Thursday, November 02, 2006

(I’m) Almost Famous (too)

This is for Camie, in response to her post about celeb encounters. They are in no particular order except that the first ten are people that I've actually met, while the rest are people I've passed in the street or seen round and about.

1. Paul Daniels, British "magician" (I was a kid)
2. Adam Ant, fucking icon
3. Derek Jarman, gay film-maker extraordinaire
4. Mark Wingett (DC Carver from The Bill); he saw a play I was in and complimented my performance
5. Jane Bodie, who is apparently now one of Australia's most important playwrights; was one of my closest friends for a couple of years in my mid-20s
6. Valerie Colgan: she was in Aliens and was one of my acting teachers
7. Esther Hall, from the UK Queer As Folk and the recent BT ads; she auditioned for a play I was co-producing/co-directing
8. Rhino from the UK's Gladiators show; he complimented me on my Manics T-shirt
9. Debbie Isitt, film-maker
10. Susan Powell, BBC weathergirl; not seen her for about 20 years, but we used to live in the same street and go to the same school

11. Marc Almond (almost bumped right into him on Camden High Street)
12. Diego Abatantuono, Italian acting god
13. Lucio Dalla, Italian singer
14. Keith Flint of Prodigy, dressed in country-gent garb at the airport
15. Mark Addy, eating pizza close by
16,17,18,19. Ian Broudie, Kylie Minogue, and two people from EastEnders at a Manics gig at the Royal Albert Hall
20. Carol Vorderman
21. Russell Crowe at Wagamama
22. Justine Elastica at an Adam Ant gig at the Shepherd's Bush Empire
23. Jackie Mason, eating at Artie's Deli in NYC
24. Chris Lowe, Pet Shop Boy, on Islington's Upper Street
25. Gary Olsen (RIP), of 2 Point 4 Children fame: sat next to him on the Tube
26. Ken Livingstone, London Mayor, on Old Compton Street, Soho.
27. Robert Powell, aka Jesus, on his way to the video store where Red used to work
28. Sister Wendy Beckett
29. that bloke out of Crowded House trying to find his guitar at the airport
30. Stefan Dennis (Paul from Neighbours)
31. Jennilee (from Britain's Next Top Model); she was entering our local Sainsbury's supermarket as we were leaving
32. some bloke out of Hollyoaks in Tesco Metro, Covent Garden
33. Shadow from the UK's Gladiators show outside Tesco Metro, Covent Garden
34. Tom Baker, former Doctor Who
35. Simon King, BBC wildlife genius
36. Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow: I spoke to her on the phone; does that count?
37. Ricky Gervais at an ATM in Camden Town
38. Bill Paterson, British actor, in Soho Square not long after Truly, Madly, Deeply came out
39. Phil Davis, excellent British actor and star of Quadrophenia and Face; he was standing in the doorway of the now-long-gone Dillons bookshop on Long Acre. He's short
40. Samantha Morton
41. Graham Norton
42. Giorgio Locatelli, celeb chef, at his restaurant; he signed a leaving card for a friend who was going back to Australia
43. Simon Callow, genius Brit actor and Orson Welles biographer, who is sadly probably most famous for Four Weddings and a Funeral. Saw him at Leicester Square Tube station
44. Helen Baxendale, actress from Cold Feet and Friends, outside Ed's Diner in Old Compton Street, with a man and a baby in a pushchair
45. Jason Priestley, of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, in The Maple Leaf pub, in Covent Garden, one lunchtime



Blogger Tanya said...

Wow - that's a lot of encounters. Let's see on my side:

* David Hasselhoff when I was 9 at a shopping mall where he did a show

* A South AFrican TV presenter and a soap star when I worked in a Johannesburg beauty salon - does it count if I waxed their legs, but had no idea who they were until someone told me? Does it count that I still have no idea who they are?

* Eunice Shriver - JFK's sister and mother in law to Arnie

* The Pope - John Paul II on his visit to South Africa

* Helena Bonham Carter - spotted her walking around in Hampstead

* Arno Vosloo - from The Mummy. Spotted him at an ATM outside Virgin Megastore in London.

02 November, 2006 10:37  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Cool list, though, Tanya. And it reminded me that I missed one off: Ricky Gervais! Best add him now... It still counts that you didn't know them till later, of course.

02 November, 2006 10:40  
Blogger Milla said...

Jeez, I don't even know most of 'em. Who's Sister Wendy Beckett?? Jackie Mason?? Are they from the TV?

