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Old 08-12-2011, 16:45
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I used to work as a regular extra on Home and Away. I can confirm that Ray Meagher is absolutely lovely and was always very friendly. He would always say a cheery hello and would chat. Cornelia Frances was friendly enough though very posh. Loved her.

I once shared a dressing room with Chris Hemsworth when he played Kim on the soap. He went on to star in Thor. He struck up a conversation with me and was very very friendly and asked me about the UK and we talked about the Aussie actors who go over there to do panto.

Lyn Collingwood and Lynne McGranger are also very friendly and come across much like their characters.

I worked on several shows and Home and Away was always the most fun to work on. Everyone would chat to us humble extras unlike others shows and there was nobody I disliked. I found Kate Ritchie very shy but that is hardly a criticism. I miss it.

Below is my first "starring" role as an extra on the show playing a patient with severe burns.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6iw41jOipM
Ooh well done you. That was quite dramatic. Looks like fun!
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Old 08-12-2011, 17:37
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Ooh well done you. That was quite dramatic. Looks like fun!
It was a good laugh. I remember they took a while to get the scene right and as authentic as they could before one of the crew said out loud "It's only Home and Away for goodness sake." Happy days.
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Old 08-12-2011, 18:02
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A blast from the 1970s. One of the friendliest show biz people I met was around the late 1990s. I went with my mum to see Opportunity Knocks winner and pianist Bobby Crush perform at the Cafe Royale in London. I enjoyed the concert so much I wrote to him via his agent. Bobby wrote a lovely letter back to me and sent me a signed CD. I wrote back to him to thank him and he sent me back another signed CD.

Then out of the blue he phoned me at home and we talked for about half and hour and he invited me out to dinner. We had a lovely dinner together at Joe Allen's Bar in London West End. Everyone in there seemed to know him. We are still in touch and have caught up a couple of times since. A lovely man
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Old 10-12-2011, 18:24
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I haven't met any rude celebs, thankfully. Ones I have met:
- Cerys Matthews: really lovely, signed autographs for us after one of her gigs even though she had her baby son with her, and I chatted to her a bit about the gig. Her keyboard player gave us crisps.
- Space: met them a few times and they're a great bunch of guys, really friendly and willing to talk to fans, and not at all up themselves - quite the opposite. I'm so happy they got back together. And Tommy Scott is tiny in real life!
- Simon Rimmer (TV chef) is a good mate of my uncle's and was best man at his wedding. He was a nice guy but I think they've lost touch and the celebrity might have gone to his head.

Paul Heaton out of the Housemartins / Beautiful South lives in my area and I've seen him around a couple of times, but didn't want to approach him cos first time he looked miserable and second time, he was with his wife and kids. My mum sold him a cake at the Didsbury Festival once.

My brother's met the Zutons - apparently the singer's an arse, but the rest of them are nice - Lenny Henry when he was really little, Ian Brown (got an autograph off him - he jokingly asked for 50p), Stewart Lee (and he's on the front of his new book!), Lee Mavers from the La's, the Mighty Boosh (they're lovely, apparently), and he got onto some rock band's tourbus - I think it was the Icarus Line, but not sure.

My mum's met quite a few celebs in her time cos she worked for the Daily Telegraph, and cos my dad was a civil servant and got involved with the Labour party. Elton John was one of them, though I can't remember what she said about him. Timmy Mallett went to the same uni, as her, and apparently he was an obnoxious little git and a sleaze back then and asked her out. Fortunately, she knocked him back. And she met Stuart Maconie at Latitude and said he was a nice guy, although her boyfriend doesn't like his professional Northerner shtik.

An old friend of mine went to school with Jennifer Ellison off Brookside and said she was horrible, really up herself.

Also, I can't hate Tony Blair cos he knew my dad and he sent us a nice letter after my dad died. Apparently he used to get our number confused with Gordon Brown's and accidentally ring us!
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Old 10-12-2011, 19:04
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Haven't met him myself (unfortunately) but my brother in law drives for a well known food delivery firm and says that Professor Brian Cox is a really lovely bloke. Always takes his stuff in himself (when he's there), is very chatty and always offers a glass of water or cup of tea.
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Old 10-12-2011, 19:09
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Also, I've been reading through the thread and saw this:
Hi- this is my first post.
I met Christopher Eccleston after a play at The Lowry and he was just lovely- bit embarrassed by the attention but really patient and sweet.
Machine Head- at a record signing, really spaced out but sweet guys.
This makes me happy as Christopher Eccleston is my favourite Doctor next to Jon Pertwee (and I read a really lovely story about him in another thread, apparently he was a nice bloke in real life, as is Colin Baker), and I'm a Machine Head fan. I'm a bit nervous about meeting my favourite bands as some of them are apparently knobends, but it's good when you meet a band and they turn out to be lovely. Like I said, I was a bit nervous about meeting Cerys, because I was worried she might be a bitch, but she isn't at all.

