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Old 11-11-2012, 20:14
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Kim Wilde - this was a while ago when she was a household name - was just the nicest, chattiest person. A bunch of us were in a hotel bar in the Midlands just after she'd recorded an edition of the Radio 1 Music Marathon, and she and some blokes she was with just came over and joined us.
Agree that Kim Wilde is absolutely lovely. I've done lots of backing singing (and met quite a few celebs), and she was just a treat. In fact, I didn't recognise her, and assumed she was production crew, because she was so warm, chatty, and friendly!

Others:

Rod Stewart's an absolute gent (and very short...).
Donny Osmond also (and I'd like the number of his plastic surgeon and his dentist, please)
Parky's a cheeky one, in a good way
Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock) - funny, scatty, sweet, and very pretty
Anna Friel - used to live near her, very normal
Richard Briers - used to live opposite him; a really decent "neighbour" to the extent you'd forget who he was!

Bad-uns:

Certain Popera "stars"...I'll say no more.
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Old 11-11-2012, 20:31
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OH has looked after many celebs in his time and the nicest by far he says is Matthew Pinsent. A real gent and totally unaffected.
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Old 11-11-2012, 21:04
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Remembered another one, although it's strictly my brother's and not mine.

Many years ago, Status Quo were doing one of their farewell concerts in Bridlington. My brother (about 10 at the time) met them on the seafront - he was their biggest fan - and asked them if they'd wait while he cycled home to get an album for them to sign. And even though it was a 20 minute round trip, they actually waited for him, and he still has the album.

Top blokes.
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Old 11-11-2012, 21:20
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Remembered another one, although it's strictly my brother's and not mine.

Many years ago, Status Quo were doing one of their farewell concerts in Bridlington. My brother (about 10 at the time) met them on the seafront - he was their biggest fan - and asked them if they'd wait while he cycled home to get an album for them to sign. And even though it was a 20 minute round trip, they actually waited for him, and he still has the album.

Top blokes.
Top men indeed! Great tale!
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Old 11-11-2012, 21:29
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Agree that Kim Wilde is absolutely lovely. I've done lots of backing singing (and met quite a few celebs), and she was just a treat. In fact, I didn't recognise her, and assumed she was production crew, because she was so warm, chatty, and friendly!

Others:

Rod Stewart's an absolute gent (and very short...).
Donny Osmond also (and I'd like the number of his plastic surgeon and his dentist, please)
Parky's a cheeky one, in a good way
Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock) - funny, scatty, sweet, and very pretty
Anna Friel - used to live near her, very normal
Richard Briers - used to live opposite him; a really decent "neighbour" to the extent you'd forget who he was!

Bad-uns:

Certain Popera "stars"...I'll say no more.
You say no more but please give us a clue
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Old 11-11-2012, 21:34
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I first saw Lenny Henry at a station in Kent where he had been appearing in the theatre, a group of young kids ran up to him and asked him for his autograph, he told them to F*** off, the next time was at a charity do and he was the speaker, he was all over everyone when he was performing, later in the bar the man who had hired him thanked him, he said "Look, I have finished working now, just piss off and leave me alone".
If celebrities don't want attention, why the hell did they choose a career where getting attention was a certainty?
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:31
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I first saw Lenny Henry at a station in Kent where he had been appearing in the theatre, a group of young kids ran up to him and asked him for his autograph, he told them to F*** off, the next time was at a charity do and he was the speaker, he was all over everyone when he was performing, later in the bar the man who had hired him thanked him, he said "Look, I have finished working now, just piss off and leave me alone".
Bit much towards the guy that actually hired him.

That guy may have wanted to use him again for something else.

I know if someone said to me in the same situation, 'Let's use Lenny Henry again, as he was good last time', I would point out what happened in that situation.

Thankfully the job I'm in does not involve me in that sort of thing!
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:46
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You say no more but please give us a clue
Specifically a certain tenor who makes a living off singing Nessun Dorma a third down. Very rude to the sound guys. NEVER be rude to the sound guys. Not sensible if you want to sound good.
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:51
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Specifically a certain tenor who makes a living off singing Nessun Dorma a third down. Very rude to the sound guys. NEVER be rude to the sound guys. Not sensible if you want to sound good.
Russell Watson? Alfie Boe?
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:57
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Nicest celeb I ever met was Bob Hope.

