52:45 PM
I saw Noel Gallagher in the M&S in Amersham once buying one of the posh turkey and cranberry sandwiches, the one with THREE triangle sandwiches in.

Imagine - the other halves of those three sandwiches will have gone into a different pack and been eaten by a mere mortal...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on September 01, 2021, 06:27:58 PM
Quote from: studpuppet on September 01, 2021, 05:51:49 PM
But my favourite was the actress that plays the partner in the Prudential ad with Mark Williams ("We wanna be together!" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9DIDMeOJlY)), who came in to ask whether we had a children's book about a mole who 'gets pooed[nb]She may have said 'shat'.[/nb] on'. In a bookseller's dream move, I reached under the counter and pulled out the exact book she was looking for (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_the_Little_Mole_Who_Knew_It_Was_None_of_His_Business).

Now a literary agent and married in real life to... I've just thought, you're probably joking, aren't you?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: pigamus on September 01, 2021, 06:37:59 PM
Angel Islington, 2002. Outside the tube station. I'm saying goodbye to my ex-fiancée, having fucked up our relationship quite spectacularly. I'm in tears, obviously. I know I'm never going to see her again. It's by far and away the worst day of my life.

And then I glance to my right, and standing just a few feet away from us is Helen Lederer.

What else could I say? "Do you know who Helen Lederer is?"

She did. And then she had to carry on listening to my blubbery gnashing and wailing and I'm-so-sorrying whilst pretending not to look at Helen Lederer.   
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: WhoMe on September 01, 2021, 06:38:30 PM
10 years ago I worked at the Fringe as a sound/lighting techie and flyerer for a few acts on our roster, so this is mainly from that time:
David O'Doherty was prob our biggest act, he was great. Would come out to chat and help flyer/entice passing trade before shows. Didn't have to as he sold well anyway. We drank with him in the pleasance courtyard one night, either because it was his birthday or the end of the run. Can't remember.
Mate and I somehow got into drunk, mildly flirty conversation with Paul Sinha as we exited the gents at the Gilded Balloon.
Same mate got grinded on by Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mum) who was completely hammered. Her assistant bundled her out of the party after that. We still talk about it and convince ourselves it did actually happen.
One of the guys I tech'd for knew Jim Jefferies well. Got introduced to him after one of our acts' shows when he came over to chat during the post-show debrief/counselling session.
In one of the staff/act bars John Bishop appeared on my right while I was getting drinks. I mustered a 'how're you finding the festival... ah, that's good cheers' before leaving.
Loads of great memories from working there. Didn't bring a penny home but that wasn't the point really.

Non-Fringe related - Sean Hughes came for xmas dinner at my aunts' house a long time ago. Didn't know who he was at the time but he was very affable. I wasn't old enough to chat to him meaningfully. Knowing about him now makes that day a lot sadder.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jack Shaftoe on September 01, 2021, 07:05:47 PM
Used to run events in a big bookshop, close-ish to London so we could get big name authors in fairly easily.

JK Rowling: lovely but slightly haunted. She was great with the kids who'd turned up but this was for the third book, so she was on the brink of being mega-famous and you got the sense she knew she couldn't do this sort of thing for much longer. 

Bernard Cornwall (Bloke who does the Sharpe books). Nicest man ever.

Ruth Rendell (awesome crime writer): frosty and horrid. She's dead now.

Will Self: bit snippy and sniggery

Neil Gaiman: delightful

Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: chveik on September 01, 2021, 07:29:11 PM
Quote from: GoblinAhFuckScary on September 01, 2021, 12:23:18 PM
i was introduced to the singer from franz ferdinand at a warehouse thing a couple years ago. i was really fucked so kept singing mocking versions of his songs back at him

lovely stuff
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 01, 2021, 08:30:09 PM
Quote from: chveik on September 01, 2021, 07:29:11 PM
lovely stuff

Imagine he was pleased someone knew more than one. I can only pull up a little guitar fill (or bridge or whatever)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: GoblinAhFuckScary on September 01, 2021, 08:45:48 PM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 01, 2021, 08:30:09 PM
Imagine he was pleased someone knew more than one. I can only pull up a little guitar fill (or bridge or whatever)

i mean it was largely me slurring like AAHHhh sYAYy DONTCHA KNOWWWwwW
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Ian Drunken Smurf on September 01, 2021, 08:49:45 PM
Quote from: WhoMe on September 01, 2021, 06:38:30 PM
Same mate got grinded on by Jennifer Coolidge (Stifler's mum) who was completely hammered. Her assistant bundled her out of the party after that. We still talk about it and convince ourselves it did actually happen.

Sister and friends met her and said she was utterly hammered when they met her.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on September 01, 2021, 09:54:27 PM
Was in a cafe in Partick and Limmy and his missus came in and sat at the next table. Limmy went over to look at the chill cabinet with all the desserts and fancy gateaux in it, and I had to fight the urge to attempt a recreation of that sketch where the waiter brings two spoons and does a bit of 'how naughty to eat some of your partner's dessert'-type mugging, and then they all dance to 'In the Night' by the Pet Shop Boys. But I didn't (the Pet Shop Boys weren't there).

Also saw Alexei Sayle having a coffee in a pavement cafe in That London, but I assume everyone is mingling with celebs constantly in That London.

Ed Byrne once bought me a bottle of beer.

Apart from that mostly just football people - Gordon Strachan, Kenny Dalglish, Henrik Larsson walking his dog (I think it was called Simba - not very original).
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 01, 2021, 10:16:54 PM
sami hyypia gave me a death stare as I was sat adjacent to him on a flight to Manchester from Helsinki, later found out it was his testimonial match next day, I must have reminded him of Roy Keane or summat.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Tony Tony Tony on September 01, 2021, 10:18:24 PM
Whilst in the queue for a flight back from Hong Kong (business class, it was taxpayers money after all) my attention was drawn to a vision of loveliness ahead of me and moreover her male companion. Couldn't place him at first then recognised him as ex footie player and currently god botherer David Icke.

Knew then that my flight was going to make it safely home. 

Also on a related note sat in a seat on a Lufthansa flight back from Munich and the seat bore a small plaque saying His Holiness the Pope (the Nazi one) had seated in that very spot.

Again knew then etc....
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 10:46:33 PM
Bob Wilson sat behind me on a flight from London to Manchester once.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Tony Tony Tony on September 01, 2021, 10:58:28 PM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 10:46:33 PM
Bob Wilson sat behind me on a flight from London to Manchester once.

Did he drop his in flight meal?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: finnquark on September 01, 2021, 11:13:13 PM
I was Aloe Blacc's security detail, for one night only.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: jamiefairlie on September 01, 2021, 11:23:47 PM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 10:46:33 PM
Bob Wilson sat behind me on a flight from London to Manchester once.

One of HMHB's best.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on September 01, 2021, 11:36:17 PM
Quote from: Chollis on September 01, 2021, 05:18:03 PM
Stood behind Jamie Carragher in Lime Street M&S queue

Could have been a lookalike - I know someone who met the spit of him.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cuntbeaks on September 01, 2021, 11:42:18 PM
1990, sold Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue fame the cheapest fridge we had. I warned him it sounded like a electrical sub station when it was on. He said he didn't care, it was for a tenant of his. He also looked like a vagrant.

1994, sat close to Jon Pertwee in a Chinese restaurant in Derby. He winked at my Mrs. He wasn't holding back on the bevvy.

2014, saw Sadowitz haggling over a bundle of second hand CDs and DVDs in Missing Records on Argyle St. Held the door for him as he left, bottled out of being a fanboy.

2017, saw Billy Connolly being stopped every 10 yards by well wishers on Bath St in Glasgow. Was going to cross over and join in, but didn't bother.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: non capisco on September 01, 2021, 11:47:27 PM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on September 01, 2021, 11:42:18 PM
1990, sold Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue fame the cheapest fridge we had. I warned him it sounded like a electrical sub station when it was on. He said he didn't care, it was for a tenant of his. He also looked like a vagrant.

Real Gone Cunt, more like.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: bigfatheart on September 02, 2021, 07:02:54 AM
As a kid (about 8) my Mum and I queued behind Simon Day in the Derby branch of Marks & Spencer. He was buying a salad. The Fast Show was pretty much the only grown up show I watched so it was mind-blowing that one of them had appeared out of my television set and was now in Derby.

In my teens, while coming back from a family wedding in Ireland I shared a plane with Discharge. When my sister told my Mum who they were, her response was "I could tell you all about discharge".