I'm guessing you live in Manchester? One of my mates worked in Schuh, on Market Street, and she said Corrie actresses were always coming in, and the girl who played Rosie Webster is really obnoxious in real life.

The Cilla stories don't surprise me. She is very hated in Liverpool.

And I've just remembered that I met Lottie - she's a DJ - at Glastonbury when I was checking tickets. Her brother did some work on our house and I recognised her real name. Not into that sort of music myself, but she seemed friendly enough.
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Old 12-12-2011, 16:46
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Was talking to my mate and apparently few months back, she met Antony Cotton at some place, to organise event or sommat. And apparently he was really horrible and rude...
So, it only makes me think now that he has appeared on "I'm a Celeb", he might be walking around Manny thinking he is the "bigger Z lister".


Now that I reflect, I have actually seen two people more famous than Dev off corrie.
It was last year near Manny Crown Court (I had to witness a case (the one in Spinningfields)) anyway I was walking (from WH Smiths) as I bought my lunch and saw Jamie Macguire and Micky Maguire off Shameless posing for cameras. I wanted to meet them though and shake their hands like but never happened...
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Old 12-12-2011, 21:55
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Helen Rollason...(Grandstand presenter) Utter vile woman, dont mean to speak ill of the dead, but i worked in Dixons Brentwood and she was the rudest woman i have ever served. The manager asked her to leave.

Ross Kemp (in Dixons again) Was a pleasure.....sold him a playstation, demonstrated it with him, he bought it, then came back an hour later with tickets to his rugby game for all the staff.

Frank Bruno....again in Dixons, was in there to buy a camcorder after Franklin jr was born....phone rang and he picked it up saying "Dixons Romford...Frank Bruno speaking" then did his trademark laugh. Whoever was on the other end hung up. haha!


Steve Davis (snooker) horrible man
I've had some great laughs with Steve Davis. He can be a bit arrogant and doesn't tend to give people too much of his time if there are a lot of people waiting to see him, but to describe him as 'horrible' is not consistent with my experiences. He can be very, very funny.
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Old 12-12-2011, 23:22
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Just wondering if anybody's met Angelina Jolie, she seems nice in interviews but I was wondering what she's like off duty.
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Old 12-12-2011, 23:30
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Just wondering if anybody's met Angelina Jolie, she seems nice in interviews but I was wondering what she's like off duty.
Don't think she ever socialises with mere mortals.

Having said that so scathingly, I do remember locals being interviewed (she had been renting a house in the area) and they were all very complimentary about her.
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Old 12-12-2011, 23:32
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A blast from the 1970s. One of the friendliest show biz people I met was around the late 1990s. I went with my mum to see Opportunity Knocks winner and pianist Bobby Crush perform at the Cafe Royale in London. I enjoyed the concert so much I wrote to him via his agent. Bobby wrote a lovely letter back to me and sent me a signed CD. I wrote back to him to thank him and he sent me back another signed CD.

Then out of the blue he phoned me at home and we talked for about half and hour and he invited me out to dinner. We had a lovely dinner together at Joe Allen's Bar in London West End. Everyone in there seemed to know him. We are still in touch and have caught up a couple of times since. A lovely man
Aww it so nice to read that.
(Haven't a clue who Bobby Crush is but he sounds like a good 'un.)
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Old 12-12-2011, 23:36
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Just wondering if anybody's met Angelina Jolie, she seems nice in interviews but I was wondering what she's like off duty.
From what I heard, Angelina is actually a really nice, thoughtful and kind person.

Apparently she is quite a nice person. Quite stunning in flesh.

I never met her- not like she is going to turn up in L'pool or Manny at a drop of a hat. From what I heard, it is quite positive.
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Old 14-12-2011, 08:48
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I know DigitalSpy posters know everything but just in case it hasn't been mentioned - Anthony Cotton is a lifelong depression sufferer.

Just bear that in mind.
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Old 14-12-2011, 11:56
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I know DigitalSpy posters know everything but just in case it hasn't been mentioned - Anthony Cotton is a lifelong depression sufferer.