I met a few people myself, mostly music people because of Nik. The nicest of them all so far has been Barnie from Napalm Death: funny, kind and generous.
Sinead O'Connor was as moody as well, not very nice.
Nick Cave once came into the charity shop I was working; he was with his son Luke. Gawd, Nick Cave was so sexy, dressed in a black suit and white boots. I almost fell off my chair, so to speak.

02 November, 2006 10:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All my celebs were in rehab at the priory.

Neurotic messes the lot of them.

02 November, 2006 10:56  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

When Paul Daniels is first on the list it's a worry

02 November, 2006 12:11  
Blogger Karen said...

I met Diana and Charles when I was kid and they were on a visit to Canada. Ok, well I didn't actually meet Charlie. I stood beside him and waved my wee child sized hand in front of him while he chatted with some guy who gave him a silver cup of some sort. However, Diana stopped and chatted with me. I gave her a present for William (I think...he was just a baby) and she stumped me by actually talking to me: "What books are they" she asked. Stunned look on my face....blink...blink..."I dunno".

Tanya you saw Arnold Vosloo??? I'm so jealous! However, if anyone had had a Vincent Regan spotting, you'd be trumped.

02 November, 2006 13:44  
Blogger Karen said...

Wait, I just realized Tanya also met the HOFF. I don't know what to say about that one.

02 November, 2006 13:44  
Blogger martinobhoy said...

Angelina Jolie: In my shower this morning ;o)

Apart from that Paul Merton, Glynis Barber (Dempsey or Makepeace - I can never remember) and one of the blokes from Hearsay all in different bars in Edinburgh.

02 November, 2006 14:10  
Blogger Suze said...

Wow, quite a list. I passed Phil Oakey of The Human League going in to a store and once bumped in to Alan Bennett at a country house.

Can't think of anyone else, if I do I'll pop back. lol

02 November, 2006 14:26  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

wow... that's quite a list there. i think ricky gervais is hilarious!

and i don't know what was up when you looked at my blog. the link and photo look perfectly normal to me... at least they do now.

i hope it works for you though... i think you'd find it fascinating!

02 November, 2006 15:10  
Blogger Sheamus the... said...

I know Jeff Wadlow the director of Cry Wolfe. Actually I have his cell number in my phone.

Tom Shadyac=director of Ace Ventura, Patch Adams, Liar Liar, Dragonfly and the Nutty Professor critiqued one of my films.

I saw Tom Wilkinson(Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Rush Hour) at his premiere for "Normal" in LA.

I met the writers of Batman Forever in LA and they signed my copy of the movie(lol).

I think that is about it.

02 November, 2006 15:51  
Blogger ldbug said...

You are famous by association!!

I'm so bad at recognizing people. I'm sure I've seen a lot more celebs than I realize. I'm always with someone who points out that we're sitting next to, or walking by or whatever, someone famous. Only then do I even notice!!

02 November, 2006 16:19  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

I love Sister Wendy, and we were just talking about her a few days ago...some friends had bought her dvds on art history. I'd love to hear about her encounter. Apparently she is not a fan of the Impressionists.

I've worked on a lot of movies and with musicians over the years...but oddly...some of my favourite celebrity encounters have been just walking by people on the street or seeing them at bars by coincidence.

Encounters on the street or in a restaurant/bar: Rosaana Arquette, Judd Nelson, Robert Di Niro, and I stood in a movie line up next to David Suzuki and Atom Egoan. It's always a surprise how SMALL and short performers/musicians/actors are...that has usually been my major reaction.

02 November, 2006 16:30  
Blogger Camie Vog said...

Great list*A !! Thanks for putting your list up.

Oddly enough, I had a dream with you and Red in it last night...very strange. Does Red have greenish blue eyes that really sparkle?

02 November, 2006 16:31  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: Sister Wendy is a nun-turned-art critic who wrote a few book and made a BBC Tv series. Jackie Mason is an old-school Jewish American entertainer. Like your list. Nick Cave is cool.

RD: That's funny!

4D: Yeah, maybe. But it got better after that.

Karen: Wow, you spoke to Princess Di, the Queen of Hearts. That's cool. And yeah, Tanya's celebs are good. I want them for my list...

02 November, 2006 16:58  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martino: Really, Angelina in your shower?! No. Way.

Suze: Phil Oakey is cool. Alan Bennett too. Look forward to hearing some updates as and when.

Martha: Thanks pet. Yeah, your one post was just not behaving itself this morning; it's okay now, though.

Sheamus: Cool list. Guess you've been away with Adam, then! Your comment reminded me of a couple more, which I've added to my list now. Thanks.

02 November, 2006 17:01  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

LDBug: I guess I am! I'm pretty good at recognizing famous people in the street, as it happens, and I'm certain you must have passed some but didn't know it. Go on, make some up!