I also saw Justin Lee Collins in a branch of Zavvi, not that long after his harassment trial. He cut a fairly low-key figure, but all the same I played it safe and didn't go near any George Clooney DVDs.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Sonny_Jim on September 02, 2021, 07:27:59 AM
Quote from: Echo Valley 2-6809 on September 01, 2021, 11:13:56 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/OJ9ABIO.png)
Arse.  I do this all the time.  For example, once I asked a DJ to play 'Everybody loves the sunshine' by Ray Mears.

EDIT:  Oh and whilst I'm at it, I was drunk at a pinball convention[nb]Yes, these things exist.  Go to one, they're great[/nb]., yabbering on about Tempest to some random guy, who politely informed me that I was talking to none other than Jeff Minter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Minter).  Old school game designer who wrote Tempest 2000.  Is this the most niche answer in this thread?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: xxxx xxx x xxx on September 02, 2021, 07:53:25 AM
Quote from: Jockice on September 01, 2021, 12:26:33 PM

I once had a pee next to Bobby Moore. I mentioned this to a workmate once and he said: "So have I!"  Yeah, but I bet he's never had a pee between two members of Pop Will Eat Itself.


Well I once peed next to Jon Langford at the Bradford 1 in 12 Club.  He was hung like a donkey, believe you me.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 02, 2021, 08:50:58 AM
Quote from: xxxx xxx x xxx on September 02, 2021, 07:53:25 AM
Well I once peed next to Jon Langford at the Bradford 1 in 12 Club.  He was hung like a donkey, believe you me.

I very narrowly missed having a pee next to Gordon Banks once too. He finished at the urinal about 30 seconds before I got there. I was planning to try and do the whole England 66 team, which is pretty ironic for a Scot.

Also, when Celtic played Manchester United at Old Trafford a few years ago a mate of mine managed to get a pair of tickets to be picked up on the night. He went to fetch them while I stood alone in this little alcove thing at the side of the ground. And who should walk past while I was there? Only Bobby Charlton. Of course by the time my friend returned - after about a minute - Bobby was nowhere to be seen. So he didn't believe me. I found it hard to believe myself. Not Charlton being at OT, just the timing of the whole thing.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Pancake on September 02, 2021, 10:04:07 AM
Saw Paul Daniels and the wonderful Debbie McGee in Heathrow in the 90s, you could hear his cuban heals clip clopping a mile off
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: lebowskibukowski on September 02, 2021, 11:14:23 AM
Once had a piss next to Paddy Ashdown in the Metroploe hotel in Brighton.
Saw Kevin Bacon having a pint in a shitty little pub in Lewes.
Recently sold Dean Lennox Kelly some LED lamps.
That's about it...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Psybro on September 02, 2021, 01:31:03 PM
I shook Olé Gunner Solskjaer's hand leaving a Raconteurs gig in Manchester in 2006. The support act was 'Norway's top live band' BigBang so I think he'd come to see them. He seemed nice.

David Guest once showed up at the Royston Beer Festival for some unfathomable reason.

Whatever The Troggs now consist of were sat behind me on a flight from Frankfurt to Manchester.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Mr Farenheit on September 02, 2021, 04:29:09 PM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on September 01, 2021, 11:42:18 PM
1990, sold Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue fame the cheapest fridge we had. I warned him it sounded like a electrical sub station when it was on. He said he didn't care, it was for a tenant of his.


A fridge called Dig-ni-ty
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Rizla on September 02, 2021, 05:24:53 PM
Quote from: Hobo With A Shit Pun on September 01, 2021, 11:19:48 AM
I was once very, very drunk with a mate and bumped into Mark McDonnell of sketch show Velvet  Soup on the streets of Edinburgh...
A mate of mine did some writing for that show - he definitely wrote the y-fronts sketch, possiblythe scottish bookcase (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRRkjH1f_6U) too - but if memory serves he'd also previously written a stage show for McDonnel and Steven McNicholl, and one of the sketches in this was a very funny Laurel & Hardy-esque routine involving strobe lighting to create a flickery old-movie effect, and the joke was always that the two would, in the course of performing some innocuous activity, end up looking like they were engaging in a sex act. It was this routine that the two actors went on to create a fringe show from, without crediting my writer friend. A short time after all this, I bumped into McDonnell in the Bongo Club at chucking out time, and did some of the sketch show's catchphrases at him ("why I oughta!!" I seem to remember) and he looked terrified. "How do you know that?" he asked, incredulously. "I'm a friend of (X)'s, he's not happy about your fringe show by the way!" I laughed.

I wonder who got the charger.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Oh, Nobody on September 02, 2021, 10:53:47 PM
Early 90s: Dinner break at school and there's a new furniture shop opposite the chippy being opened by none other than Question Of Sport stalwart Emlyn Hughes. Bunch of kids go over for autographs, I go walong cuz it's either that or head back to school. Everybody gets their autographs then Emlyn turns to me and says "Do you want one too, lad?"  "Nah you're alright"

Early 2000s: In That There London for college end of year show, me and a bunch of other, older, kids emerge from some underground station or other to see Jon from S Club 7 getting out of a taxi. One girl practically has a meltdown at being so close to one so famous. Autographs are grabbed, photos are taken. Then Jon turns to me and says ""Autograph?"  "Nah you're alright"

2004 or so, got chatted up by Cathy Davey after a gig "Nah you're alright" but turned her down as I didn't want to miss my last bus. What a lad.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: rectorofstiffkey on September 02, 2021, 11:47:25 PM
Quote from: lebowskibukowski on September 01, 2021, 09:01:18 AM
I once sourced a particular white powder for a particular cast member of Peep Show. My guess is that this was not his first similar transaction that evening judging from his facial movements...

I'm amusing myself by imagining that you're talking about David Mitchell.  Appreciate that this is very unlikely.

Was this the true purpose of Gerard's nose tube?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jittlebags on September 03, 2021, 12:37:48 AM
The entire Wales team at the departure lounge in Bologna in the 90s at some point. I remember Speed, Hughes and Southall being there - Speed was carrying an acoustic guitar, Hughes signed my mate's Inspector Morse book. Bobby Gould was skulking in the corner prior to his sacking to be replaced by joint managers Hughes and Southall for the next game which I think was against Denmark. I remember Southall looking dapper on the touchline in a black suit for that one.

Oh, and we flew back on the same plane as the team, them being behind the curtain forward in first class. Ex Wales goalie Dai Davies sat behind me though.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Shaky on September 03, 2021, 01:26:44 AM
Quote from: Oh, Nobody on September 02, 2021, 10:53:47 PM
2004 or so, got chatted up by Cathy Davey after a gig "Nah you're alright" but turned her down as I didn't want to miss my last bus. What a lad.
.

I've just googled her - you silly, silly IDIOT! She might've driven you home, at the very least.

During a family holiday in Portugal we walked past an out and about Martina Navratilova. I was also present in the same uni pub as Tony Slattery and Stephen Fry when they were each up for Rector (on separate occasions). Slattery was extremely manic and clearly not a well man. I didn't bother Fry but he seemed very at ease and friendly.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lord Mandrake on September 03, 2021, 11:23:40 AM
John Cleese in a Fulham pet shop 1980's.
Lived 4 doors down from Rick Mayall, Oxford Gardens,  Ladbroke grove late 90's. Damon Albarn, Chaka Khan and Martin Clunes (separately) came to the bar where I was resident dj, portobello late 90's.
Paul Weller, Bill Bailey,  Jarvis Cocker all seen regularly. Richard Osman seen a few times, Goldhawk Road. Rob Brydon, Marble Arch. Gina Yashere came to a wedding I was playing music at. Simon Pegg on the tube late 90's. Lennox Lewis, Chris Evan and a Bee Gee I met on the bar at TFI Friday. Mr Scruff, Fabio & Grooverider, Jumping Jack Frost...Goldie, loads of times.. Kate Moss in a chip shop.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 03, 2021, 11:53:52 AM
Ooh, the mention of Goldie above reminds me I once had a shower with his brother. But he's not a celebrity so...

Anyway he asked to borrow some shower gel and offered me some deodorant spray in return. He was wearing an electronic tag around his ankle. Top anecdote.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Pancake on September 03, 2021, 12:03:34 PM
Walked past Nigella Lawson once, she was really short but had a lovely big bum to compensate
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cuntbeaks on September 03, 2021, 01:58:40 PM
2004, on an educational trip to Fuerteventura with work. Outside a touristy strip walking back to our coach and we see flavour of the month Corrie star Dev, Jimmi Harkishin, who had just been caught shoplifting IRL. He must have been out there on gardening leave.