Babs Windsor, Gloria Hunniford and Christopher Biggins are wonderful, full of fun and speaks to everyone.

Gary Barlow, nice enough but boring.

But Kim Kardashian for some unknown reason thinks she's a super star and surrounds herself with huge bodyguards, and will not talk to anyone off camera.

Excited to meet Bradley Wiggins but very demanding.. I guess he was having a bad day
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:58
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Specifically a certain tenor who makes a living off singing Nessun Dorma a third down. Very rude to the sound guys. NEVER be rude to the sound guys. Not sensible if you want to sound good.
Is that the same as don't p*** off the autocue operators too?
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:59
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Agree that Kim Wilde is absolutely lovely. I've done lots of backing singing (and met quite a few celebs), and she was just a treat. In fact, I didn't recognise her, and assumed she was production crew, because she was so warm, chatty, and friendly!

Others:

Rod Stewart's an absolute gent (and very short...).
Donny Osmond also (and I'd like the number of his plastic surgeon and his dentist, please)
Parky's a cheeky one, in a good way
Andrew Scott (Moriarty in Sherlock) - funny, scatty, sweet, and very pretty
Anna Friel - used to live near her, very normal
Richard Briers - used to live opposite him; a really decent "neighbour" to the extent you'd forget who he was!

Bad-uns:

Certain Popera "stars"...I'll say no more.


Do they sound similar to divas?
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Old 11-11-2012, 22:59
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My husband used to work for a company that shared the premises with a chauffer company who had the contract to transport VIP's to Hoylake golf course during the open.

One of the drivers -Mike- came back with a funny story.

He'd dropped some people off at the course and a guy he knew walked past. Mike said hello and asked how he was. The guy replied I'm OK, how are you? Mike was surprised that he had an American accent and couldn't place him, but knew he'd seen him around. Another VIP walked past and said "Hi George, how are you?"

Mike suddenly realised that he'd been chatting to George Clooney, !!
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Old 11-11-2012, 23:29
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[quote=Eddie Badger;62269721]
The nicest and most cheerful and upbeat person on Twitter is someone whom I'm very pleased to follow and who has RT'd me several times and answered me too now and then. Pete Best - the Beatles' drummer from 1960-62 whom they dumped in favour of Ringo just when they hit the big time. He is a great man and someone whom I've a great deal of time for. Check him out.

Lots of other good people on Twitter - but I'm still on cloud 9 at the moment because Ian Rankin RT'd me yesterday and spoke to me there. He is, of course, a very good and famous author, writer of the Inspector Rebus novels. [/QUOTE]

I was talking to someone who works in a large bookstore and he speaks very highly of Ian Rankin.
Met him an Edinburgh bookstore and he happily stood talking to my Grandma for about 15 minutes as she is a huge fan of his books. We sweet and very normal man. You would never have guessed he was this famous author.
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Old 11-11-2012, 23:36
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Gareth Malone is a very good actor...
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Old 11-11-2012, 23:39
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If celebrities don't want attention, why the hell did they choose a career where getting attention was a certainty?
They are only concerned with the bigger audience, if there are no cameras there they don't want to know.

Bit much towards the guy that actually hired him.

That guy may have wanted to use him again for something else.

I know if someone said to me in the same situation, 'Let's use Lenny Henry again, as he was good last time', I would point out what happened in that situation.

Thankfully the job I'm in does not involve me in that sort of thing!
It was horrible, the poor bloke was humiliated in front of everyone in the bar and he had paid Henry a lot of money to be unfunny that night,a lot of us heard what he said and I think the word went round and nobody hires him for those sort of events anymore.... What annoys me more is his Children in need stuff, he doesn't give a toss, the way he spoke to those kids at the station was disgusting.
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Old 11-11-2012, 23:47
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The thing I find puzzling about the witch that is Cilla Black is that she is apparently best mates with someone who IS (by all accounts) a nice person - Paul O'Grady! I usually go by the old saying 'you can judge a man by the company he keeps' so I'm starting to go off him now.