Candy: Good list you've got there. I'll e-mail you about Sis Wendy. Nothing very major, though.

Camie: You're welcome. It was great fun actually. That's rad that you dreamed about us. Red has eyes that are more blue-grey than green-blue, but they often sparkle.

02 November, 2006 17:04  
Blogger Life, or Something Like It said...

What do I have to do to meet Adam Ant? For cryng out loud, you'n Camie are just making me feel left out...My list is nowhere as impressive as yours..I see bump into Duran Duran in Toronto back in the 80's. That was kinda cool.

02 November, 2006 18:17  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

LOSLI: These days, difficult to say; although he recently did a series of book signings in the UK. Maybe he'll hit Canada on a North American book tour, too?

02 November, 2006 18:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2. Adam Ant, fucking icon

oh. my. god. *faints* holy rockin my goody two shoes right off my feet *drools* wow. i would have died right then and there. in his arms. with the biggest stupid grin on my face. it would look so bad my family would have to give me a closed casket funeral

in which he would attend. :p
let me dream damnit.

02 November, 2006 19:14  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Yasamin: Calm down, pet! Yes, we met, shook hands, he signed my CD and jacket, and off I went, while he dealt with the next dork in the queue.

02 November, 2006 20:10  
Blogger The_'Real'_Batman said...

I met with Liam Gallagher once.

I asked him if he liked Robbie Williams, as they originated at the same time.

He swore at me

02 November, 2006 20:29  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Batman: I bet you won't do that again in a hurry, will you?!

02 November, 2006 20:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great list! My husband tells me I should make a detailed list of everyone I've met that way when I'm old and senile, I will have something to look at. My question is, when I'm old, will I really give a shit? Who knows, maybe I will, but it will be a bit too long to post. I've met a lot of people, never Adam Ant, though, that's cool.

02 November, 2006 21:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, ok, I liked Adam Ant too, but hell...isn't he like 83 by now? Does he still make music?

02 November, 2006 22:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice list and great memory!!!

Heck, if I didn't blog about the people i recently sat near, I wouldn't remember them at all.

Only famous people that come to mind immediately is Joan Jett (1988). And Joan Armetrading (1989). I waited on Jett when I was 18 and I Hung backstage at a Wolf Trap concert with Armetradings band and met her YEARS ago.

03 November, 2006 01:53  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Melanie: Thanks. Go on, I'd love to read yours, too. Even if Adam Ant isn't there.

Lee: No, he's 52. Not making any music right now, no...

Olives: I know I've missed some off, and if any more spring to mind I'll add them in. What is it with you and people called Joan?

Word veri: fckuhxr

03 November, 2006 08:46  
Blogger mister anchovy said...

I once stood behind a chain-smoking Mary Tyler Moore in a line up for the Museum of Modern Art in NY.

03 November, 2006 22:35  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Standing behind anyone chain-smoking can't be any fun. Worse still when you don't want a cause a scene by asking someone famous to stop. Or maybe this was back in the days when it was okay to smoke in people's faces?

06 November, 2006 11:07  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

awesome! didn't really like her character on friends so much, but she did a good job playing her... i really gotta get out more... i've not met or even seen many famous people

(i think i made my list in red's comment section of her list)

06 November, 2006 16:07  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

It's not fair really since I used to be in the "Meedja" and met loads of them, but out of that context I literally bumped into Jane Russell in Ronnie Scott's one night. (She is taller than me and my eyes met her nipples)Actual frottal contact took place.(frottal?)

Gordon Jackson (Hudson the butler, and "The Professionals") gave me a lift when I was hitching to London.

Alan Bennet stared at me several times when I was dining alone in the same restaurant. (I was 18 and had long blond hair)

Anthony Head (Gold Blend, Buffy, Little Britain) kissed my present wife.

When I lived in Bristol we were always tripping over cables in the street belonging to the Casualty crew, all of whom I saw on a regular basis, along with Baldrick and Queenie from Blackadder, oh yes and the McGanns.

My favourite encounter was something you do not often get and that is a star in the checkout queue. I was right next to Michael Fish in Waitrose in Sheen. His basket consisted of a tin of mackerel, prawn cocktail crisps and a six pack of special brew.

09 November, 2006 16:00  
Blogger wrinkled weasel said...

ok, I lied about the contents of Michael Fish's basket.

09 November, 2006 16:01  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martha: No, I never really liked her either, whether in Friends or Cold Feet.

WW: Well, hello there! That's a good little lump of people you mention there. And you were a bit of a wag about Michael Fish. I bought it for a moment.

10 November, 2006 14:55  

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