Anyway, he was terse and unfriendly with the well wishers among us and positively livid with those who suggested he had just shoplifted the contents of his placcy bags.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: monkfromhavana on September 03, 2021, 02:26:13 PM
My brother has really just upped the stakes for this. After many minutes of thinking he reeled off the following:

His mates band played at Glastonbury (after said mate had left the band)
Mike Yarwood's daughter
A location manager on The Bill

Top that!
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lord Mandrake on September 03, 2021, 03:03:24 PM
Steve Mcfadden in 333 Old St. Absolute state, think he was removed. Keira Knightly at some Chelsea ponce club. The cat guy off Red Dwarf was a known crackhead around W10 for a while.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Ham Bap on September 03, 2021, 03:19:07 PM
Alan Hansen (in Manchester airport)
Ken Dodd (book signing in Liverpool)
Tinhead from Brookside (in a nightclub)
Dara O'Briain (in Boots the chemist)
Abel Xavier (getting his hair cut)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: dr beat on September 03, 2021, 03:22:55 PM
Tinhead and Him Who Plays Tony In Hollyoaks used to work out together in the gym I went to in Speke back in 2003.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Famous Mortimer on September 03, 2021, 03:43:22 PM
My mate called me a while ago and said "who's that bloke off that show?" and after a few minutes we worked out it was Simon Day. He was learning to ride a horse at some place near our old town, and my mate pursued him through the car park to get him to sign a thing for me.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: mr. logic on September 03, 2021, 05:37:41 PM
I inexplicably now work with a fairly well known british character actor who has slept with Donna Air and was once called in to mediate a writing dispute between Irvine Welsh and forum favourite Graham Linehan, on a project that was swiftly abandoned due to 'differences'
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: dissolute ocelot on September 03, 2021, 08:08:42 PM
I once told the drummer of an up-and-coming Edinburgh band "I like cardboard boxes" after one of their gigs.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 07:24:49 AM
Here's a recent one that may impress the likes of The Science Eel, but may leave most of you feeling none too whelmed  ( it's not quite on a par with me getting tantalizingly close to copping off with Julie Christie):
Yesterday on The Fall forum, a post made goodly  mention of top single " China Doll" by The Weeds ( In- Tape Records, 1986), featuring the drumming talents of Simon Wolstencroft, who went on to be The Fall's drummer on many of their classic albums ( and one or two crap ones) for the following 11 years. When I posted in saying how I'd bought this single at time of purchase, and what a great bunch of singles it was, and was surprised to see matey boy on drums crop up on the back of " Bend Sinister" a month later, I garnered a " like" within a minute; and, the boys and girls of CaB, who do you think the " like"was from? Why, none other than Julie Christie , writing in to say " Nice one, Lisa, sorry for not shagging you all those years ago, but at least I bought you a pint, eh?" The lad himself, Funky Si ! When I responded with a " Coo, fancy that" type post, he only goes and gives me another " like", doesn't he?
Quite pleased with that, I was.
I never fancied Julie Christie all that much, anyways.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: willbo on September 04, 2021, 07:36:25 AM
I saw Jesse Eisenberg in the south (near Horsham). I was staring at him trying to remember where I knew him from - I have some relatives living round there, some cousins with dark curly hair like his, and I was sure he must be one of my cousins or something. He gave me this angry stare and mouthed something like "what huh?" and I just looked away apologetically. I had a Spider-Man t-shirt on as well, so I must have looked a right nerd. I haven't even seen any of his film other than "Adventureland" - I haven't even seen that Facebook film he was in.

JR Jim Ross (WWE announcer) yelled at me to get him a stronger coffee when I was working at a place he was doing an appearance in.

I helped a man I believe was Ben Kingsley find his correct train (also in Horsham).

Was once on a train sat between Alan Moore (the graphic novel author) and the guy with facial tumors from "un-datables"
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 04, 2021, 10:59:43 AM
Quote from: Cuntbeaks on September 03, 2021, 01:58:40 PM
2004, on an educational trip to Fuerteventura with work. Outside a touristy strip walking back to our coach and we see flavour of the month Corrie star Dev, Jimmi Harkishin, who had just been caught shoplifting IRL. He must have been out there on gardening leave.

Anyway, he was terse and unfriendly with the well wishers among us and positively livid with those who suggested he had just shoplifted the contents of his placcy bags.

I was on a press trip to Budapest circa 2004 and saw Lord Falconer with some others being shown round the same historic building as we were. We didn't speak to each other though.

One of the other journos on that trip was an Irish bloke who made several references to his 'mad ex-girlfriend' and then showed us a picture of her. It was Sinead O'Connor. Also, there was a female hack on the trip who had the same initial and surname as me and even on the flight out they had us down as a married couple.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on September 04, 2021, 11:10:39 AM
Quote from: madhair60 on September 01, 2021, 12:30:06 PM
Noel Edmonds made me cry once

When he relented from suicide?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 11:18:32 AM
I was in the same bar as top Christine Hamilton lookalike and actor David Warner in Vilnius, Lithuania in 2002, circa the world cup . Indeed, a world cup footballing match was being played, Scotland versus someone or other, and although I recognised yer man, I manfully resisted running up to him squealing " David! David! I loved you in " Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment", and I also love the fact that you appear to have had exactly the same haircut all your adult life!". Alas, a somewhat refreshed Scottish gentleman couldnae resist approaching him, having a bit of a chat, then shouting to the whole bar " DAVID WARNER WILL NOW DO THE DANCE TO 'THE BIRDIE SONG'", then performing an accapella rendition of that very song. David Warner did not do the dance to the Birdie Song, but fucked off out of the bar shortly thereafter. Poor feller only wanted to watch the footy.

Was also in the same bar as Terry Wogan in Kiev, Ukraine ( Eurovision Song Contest time).

Also told the tale on 'ere before about how I approached someone who I believed to be a friend of mine at the bar after a Fall gig in Cricklewood, circa Sept.2006 , someone I'd worked with many years previously who bore quite the resemblance to Emma Anderson out of Lush, with a cheery " Alright, Missus, not seen you for a while". She looked perplexed and asked " Do I know you?". Of course, it actually was the former guitarist with that ethereal bunch herself wasn't it? After the initial confusion,  had a right nice chat with her, and we became firm Facebook friends thereafter ( until she fucked off from there). I still get a card from her every Christmas.[nb]of course I fucking don't.[/nb]
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: willbo on September 04, 2021, 11:26:11 AM
In Summer 2010 I was on holiday in the Yorkshire town of Skipton, we were wandering around the grounds of Skipton Castle, and there was an open air Shakespeare play - The Tempest - being performed - I think it was free, they were just performing for the public on the grass, although they all had real costumes on and stuff, so I'm not sure how it was funded. I was sure the father was being played by David Warner. But there was nothing on the poster or flyers mentioning him, and I've since googled the performance and found no mention of him or any actors names, just the name of the group.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 11:27:48 AM
Was the father actually being played by Christine Hamilton, then?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 04, 2021, 11:30:54 AM
Quote from: willbo on September 04, 2021, 07:36:25 AM
I saw Jesse Eisenberg in the south (near Horsham). I was staring at him trying to remember where I knew him from -

Arrested Development
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: willbo on September 04, 2021, 11:32:17 AM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 04, 2021, 11:30:54 AM
Arrested Development

yes, that is the reason I have sucky social skills around celebs...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 11:33:11 AM
Quote from: Dex Sawash on September 04, 2021, 11:30:54 AM
Arrested Development
....or even the very feller for whom this forum was originally set up ( but younger, and without birthmark)

Ah, I do like a good lookalike.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: the science eel on September 04, 2021, 11:34:15 AM
Quote from: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 07:24:49 AM
Here's a recent one that may impress the likes of The Science Eel, but may leave most of you feeling none too whelmed  ( it's not quite on a par with me getting tantalizingly close to copping off with Julie Christie):
Yesterday on The Fall forum, a post made goodly  mention of top single " China Doll" by The Weeds ( In- Tape Records, 1986), featuring the drumming talents of Simon Wolstencroft, who went on to be The Fall's drummer on many of their classic albums ( and one or two crap ones) for the following 11 years. When I posted in saying how I'd bought this single at time of purchase, and what a great bunch of singles it was, and was surprised to see matey boy on drums crop up on the back of " Bend Sinister" a month later, I garnered a " like" within a minute; and, the boys and girls of CaB, who do you think the " like"was from? Why, none other than Julie Christie , writing in to say " Nice one, Lisa, sorry for not shagging you all those years ago, but at least I bought you a pint, eh?" The lad himself, Funky Si ! When I responded with a " Coo, fancy that" type post, he only goes and gives me another " like", doesn't he?
Quite pleased with that, I was.
I never fancied Julie Christie all that much, anyways.