I'm beginning to think that when you hear one celebrity say of another 'He's/she's the nicest person in showbusiness' that the mean 'He's/she's the nicest person in showbusiness - to other people in showbusiness - but if you're a pleb - forget it!'
Spot on there.

Cilla is fine with other famous people but how she treats the public is a different matter.

A workmate was telling me about a relative who did building work for her a few years ago and she was an absolute b*tch. She spoke in her 'real' accent too which is nothing like the fake scouse one she uses. He said he'd never been treated so badly and would never work for her again.

Thank God we don't see much of her on tv anymore.
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Old 12-11-2012, 00:38
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Specifically a certain tenor who makes a living off singing Nessun Dorma a third down. Very rude to the sound guys. NEVER be rude to the sound guys. Not sensible if you want to sound good.

This. Oh SO this.

It's so easy to strip out or overload a frequency and make a perfectly pleasant speaker or singer sound reedy or muddy. Killing off the upper partial harmonics will turn any voice or instrument into a pancake of uninspiring noise. "Forget" a filter, and the speaker's voice is broadcast to the nation with all its accompanying spit pops and lip smacks - and even a few which aren't actually really there at all.

Three people you never upset: the VAT inspector, the waiter, and the sound engineer.

Not that I would ever be caught doing such things, you understand.
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Old 12-11-2012, 00:41
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She almost certainly has millions in the bank and there is no longer the need for her to work. Some showbiz types want to continue working until they are ga-ga or they drop but others prefer to bow out well before that.
Cough " Brucie " cough
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:03
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Do they sound similar to divas?
Hmm I got it now ''come together from all over the world''
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:11
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This. Oh SO this.

It's so easy to strip out or overload a frequency and make a perfectly pleasant speaker or singer sound reedy or muddy. Killing off the upper partial harmonics will turn any voice or instrument into a pancake of uninspiring noise. "Forget" a filter, and the speaker's voice is broadcast to the nation with all its accompanying spit pops and lip smacks - and even a few which aren't actually really there at all.

Three people you never upset: the VAT inspector, the waiter, and the sound engineer.

Not that I would ever be caught doing such things, you understand.
Mm-hmm. Best bit of career advice I ever had was "buy/make them coffee/tea, and bring them biscuits. They are your FRIENDS".

And to clarify, it's Mr Watson. I can forgive a certain amount of chippiness, as he seems to suffer badly from performance nerves, but being an out and out @rse doesn't work for me.
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Old 12-11-2012, 15:46
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Do they sound similar to divas?
Hmm I got it now ''come together from all over the world''

- It's seems I was totally wrong again!!!
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Old 12-11-2012, 16:08
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Nicest celeb I ever met was Bob Hope.

Babs Windsor, Gloria Hunniford and Christopher Biggins are wonderful, full of fun and speaks to everyone.

Gary Barlow, nice enough but boring.

But Kim Kardashian for some unknown reason thinks she's a super star and surrounds herself with huge bodyguards, and will not talk to anyone off camera.

Excited to meet Bradley Wiggins but very demanding.. I guess he was having a bad day
I'm a fan of his accomplishments but I hear he has quite a lot of bad days, as does his wife. A rather prickly pair

Though considering all that he's achieved I suppose you can see how he'd get a bit narked over the years that he hasn't had a lot of recognition. In his autobiography there is a part about how he came back from winning two gold medals at the 2008 Olympics, and expected a hero's reception at Sports Personality of the Year. Instead they stuck him at the back, didn't interview him, and his wife wasn't even allowed in. He should have been a household name long before 2012 really.
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Old 13-11-2012, 14:19
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I read this story from a young lady who volunteered at this charity gala last September which Alan Rickman was introducing. She went in place of her friend who couldn't go because she was undergoing chemotherapy. She went to meet him along with another volunteering friend at the interval and said she found him to be intimidating at first but actually very lovely and sweet signing everything including her unwell friend's Harry Potter book and also chatted about how they came to volunteer at the event amongst other things. A few months later, they flew to New York to see Alan Rickman's new Broadway show and at the stage door, when he saw them, he said that he remembered them from the charity event and asked about their friend. Needless to say, they were utterly surprised by his thoughtfulness and it just made their trip.
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Old 13-11-2012, 15:09
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- It's seems I was totally wrong again!!!
Me too
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