Just bear that in mind.
And that's meant to be some kind of excuse is it? I didn't realise that one of the symptoms of depression was being a rude, arrogant pillock

Speaking as someone who's only recently come off anti depressants this is a load of codswallop.
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Old 14-12-2011, 14:47
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I know DigitalSpy posters know everything but just in case it hasn't been mentioned - Anthony Cotton is a lifelong depression sufferer.

Just bear that in mind.
I don't think any of us need to bear anything of the sort "in mind".

In fact, I put it to you, and Mr Cotton in fact, that perhaps a career in the public eye was not the best choice, if such an illness (especially a "lifelong" one) leads to an inability to deal with people on even the most basic level without being a complete t*sspot.
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Old 14-12-2011, 15:05
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I met him while he was still the Doctor; he asked my sister (who was only small!) what her name was, then told her that was his favourite name. Then he offered me a jelly baby - in fact, he let me take 2 - and I'm not the giggly type, but I giggled at him!

A friend of mine once told me that her mother bumped into Peter O'Toole, who was looking a bit the worse for wear. She said to him 'you're Peter O'Toole aren't you?' and he clutched his head and said 'not this morning I'm not!'

The one person I've always been jealous of was a woman I used to work with - years before she had met Yul Brynner when he was in London (this was the last time he did The King and I there). She mentioned she was going to see the show a few days later, for her birthday, and he told her to come to the stage door and he'd arrange for her to come backstage. Not only did he do that, but when she arrived, he presented her with a bottle of champagne and a huge bouquet of flowers. I was always impressed by that!
^^ Now that is pretty cool
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Old 14-12-2011, 16:54
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I've met Gary Numan on many many occasions and he's truly a lovely bloke, always has time for his fans, never refuses autographs, always poses for photos

I've seen him 79 times and it got to the point where he used to acknowledge me and I even went to his wedding (my best mate's brother lived in the next house to him)

Debbie Harry - bumped into her in a cafe in Manchester Piccadily Gardens, she was so lovely, down to earth

Toyah - Met her a few times again lovely

Kajagoogoo - all lovely guys, friends with Limahl on facebook, he even sent me a signed photo when he found out I was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and when my mum died in September


Not so nice

Anthony Cotton, what a jumped up, pathetic excuse of a man, just so far up his own backside
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Old 14-12-2011, 17:03
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I know DigitalSpy posters know everything but just in case it hasn't been mentioned - Anthony Cotton is a lifelong depression sufferer.

Just bear that in mind.
I don't see that as any excuse for him behaving like a total tosspot.

It was because of Cotton that I gave up watching Corrie before I got a case of permanent depression.
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Old 14-12-2011, 17:45
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I know DigitalSpy posters know everything but just in case it hasn't been mentioned - Anthony Cotton is a lifelong depression sufferer.

Just bear that in mind.
That is no excuse. I know people around (close family) who have had depression. I can see the effect it has on people. One thing it doesn't do, make you the big "I am" and neither does it make you arrogant.
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Old 14-12-2011, 18:18
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I have never met anyone famous personally. with the exception that Jools Holland who bumped into me coming out of a music shop in Denmark Street in London. it would have been about 1979. he did say sorry.

however back in the early 1990's my dad wrote a book and the publishers PR company got him on the interview circuit for a couple of weeks. so he met quite a few people over and over that couple of weeks as they were doing the circuit too.

dad met Iain macshane about 3 times and said what a terrific guy he was. chatty and very funny. they went for a drink in the BBC bar and dad had a terrific time. although iain mcshane was a big actor - he treated dad as a total equal.

dad also met lynsey de paul who was very sweet and kind. dad became poorly at one interview she organised and paid for a cab to get him home. lovely lady.

dad met rick parfitt on TVAM, and bless him, dad had no idea who he was. which rick parfitt thought was hilarious.

the one guy dad loathed was derek jameson. at the time derek jameson was doing a late night show on radio 2 with his wife ellen. dad went onto the programme and said that jameson treated him with total contempt. of course dad was a nobody and jameson really made sure he knew it. however at the same time jameson sucked up to lindsay de paul something rotten. she was quite uncomfortable and embarassed with derek jameson's attitude to dad and as the records played between the chats lyndsey de paul told derek jameson he was being rude. funny enough jamesons wife ellen was lovely. very helpful to an amateur like dad.

my mum came off the best though. she used to go with dad to keep him company. and whilst he was being interviewed, she would wait in the green room. well one interview (think it was steve wright when he was on radio 1, but not positive) this guy sits down next to mum and starts chatting about his garden. it was terry wogan. he sat and talked to mum for nearly an hour about his garden and as mum liked gardening she was suggesting plants he could get.

he was so nice and down to earth. none of the big showbiz stuff even though terry wogan was a huge star in the early 90's. mum liked him already. she thought he was amazing after that.