Si! he's the loveliest man alive. Met him a couple of times - the most interesting was with the rest of the Fall backstage after a gig in Frankfurt, 1992. I was hammered but remember talking to them all - including MES, who was friendly. Lots of chuckling.

Jim Reid of the JAMC on a train going to Preston in 1988. I sat down for a chat. He was dour, monosyllabic, but entertained me for 10 minutes. Just after I left him he called over the guard and asked to be moved to 1st class.

- and the whole of Teenage Fanclub standing behind me in a cake shop in Granada, Spain, in 2011. I turned around and - couldn't help myself - blurted out 'IT'S TEENAGE FANCLUB!'.

- and Nigel Havers coming out of M&S at Victoria Station in London not too long ago, he held the door for me, very gracious, smiling.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: the science eel on September 04, 2021, 11:37:37 AM
oh and that fella (Mark?) from S Express out and about in Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin in 2016. He was 'flanked' by two models, he was very tall and wearing a big long fake fur green coat. Seemed to be happy with his lot.

I shouted over 'YOU FUCKIN' LAZY SAMPLIN' BASTARD' but he just waved me on with a dismissive laugh
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 11:37:43 AM
Quote from: the science eel on September 04, 2021, 11:34:15 AM


- and the whole of Teenage Fanclub standing behind me in a cake shop in Granada, Spain, in 2011. I turned around and - couldn't help myself - blurted out 'IT'S TEENAGE FANCLUB!'.



This has made me laugh a lot.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: the science eel on September 04, 2021, 11:43:22 AM
Quote from: Pancake on September 03, 2021, 12:03:34 PM
Walked past Nigella Lawson once, she was really short but had a lovely big bum to compensate

I know this is terrible but I would have been sorely tempted to work out a way to make contact with that bum in some way.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 11:44:06 AM
I got backstage at a Lydia Lunch gig  and had a right nice chinwag with the lady herself. I was fairly pissed up, and she was none too sober herself, but managed a good 10 minutes or so gabbing and getting her drummer to take a picture with her. She seemed a willing interlocutor, and didn't even object to me addressing her as " Missus", but her guitarist, who also plays with the modern incarnation of Gallon Drunk, * did* object to my presence, particularly after I pointed out his resemblance to Julian Assange, and told me to fuck off out of it in no uncertain terms.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 11:47:11 AM
Oh, and there was that time when I met that scouse actress who was in that recently released film with Ryan Reynolds.......




Tee- Hee! Only joking, readers! I just wanted to get The Science Eel going, if he's still reading this thread! 😅
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: the science eel on September 04, 2021, 11:49:07 AM
Ha!

One day, one day...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 04, 2021, 12:02:01 PM
Quote from: the science eel on September 04, 2021, 11:49:07 AM
Ha!

One day, one day...

Yes, that's what I say,  Eely.
A mate of mine was in Margate recently, at the same time yer woman was filming the fourth series of that telly programme in which she plays a Russian killing lady. He did say he was going to make an effort to look around the bars where she might be having a drink or two after a hard day's filming ( he's quite adept at having a chat with famous types if they're in the same vicinity), and I asked him to pass on a " my mate fancies you" type message, but, alas, failing to mirror the time we both met and got on like a house on fire with the very famous ( in Russia, to certain people ) seemingly ageless attractive bassist with a bit of an overbite with a very famous ( in Russia, to certain people) surf- twang combo, he never did encounter the lady 😣
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: ImmaculateClump on September 04, 2021, 12:02:25 PM
Ol' Tinhead gets about a bit, doesn't he?
Feel like I've entered an alternate universe where somebody called tinhead exists and everycunt bar me has met the prick.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Dusty Substance on September 07, 2021, 05:55:17 AM

Quite a few over the years, but here are a few that stand out in my memory......

Met Rolf Harris after a show he did in 1998. My dog had died the day before so my friends kindly bought me a ticket as a way of cheering me up and taking things off my mind, forgetting of course that at the time Rolf was presenter of Animal Hospital, and a bunch of his anecdotes revolved around dead pets. My 18 year old friend sat herself on his knee as we posed for a photo. Don't hear much from Rolf these days.

Tony 'Adley Outta Spand-eh Ball-eh - The aforementioned friend, who sat on Rolf's lap, and I drunkenly plagued him with questions about the time Spandau competed against Duran on Pop Quiz and, very much to his credit, Tony Hadley was nice enough to go along with it. My friend and I were both drunk at the time, and I recorded the encounter on a hidden dictophone. I still have the tape but cringe at the thought of ever listening to it again. I do remember saying at one point "Well, Tony, you haven't lost it". He wasn't even 40 at the time. I'm now three years older than he was at the time.

Certainly not a celebrity, but I met a local TV weathergirl whose name I can't recall, and I remember thinking that I'd never met anyone quite so dead behind the eyes. Like she'd had her entire life-force sucked out by an alien entity. Scary stuff.

Because I'm often told that I look someone or other (either famous or like someone they used to work with), sometimes when I've met a celebrity they often appear as if they know me from somewhere, I can see them trying to work it out and they'll ask searching questions like "What are you up to these days?" or "What are you working on at the moment?" and very often I'll just wing it, to prolong the encounter and also for my own amusement.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 07, 2021, 07:37:16 AM
Quote from: Dusty Substance on September 07, 2021, 05:55:17 AM
Because I'm often told that I look someone or other (either famous or like someone they used to work with), sometimes when I've met a celebrity they often appear as if they know me from somewhere, I can see them trying to work it out and they'll ask searching questions like "What are you up to these days?" or "What are you working on at the moment?" and very often I'll just wing it, to prolong the encounter and also for my own amusement.

Here's one of mine. Mentioned it on here before but here we go. About ten years ago I had to use a courtesy car for a couple of weeks and as I can't use foot controls anymore even on an automatic I had to get temporary hand controls fitted. The bloke who was doing it said: "Don't I know you from somewhere?" Hey, it's possible you know. Local media celeb and all that. But then he followed it up by asking if I'd watched I'm With Stupid, the disability-related sitcom from a few years earlier.  Well I had and it turned out he was one of the actors in it, doing what was obviously his day job. This chap. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Davids. I've seen him in Corrie and a couple of other things since.

I mentioned this anecdote to an uncle I met up with a couple of days afterwards and he said: "I bet he asks everyone if he knows them just so he can tell them about himself." Sounds entirely possible.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 07, 2021, 08:28:14 AM
Hmmmmm.....is it worth starting another " Who do you look like? " thread, do we think?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 07, 2021, 10:15:06 AM
But I look like nobody else on earth.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cerys on September 07, 2021, 10:56:48 AM
Quote from: The Mollusk on September 01, 2021, 07:32:55 AMDerek Acorah, who came in through the front reception, inexplicably sat in the hotel's emergency wheelchair being pushed by two fawning middle-aged women. I was too gobsmacked to say anything but I did suck him to completion and swallowed the lot later in the evening.

I have my doubts about this.  It's a fact that Derek Acorah splooged nothing but faint, vaporous ectoplasm, which would have escaped through your nostrils like the pungent breath of a snoozing dragon.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Hat FM on September 07, 2021, 04:34:01 PM
Met Fearne Cotton at the after party for my uni ball about ten years ago. thought i recognised her from uni so asked her what course she was on. she then spent about ten minutes explaining who she was but i didnt believe her. i later remembered that she had dj'd at said ball. a similar thing happened when i met carl cox. was talking to him and his friends for some reason (drunk) and told him that he looked just like carl cox. the looks and hidden sniggers confirmed it was indeed him. Met Ricky Gervais in Bromley high street pre the office filming for his channel 4 tv show. told him i wanted to join the pen15 club. i think back and although the office is my favourite sitcom of all time, if i had murdered him there and then there would be no derek or afterlife. so sorry about that. i have lots more but those stand out.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on September 07, 2021, 05:35:31 PM
Quote from: Dusty Substance on September 07, 2021, 05:55:17 AM

Tony 'Adley Outta Spand-eh Ball-eh - The aforementioned friend, who sat on Rolf's lap

Hadley's put on weight since Spandau Ballet's chart days.  I bet he about squashed Rolf.  How did you become friends with him?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 07, 2021, 05:51:41 PM
Went on a school-organised trip to a garden centre and one of the women Gladiators that wasn't Jet was there getting photos and giving out signed photos. Even at the time I was thinking 'arsed, mate'. The dads probably enjoyed it more than anyone else.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cerys on September 07, 2021, 05:55:49 PM
My usual celebrity encounter is the woman who played Judith Iscariot in The Life of Brian.  Nice lady.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: badaids on September 07, 2021, 06:17:25 PM

I saw both Suzi Quattro and Jimmy White in a horrible funfair in Brighton in the 80s. It was a horrible rainy windy day and they both looked fed up with being there with their respective families. They weren't together, they just both happened to be there at the same time.

My mate's step Dad ran a special effects studio in Sunbury. One day in the holidays we had to go to work with him as there was no other childcare. He wasn't happy about it and he kept us outside where we collected frogs next to the river, while he was inside making a prosthetic head of David Bellamy who turned up to see how the work was going on. Against orders we approached him and asked him what he thought of our frogs. To our massive disappointment he just said 'keep em wet lads' and went inside. I'm not sure what we were expecting him to say or do.

At Chessington World of Adventures we saw Bodger of Bodger and Badger walking around, not with badger in plain clothes looking well narked old, just mooching around. So three of us decided to follow him, making the conscious decision to say nothing just amble after him in silence, gawping at him with our mouths open. After about 40 minutes of this he lost it and turned around shouting at us to clear off and shaking his fist at us.

Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jittlebags on September 07, 2021, 10:59:38 PM
Quote from: Cerys on September 07, 2021, 05:55:49 PM
My usual celebrity encounter is the woman who played Judith Iscariot in The Life of Brian.  Nice lady.

Blimey! Didn't realise she used to be married to Chris Langham.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 08, 2021, 08:42:23 AM
Quote from: Jockice on September 07, 2021, 10:15:06 AM
But I look like nobody else on earth.

Not even Frankie Howerd's younger brother? ;)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 08, 2021, 08:55:55 AM
Quote from: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 08, 2021, 08:42:23 AM
Not even Frankie Howerd's younger brother? ;)

Ooh missus!

(Saw Frankie live once in a small venue. But didn't actually meet him.)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 08, 2021, 08:57:57 AM
Mocking! Mocking Jockice!
( To His credit, Jockice has had the restraint not to mention Bob Mills to me.)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 08, 2021, 08:59:43 AM
Quote from: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on September 08, 2021, 08:57:57 AM
Mocking! Mocking Jockice!
( To His credit, Jockice has had the restraint not to mention Bob Mills to me.)

I'm a model of restraint me. Not a human being, an actual model of restraint.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: batwings on September 08, 2021, 09:08:01 AM
Saw Keith Chegwin with his arms around two young ladies in a Somerset pub car park on the Friday night before a Swap Shop outside broadcast from the village green the next morning, late 70s. My mate Terry skipped a stone across the ground which hit Cheggers in the ankle.

Another friend was in a barbers in Bristol and saw Derrick Griffiths walk past the window. Mentions this often.

I've been in Depeche Mode's Alan Wilder's kitchen.

Saw the bloke who played Bergerac's father in law and either Murray Walker or the boxing one having a chat in a newsagents somewhere near Gatwick.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 08, 2021, 09:13:08 AM
Quote from: batwings on September 08, 2021, 09:08:01 AM

Another friend was in a barbers in Bristol and saw Derrick Griffiths walk past the window. Mentions this often.

Pah! He drove past my local park when I was a teenager. I can't remember if I was there at the time or someone told me about it though, so it's a borderline one for me.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Pavlov`s Dog`s Dad`s Dead on September 08, 2021, 10:44:49 AM
John Parrott once refused to get in a lift with me. Beat that.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Voltan (Man of Steel) on September 08, 2021, 11:28:59 AM
Sometime in the early 90s I saw 1989 World's Strongest Man Jamie Reeves drinking with a local strongman competitor and event organiser in a pub in Wolverhampton.

It was lucky I wasn't doing my hilarious skit with my mate Steve - a fellow lifting and WSM enthusiast - in which I'd regularly put on a shit Yorkshire accent and impersonate Jamie "Pork Pie" Reeves, alluding to his round, red face and probable love of pork pies ("I only eat lattice top when dieting"). Imagine being mid flow and getting that tap on my shoulder.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cuellar on September 08, 2021, 11:32:30 AM
Kris Akabusi smashed a light with a basketball and blamed me
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 08, 2021, 11:35:32 AM
Quote from: Cuellar on September 08, 2021, 11:32:30 AM
Kris Akabusi smashed a light with a basketball and blamed me

He's a bit of a cunt like that, he tipped my Toby carvery over my nan and said "they won't believe you you fucking wanker".
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Blinder Data on September 08, 2021, 11:38:32 AM
I've seen various celebs out and about but the most beguiling encounter was a few years ago when I saw Frances McDormand, Joel Coen and some other guy having a drink on Gordon Street in Glasgow city centre. The incongruity of such Oscar-winning Hollywood heavyweights in my city beguiled me totally.

I don't think they they were there for a production - it looked like a family thing. Maybe they were in Scotland for the fringe and were staying in Glasgow instead of Edinburgh? Maybe it was a stop-off during a luxurious escapade in the Highlands and Islands? Who knows.

BEGUILING!
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Better Midlands on September 08, 2021, 11:55:57 AM
I think I've recounted before that I sold a copy of the original release of Song To The Siren by The Dust (Chemical) Brothers (https://www.discogs.com/The-Dust-Brothers-Song-To-The-Siren/release/489263) to Ed Simons' pensioner mum. We had a chat and she told me proudly that Andrew Weatherall was remixing it for a rerelease on Junior Boys Own.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Better Midlands on September 08, 2021, 12:07:54 PM
Quote from: Sonny_Jim on September 02, 2021, 07:27:59 AM
EDIT:  Oh and whilst I'm at it, I was drunk at a pinball convention[nb]Yes, these things exist.  Go to one, they're great[/nb]., yabbering on about Tempest to some random guy, who politely informed me that I was talking to none other than Jeff Minter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Minter).  Old school game designer who wrote Tempest 2000.  Is this the most niche answer in this thread?

I met Jeff Minter once at what I think was some sort of computing convention/tradeshow in London circa 1986 - I was pretty young but remember the Llamasoft stand being the most interesting thing there.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jack Shaftoe on September 08, 2021, 12:40:16 PM
Once accidentally hummed the 'Superman' theme at Suralan Sugar. In that I was standing in a foyer, started humming it for no reason, a bit louder than I meant to, turned slightly and realised I was standing right next to Suralan. He absolutely beamed at me, clearly thinking I literally took him for some kind of actual superhero and I petered out in confusion.

At the time I was quite annoyed and wanted him to know I didn't think he was Superman at all, but now I've come to the conclusion there are far worse people around and if I accidentally brightened someone's day for a moment, no harm done.

Second-hand celebrity encounter via late of this parish Richard Preddy/sick as a pike, who told me about he was writing stuff for the MTV awards, which involved hanging out with Robbie Williams for a while. RW played him his newest CD and asked which song he thought should be the first single. Rich thought for a bit and said 'Definitely not that Angels one', after which RW apparently 'went a bit quiet'.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Mr Trumpet on September 08, 2021, 01:18:29 PM
I had a friend who was really into QI, and knew a few of the production team. She's American but whenever she visited the UK she went to loads of recordings and would usually invite me to a couple. I didn't even watch the show but it's a nice afternoon out isn't it? Plus she was always able to inveigle us into the green room afterwards. So I shared some crisps with Sue Perkins, had a beer with Ross Noble, had some buffet ham stolen by Stephen Fry, and sat in awkward silence on a sofa with Rhys Darby while we both pretended to look at our phones.

Also met Fry's (very young) fiance and chatted about beanie babies
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 08, 2021, 07:13:14 PM
Quote from: batwings on September 08, 2021, 09:08:01 AM

Saw the bloke who played Bergerac's father in law and either Murray Walker or the boxing one having a chat in a newsagents somewhere near Gatwick.

My dad once met a boxing commentator on a train and bored him to death... sorry, had a nice conversation with him. I wouldn't recognise a boxing commentator if he sat on top of me.

However, I did see Damian Johnson on a train once. Now in my early journalism days he worked for a radio station that was literally just round the corner from our office..We'd occasionally be sent out to cover the same stories and would say hello to each other. We weren't mates but we knew each other's names.

So when I was coming back from the toilet and went past him, I stopped and said: "Hiya Damian. How are you?" And he totally blanked me. Didn't even acknowledge that anyone had spoken to him. Fair enough if he didn't remember me but this was just plain rude.

I can understand very famous people doing that. I didn't try to talk to Bobby Charlton when I saw him but understand he doesn't respond if anyone talks to him but I can also understand why, especially at Old Trafford. He wouldn't get a second's peace.

But this was a BBC sports reporter on a train. Being left alone. Nobody was bothering him. It's not as if I deliberately sat next to him or anything. Just gave him a friendly greeting as I passed him. Damian mate, you're not the Queen or Paul McCartney or anything like that so there's absolutely no need to be so up your own arse. Prick
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Cuellar on September 08, 2021, 07:23:28 PM
Quote from: Fr.Bigley on September 08, 2021, 11:35:32 AM
He's a bit of a cunt like that, he tipped my Toby carvery over my nan and said "they won't believe you you fucking wanker".

Yes but mine ACTUALLY REALLY happened in life
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Tony Tony Tony on September 08, 2021, 09:54:04 PM
Not actually an encounter but I did manage to get on Ken Bruce radio 2 popmaster quiz so I had a chat with the great man.

Tanked it on the questions scoring a miserable 9 points but still was rewarded with a t-shirt.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: kalowski on September 08, 2021, 10:04:01 PM
Quote from: Lord Mandrake on September 03, 2021, 11:23:40 AM
John Cleese in a Fulham pet shop 1980's.
Lived 4 doors down from Rick Mayall, Oxford Gardens,  Ladbroke grove late 90's. Damon Albarn, Chaka Khan and Martin Clunes (separately) came to the bar where I was resident dj, portobello late 90's.
Paul Weller, Bill Bailey,  Jarvis Cocker all seen regularly. Richard Osman seen a few times, Goldhawk Road. Rob Brydon, Marble Arch. Gina Yashere came to a wedding I was playing music at. Simon Pegg on the tube late 90's. Lennox Lewis, Chris Evan and a Bee Gee I met on the bar at TFI Friday. Mr Scruff, Fabio & Grooverider, Jumping Jack Frost...Goldie, loads of times.. Kate Moss in a chip shop.
I went to school with Mr Scruff. Really top bloke.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Clatty McCutcheon on September 08, 2021, 10:17:31 PM
Quote from: Blinder Data on September 08, 2021, 11:38:32 AM
I've seen various celebs out and about but the most beguiling encounter was a few years ago when I saw Frances McDormand, Joel Coen and some other guy having a drink on Gordon Street in Glasgow city centre. The incongruity of such Oscar-winning Hollywood heavyweights in my city beguiled me totally.

And you're absolutely sure it wasn't just Tony Roper and Dorothy Paul?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 08, 2021, 11:42:41 PM
Quote from: Cuellar on September 08, 2021, 07:23:28 PM
Yes but mine ACTUALLY REALLY happened in life

That's ak-abuse-y
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: seepage on September 09, 2021, 07:13:01 AM
Quote from: Better Midlands on September 08, 2021, 12:07:54 PM
I met Jeff Minter once at what I think was some sort of computing convention/tradeshow in London circa 1986 - I was pretty young but remember the Llamasoft stand being the most interesting thing there.

I was in the same year at uni as Minter. Took an instant dislike to me when he asked who was playing Jethro Tull and I said it was I. Also remember him flummoxing the lecturer at Computer Club by demonstrating some ML stuff on the Commodore PET instead of another BASIC program.   
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Sonny_Jim on September 09, 2021, 07:40:56 AM
Jeff and Giles always put on lovely booths at whatever conventions they go to.  I remember one year they were handing out free Peanut Lion bars[nb]illegally imported from Poland[/nb] to people waiting in the queue for TxK.  Also handing out free surplus copies of Trip-a-tron.  Lovely..

Also at same convention I spotted Craig Charles having a ciggie outside.  Being a massive Red Dwarf fanboy I didn't want to seem like a complete prick and yell out gazpacho soup or whatever, so I spent the rest of my ciggie working out something interesting to ask him.

So, mentally prepared, I walked over to him, said hello and asked him 'Who came up with 'Awooga'?'  Was it you or John Fashnu?'.  I was so proud at having come up with something that wasn't just 'Was Kryten funny when the cameras weren't rolling' or whatever.

He audibly sighed, rattled off quickly that no-actually-it-was-written-by-Grant/Naylor-and-Fashnu-nicked-it.

Deflated, I realised I had just interrupted his only moment of bliss in the last couple of hours that he had graciously spent with people asking him if Kryten was funny.  Felt like a proper shit but I suppose it taught me a lesson.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Ombudsman on September 09, 2021, 08:47:40 AM
I've spotted a few celebs about the place over the years. Only one I can think of sharing was meeting Donald Sinden down the booze isle in Waitrose. He had a loaded trolly containing only booze. Had a nice brief chat with him about finding whatever it was he was looking for. I didn't really know who he was but he'd been pointed out to me previously going about his business in the town.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Mr Trumpet on September 09, 2021, 08:57:35 AM
Oh and at work I recently gave a tour to god-tier cinematographer Roger Deakins and his wife. Nice chap.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jerzy Bondov on September 09, 2021, 09:44:51 AM
Dara O'Brian nearly walked into me coming out the toilets. He's tall. I went 'oop sorry' and he smiled.

Quote from: badaids on September 07, 2021, 06:17:25 PM'keep em wet lads'
Sex Advice with David Bellamy
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Egyptian Feast on September 09, 2021, 10:14:26 AM
Quote from: Jerzy Bondov on September 09, 2021, 09:44:51 AM
Dara O'Brian nearly walked into me coming out the toilets. He's tall. I went 'oop sorry' and he smiled.

He tried to interview me on the street in late 90s Dublin. I knew him from late night TV and how stupid he made people look, so I told him to fuck off.

I saw a lot more celebs when I lived there. Walking down Grafton Street at various times I encountered Thom Yorke (looking miserable), Bobby Gillespie (face like a knee cap), Matt Damon. I once helped Henry Rollins find a shop he'd been in on a previous visit that sold Sinatra bootlegs. His roadie did most of the talking, but Rollins was decent and put me on the guest list for his show that night.

The best celebrity encounters there were of someone that only Irish CaBbers would know - Miley out of Glenroe. He used to buy fags from the shop I worked in and would always call me a "good man" and then cycle off on his old bone-shaker.

A friend at college's band was managed by Fruitbat from Carter USM and I had a lovely chat with him one night they were playing. Apparently Schofield was being a dick long before he took the piss out of them onstage so he had it coming.

I served Ian Botham his dinner at a Lord's cricket ground event to celebrate some old-timer. Almost everyone I served was rude as fuck, including whoever the old-timer was, but Botham was very conspicuously polite and grateful all evening, so he's OK by me even though I've seen that photo through no fault of my own.

I once spied Natasha McElhone buying Puzzler magazine at WH Smith's in Heathrow. She gorgeous.

I've repeatedly chatted briefly to Lloyd Kaufman of Troma fame (and his lovely wife) over the years at various screenings. He's usually too busy to talk for long (unless you catch him hanging around the lobby while the film is playing), but is always a delight.

I'm sure I have more crap encounters I'm forgetting about...
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: checkoutgirl on September 09, 2021, 11:04:56 AM
I don't approach celebrities because it's an imposition but have spotted a few out and about in Dublin. Might have mentioned some before but anyway... Celeb - where - doing what

John Hurt - D'Olier Street - walking around
Stephen Rea - The Westin Hotel - sitting at table
John McEnroe - Gotham Cafe - eating, I worked there
Alex Higgins - Jervis Centre - walking around (he looked fucked)
Jimmy Carr - Templebar - swanning about all posh
Neil Patrick Harris - Parliament Street - in Spar shop with a man
Brendan Gleeson - The Pod - having a pint
Craig Charles - Grafton Street - clearly enjoying being mobbed by fans
Mike Murphy - McDonalds Rathmines - getting a burger, I served him
Roddy Doyle - Tower Records/Clonliffe Road - browsing/walking around
Adam Sandler - O'Connell Street - was a film premier (Zohan?) so not sure if it counts
Arthur Matthews - Terenure - on his bike
Reece Shearsmith & Jeremy Dyson - Henry Street - walking around
Packie Bonner - Cafe En Seine
Don Conroy - Merrion Square - on his bike
Puff Daddy - Merrion Hotel entrance - getting out of a limousine

Don Conroy was a minor Irish celeb who did painting on RTE in the eighties. Mike Murphy was the Irish Jeremy Beadle in the 70s and 80s. Packie Bonner was a goalkeeper for Ireland in the 80s and possibly 90s.


I've been in the post gig queue to encounter Limmy and Stewart Lee but that hardly counts.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Dex Sawash on September 09, 2021, 11:33:44 AM

Went to visit my mother in prison and met
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mook
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in the visiting area
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: vanilla.coffee on September 09, 2021, 12:22:40 PM
Not an encounter so much but a couple of weeks back, Zoe Ball was staying in the same hotel as me (Doncaster race course hotel)
Sat at a table next to mine at dinner she was constantly being hassled by wedding guests from a function room next door asking to have selfies with her.
She was patient and gracious with the selfie people but it must have been getting on her tits.

I think her radio show was broadcasting live from Doncaster that week.

I got Jamie Stewart (Bass player in The Cult) autograph, he was sat opposite me on the Metropolitan line back in 1987. He disembarked at Rayners Lane.

I got Gary Numan's autograph at an air show in North Weald in mid 1980 something. He was flying a Harvard WW2 plane painted to look like a Japanese fighter plane.

Kirtsy Hawkshaw (It's a fine day - Opus 3) lives down the road from me.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: The Ombudsman on September 09, 2021, 12:22:52 PM
Here are a few more total banal encounters I've had over the years. I don't get star struck and would only ever say a quick hello sort of thing, but I fear I would embarrass myself if I met Steve Coogan or Chris Morris.


I saw Mark Lamar in Rye walking around with some people being very loud and obvious. It was a Sunday evening IIRC so very quiet. Looked like he wanted attention. Also used to see the chap from Keane about the place as he lived there. Gavin Rosdale from Bush was once spotted too. Oh, and Vic Reeves when we in Threshers together. These were all in Rye.

Paul McCartney and Ian Hislop both looked like old ladies. Hislop said hello. Embarrassingly enough I was reading Private Eye, we used to get the same train to/from London.

Way before he was mayor even, saw Boris Johnson outside his office at the Spectator playing up. He was trying to unlock then mount his bicycle but looked like he was emulating Chevy Chase with his deft hand at physical humour. He dropped a coffee. Saw him again fairly regularly cycling around the GLA building. Only saw Livingstone once but waved and said hello as we passed each other and he smiled and said a chirpy "Good Afternoon" back. Neil and Christine Hamilton were at an expo I attended, didn't like them much but they were very polite.

Never met her but used to speak to Joan Armatrading on the phone regularly and she was ace.

Spoke to Noel Edmonds on the phone and that was unremarkable.

Simon Mayo held a door open for me inside the old BBC building. Walking past us were the two from The Streets.

Paul Whitehouse was on the phone outside my old office. I wanted to say hello as I passed but realised he was on his way to Southwark Crown Court when Langham was on trial. Also around there saw Rolf Harris and Max Clifford.

Bob Mortimer I've seen twice as he lives around my way. We both got our COVID vaccines at the same time & place. He also replied to a DM I sent him which was amazing.

Also had an embarrassing incident with the singer chap from Wet Wet Wet. Nothing majorly bad, didn't say anything. I was shitfaced and didn't realise who he was and was lusting after his very nice coat.

And the last one I can think of was Terry Waite. Believe it or not, about 9 months after his release he was in a cash and carry in Charlton. I went up to get his autograph, must have been 8 or 9. He was very gracious with his time and spoke to me for a good 10 minutes about school and stuff.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: monkfromhavana on September 09, 2021, 12:27:46 PM
Saw Nick Owen on a date in Birmingham. He was wearing a pink shirt.
Davina McCall in the reception of a company I used to work for (she was there to interview one of the employees who was doing something for Comic Relief.
The guy who played Max (not Max Ramsey, the later Max) in Neighbours out walking his dog in Elwood, Victoria.
Ex-German football, Hans Wiener, in his sports bar in Berlin.

Also interviewed Clive Toye who was instrumental in setting up professional football (Soccer) in America in the 1960s. He was the guy who helped sign Pele, Beckenbauer, Best, Cruyff, Carlos Alberto etc etc. was general manager of the New York Cosmos and a few other teams. We continued messaging for a fair while after, with him complimenting me on my niche knowledge of 1970s/80s stateside football.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Beagle 2 on September 09, 2021, 12:30:10 PM
One that makes me cringe was being in a comedy club (at which this person was not on the bill). There was a load of photos of comedians on the wall, and my friend pointed at them and said "Is that Aisling Bea?". I couldn't see anybody on the wall who looked like Aisling Bea so I marched up to the wall squinting and loudly said "Is WHAT Aisling Bea?", at which point Aisling Bea, who was sat about a yard from my face said something like "Yes, it's me!". In a nice way, but I felt like an absolute twat and ran away.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Sebastian Cobb on September 09, 2021, 12:35:40 PM
I sometimes see Michael Redmond wandering about Glasgow.

I once popped into The Stand on a Sunday when he was comparing and ended up picking on me for a bit, but was nice enough to buy me a pint and have a chat in the interval.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Hat FM on September 09, 2021, 01:09:53 PM
once Damon albarn seemed to be following me and my mate around all of the trainer shops in covent garden. size 11 if you're interested. also saw Bobby Gillespie walk past my work on the Aldwych.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: non capisco on September 09, 2021, 01:24:33 PM
Quote from: Beagle 2 on September 09, 2021, 12:30:10 PM
One that makes me cringe was being in a comedy club (at which this person was not on the bill). There was a load of photos of comedians on the wall, and my friend pointed at them and said "Is that Aisling Bea?". I couldn't see anybody on the wall who looked like Aisling Bea so I marched up to the wall squinting and loudly said "Is WHAT Aisling Bea?", at which point Aisling Bea, who was sat about a yard from my face said something like "Yes, it's me!". In a nice way, but I felt like an absolute twat and ran away.

That reminds me of opening up my old workplace on Old Compton Street at 6am and seeing Patrick Stewart stumbling about shitfaced and grinning. He winked at me and bellowed "YEEEEEEEEES, IT'S MEEEEEEEEEE!" as if he was projecting to the back of the The Old Vic.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: checkoutgirl on September 09, 2021, 02:05:39 PM
Two more

Brendan Grace - Hotel in Wexford - lamping
Dalores O'Riordan - St Anne Street - on mobile phone posing beside her big Mercedes


Brendan Grace was an Irish comedian whose biggest character was a schoolboy called Bottler. Also appeared in Father Ted to bully Ted as Jack's temporary replacement.

Dolores O'Riordan sang in the musical group The Tart Gooseberries.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 09, 2021, 02:15:08 PM
Jethro (of Jethro fame) eating two Gingsters pasties at once while hurling insults at a local gay man in St Ives, he was fucking smashed and threatened to "Have you killed" to a clergyman when he was told off for trying to shit in the church vestibule. There was a woman crying who I assume was his wife crying "why do you do this Jethro?" To which he replied with a swift kick in her fanny.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: willbo on September 09, 2021, 02:54:03 PM
I spent a London to Northampton train journey next to Alan Moore. I couldn't remember who he was till afterward, only that I somehow knew him from Forbidden Planet and telling myself he must have either worked there or been a regular.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: ElTwopo on September 09, 2021, 08:41:59 PM
Bobby Gillespie contemplating yoghurt in Sainsbury's on Essex Road

Graham Linehan walking towards Highbury Corner accompanied by a bee that was flying alongside him

Lemmy striding down Essex Road towards me with murderous intent in his eyes. Stepped into the road until he went past.

Rhys Thomas negotiating an icy pavement in slippy shoes (also Essex Road!), and us doing that thing when you try to walk past someone but you both move to the same side, then both move to the other side etc.

Leslie Ash asking me if the copy of The Sun on the bench next to me was mine (I said no and she put it in her bag). There were some other interactions but I forget what they are now.

Violet Berlin and Gaz Top came round to our house when I was a student to borrow a guitar from my housemate. They laughed at the Tesco bag lampshade in the living room (rude).
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: kalowski on September 09, 2021, 09:28:29 PM
I always think of the Viz article on why Gaz Top was "toppermost of the poppermost" whenever I read his name.

"Pop, pop, pop, popability. That's the beauty of Gaz."
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: paruses on September 10, 2021, 07:02:56 PM
Quote from: checkoutgirl on September 09, 2021, 11:04:56 AM
I don't approach celebrities because it's an imposition but have spotted a few out and about in Dublin. Might have mentioned some before but anyway... Celeb - where - doing what

Have you deliberately missed off Aiden Gillen? I used to see him along Leeson Street a lot. Was initially excited but was told at work that everyone's passed him. All agreed he's very nice though and says hello.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 08:42:32 PM
Through my job I see Carol Vorderman quite a bit.  She's always polite and unassuming but the clothes she wears are enough to make David Bowie circa 1973 say, "Ooh, that's a bit much."  It's 'Famous Person' couture.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 10, 2021, 09:12:16 PM
Quote from: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 08:42:32 PM
Through my job I see Carol Vorderman quite a bit.  She's always polite and unassuming but the clothes she wears are enough to make David Bowie circa 1973 say, "Ooh, that's a bit much."  It's 'Famous Person' couture.

Is her arse as legendary as they say?
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 09:14:55 PM
Quote from: Fr.Bigley on September 10, 2021, 09:12:16 PM
Is her arse as legendary as they say?

Yeah, she looks good.  A lot of effort and expertise has gone into making her look good, but even so the overall effect is pleasing, not sad and plastic.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Fr.Bigley on September 10, 2021, 09:16:44 PM
Quote from: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 09:14:55 PM
Yeah, she looks good.  A lot of effort and expertise has gone into making her look good, but even so the overall effect is pleasing, not sad and plastic.

(https://c.tenor.com/ye4yv3SZBykAAAAM/good-family-guy.gif)
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 09:18:43 PM
Though even so she only looks about 1% as good as Behnaz Akhgar who I also see regularly, but that's not snide against Ms V because Behnaz is possibly the most gorgeous woman on the planet, and an absolute sweetheart to boot.  Always cheerful and chatty but never in that "I'm famous so I'd better be nice to the plebs" sort of way.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: kngen on September 10, 2021, 10:00:50 PM
I was working backstage at a big festival in Sydney in the 90s and saw Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees stood not far from me, leaning on a cane for support. I went over and told him how repeatedly listening to one of his songs had gotten me through a really, really fucking bad trip one night, and I just wanted to thank him for that, because it was really felt like my sanity was slipping away otherwise. He responded incredibly graciously, and he told me about his teen years taking acid, and how much he regretted it. I mentioned the cane, and he said he'd had a bit of a spill on a motorbike, but he was on the mend. All very felicitious. What really surprised me though was, about maybe 30 mins later, I was talking to a colleague, and I saw him hobble over to me from a good 50 feet away, told me he was heading back to his dressing room but wanted to say goodbye. And then he shook my hand, and told me to take care, which I found incredibly touching.

I always knew he was a bit of a wild one, but I figured that this was the new, mellow Mark Lanegan at peace with himself, as that was certainly how he came across.

So it came as a wee bit of a shock, when reading his autobiography this week, to discover that the reason he fucked his foot up and needed a cane was because he'd jumped off the stage the day before to attack an audience member who'd hit him with a coin. And a couple of days afterwards, he'd strangled Al Jourgensen of Ministry with a telephone cord over an argument about heroin.

He also writes about the bad trip he had that he touched upon when we chatted - it sounded truly horrible, but my wee tale clearly struck a chord with him. I'm very glad I met the nice Mark Lanegan, because it sounds like he was fucking terrifying otherwise.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Goldentony on September 10, 2021, 10:03:25 PM
on one hand he's been a danger but on the other, strangling anyone from Ministry is fair play
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: kngen on September 10, 2021, 10:13:48 PM
Quote from: Goldentony on September 10, 2021, 10:03:25 PM
strangling anyone from Ministry is fair play

that bit did make me laugh, I'll be honest. Almost like comic relief compared to unrelenting grimness of the rest of the book.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Neomod on September 10, 2021, 10:17:53 PM
Bobby Gillespie was a regular customer at the Virgin Megastore in Brighton and I remember him coming up to the counter with an armful of Beach Boys LP's around 89/90.

And that's when Screamadelica was born.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: billyandthecloneasaurus on September 10, 2021, 10:18:22 PM
The bass player from spiritualized / Spacemen 3 was me and my mum's lodger for 5 years, hi will.

He introduced me to Anton newcombe at a club night he was DJing in Berlin when I visited with my pals. I cornered Anton by the toilets and asked him to play "a smiths song", cringe. I was 18 tbf.

Anton played there is a light that never goes out, and basically made eye contact with me and aggressively nodded for the entirety.  When I told will what I'd done he laughed and was delighted that Anton hadn't knocked me out for such an imposition, let alone actually play my request.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: badaids on September 10, 2021, 10:25:07 PM
Quote from: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 08:42:32 PM
Through my job I see Carol Vorderman quite a bit.  She's always polite and unassuming but the clothes she wears are enough to make David Bowie circa 1973 say, "Ooh, that's a bit much."  It's 'Famous Person' couture.

I've seen her around a fair bit through my work too and my experience is the opposite.  Found her to be attention seeking, pretentious and looks absolutely ridiculous and plastic faced.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Goldentony on September 11, 2021, 02:04:52 AM
Quote from: Neomod on September 10, 2021, 10:17:53 PM
Bobby Gillespie was a regular customer at the Virgin Megastore in Brighton and I remember him coming up to the counter with an armful of Beach Boys LP's around 89/90.

And that's when Screamadelica was born.

Jim probably got all his old copies in the divorce
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: buttgammon on September 11, 2021, 08:40:33 AM
Quote from: Keebleman on September 10, 2021, 09:18:43 PM
Though even so she only looks about 1% as good as Behnaz Akhgar who I also see regularly, but that's not snide against Ms V because Behnaz is possibly the most gorgeous woman on the planet, and an absolute sweetheart to boot.  Always cheerful and chatty but never in that "I'm famous so I'd better be nice to the plebs" sort of way.

Oh you jammy sod! The worst thing about moving to Ireland was not getting to see her on the telly any more.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: El Unicornio, mang on September 11, 2021, 12:29:37 PM
My friend waited on Aubrey Plaza at a restaurant in Chicago and said she was a right cunt.

Saw Alan Cumming hurriedly walking down a street in NYC and quipped to my friends "wonder if he was coming or going". No laughs.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Lord Mandrake on September 11, 2021, 09:49:49 PM
Quote from: kalowski on September 08, 2021, 10:04:01 PM
I went to school with Mr Scruff. Really top bloke.

Yeah absolutely, I was mistaken for him a few times because we would often be warming up for him or Ross Clarke who is also a top bloke. On the flipside, James Lavelle.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Brundle-Fly on September 11, 2021, 09:58:49 PM
Quote from: The Ombudsman on September 09, 2021, 12:22:52 PM

Paul Whitehouse was on the phone outside my old office. I wanted to say hello as I passed but realised he was on his way to Southwark Crown Court when Langham was on trial. Also around there saw Rolf Harris and Max Clifford.


That's eerie because I also happen to stroll past PW outside the courts during the Langham trial. He looked ashen.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: mrClaypole on September 13, 2021, 08:45:01 AM
I used to work in a shop in Stratford upon avon and had many a celebrity encounter.  One of our regular customers was the actor David Bradley who has appeared in 100s of TV shows and films (biggest probably being is Harry Potter). He was a very nice man and down to Earth.
Nigel Havers once popped his head around the door asking where he could buy a watch for his wife inbetween filming episodes of Dangerfield. He obviously had eyesight problems because our shop was next door to a jeweller's with a large array of watches for femmes in the window.
My favourite encounter was Xmas eve and I was shutting the shop up on my own and I was approached by a very large chap just as the shutter went down.
He tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I knew where he could get some cellotape. I turned around and recognised it was Richard Griffiths. I have always enjoyed his performances whether it be in that episode of Minder or that Naked gun film.
I told him that everywhere would be closed now.  He sighed and let out a mournful cry.  I offered to open up the shop and let him have what we had left.
He said no. He didn't want to cause me any bother.
He did sign an autograph for me and we chatted briefly about Leslie Nielsen. He then hurriedly went on his way.  It's sad for me that he died as I will never know whether he managed to find any sticky back plastic that fateful night in 2000. He took that secret to his grave.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: colacentral on September 14, 2021, 12:26:54 PM
I bumped into Princess Diana once, seconds before her death.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Jockice on September 14, 2021, 05:07:59 PM
I lent best-selling author Marina Lewycka a wheelchair at the weekend. Without actually meeting her. I never have met her.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: ColinPopshed on September 14, 2021, 08:58:03 PM
Quote from: The Ombudsman on September 09, 2021, 12:22:52 PM
Bob Mortimer I've seen twice as he lives around my way. We both got our COVID vaccines at the same time & place. He also replied to a DM I sent him which was amazing.

I pride myself on never having disturbed him on the many times I've seen him in that particular town, though I recently moved to a village a few miles south so no more of that I imagine.
Title: Re: Celebrity encounters
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on September 15, 2021, 05:24:45 AM
Quote from: ColinPopshed on September 14, 2021, 08:58:03 PM
I pride myself on never having disturbed him on the many times I've seen him in that particular town, though I recently moved to a village a few miles south so no more of that I imagine.

So you let him lie.