(PS - dad thought steve wright was up was really himself )
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Old 14-12-2011, 18:25
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the one guy dad loathed was derek jameson. at the time derek jameson was doing a late night show on radio 2 with his wife ellen. dad went onto the programme and said that jameson treated him with total contempt. of course dad was a nobody and jameson really made sure he knew it. however at the same time jameson sucked up to lindsay de paul something rotten. she was quite uncomfortable and embarassed with derek jameson's attitude to dad and as the records played between the chats lyndsey de paul told derek jameson he was being rude. funny enough jamesons wife ellen was lovely. very helpful to an amateur like dad.
'Do they mean me, they surely do!?'

I remember when Jameson became a DJ on Radio Two in 1986, The Sun wrote an editorial saying he was a real man of the people, but admitted he sounded as if he had been 'gargling with vinegar,' while columnist Lynda Lee Potter, alluding to some high-profile woman who had said she liked Derek, said she thought the woman must have very poor eyesight and be extremely hard of hearing!
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Old 14-12-2011, 19:08
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Anne and Maureen Nolan - lovely lovely ladies
Brotherhood of Man - really friendly despite the fact a colleague thought they were ABBA
David Van Day - VILE, humourless nasty man!
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Old 14-12-2011, 19:18
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Anne and Maureen Nolan - lovely lovely ladies
Brotherhood of Man - really friendly despite the fact a colleague thought they were ABBA
David Van Day - VILE, humourless nasty man!
The way he dumped that woman, live on The Wright Stuff, that was just cruel, humiliating and nasty. I could well believe you about him being nasty. He comes across as arrogant and smarmy to me.
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Old 14-12-2011, 21:35
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All the celebrities I've met have been lovely

A few of my favourites;
Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean and Karen Barber - 3 of the loveliest people you could meet. Always happy to sign autographs, have pictures taken and genuinelly seem to care about their fans. Karen actually lent me her shawl earlier this year after we'd been waiting outside in the cold and after we missed Jayne she actually came back out to see us and pass on an autograph from her and Chris to thank us for the gifts, which I thought was a lovely thing to do.
In general pretty much everyone involved with Dancing On Ice are lovely. They all seem to get on well and take time with fans.

Patsy Kensit; Can't even tell you how nice she is. Took a card and gift for her when we went to watch Strictly but she was on the phone. I don't like to interrupt so I just tried to hand her the gift, but she hung up the phone so that she could chat to us for a while. She signed and personalised my programme and had pictures with us. Then when I said how nice it was to have met her, she said 'don't be silly, you're gorgeous, it was nice meeting you' and gave me a kiss on the cheek

Pamela Stephenson; met her just after seeing Patsy and she was just as lovely. Had a chat with her about dancing, skating, a book she was working on. She was asking questions about us and in general she was just a really lovely lady.

Cherie Lunghi; exactly as she seems on TV, a proper lady. She was very gracious and kind and seemed so worried that we'd been stood outside in the cold for so long. Got a great photo with her and a lovely autograph. And when she went she told us to 'go somewhere and warm up'

Ruthie Henshall; delightful lady. Met her a couple of times and she was happy to have a chat, photo, sign. Plus she called me 'honey' which is always nice.

Bonnie Langford is a very pleasant lady, down-to-earth and really friendly. Same with Clare Buckfield sat chatting to her for ages in a bar whilst she looked after a dog for her friend.

Suzanne Shaw and Kyran Bracken once sang Time to Say Goodbye to me and my friend, when we met them in the street after seeing Dancing on Ice.

Roxanne Pallett, Melinda Messenger, Emily Atack, Kara Tointon and Tina O'Brien deserve mentions for being really sweet girls.

My entire family have met Gethin Jones and all conclude that he's a great guy. Really friendly, chatty, down-to-earth and pleasant. Same for Matt Baker and Ricky Whittle.

Len Goodman is great with a crowd and if you ask for a photo, you'll always get a great one. He very funny and a proper gentleman.

Also worked as an extra in 'Soulboy'. Felicity Jones was fabulous. Really chatty and very friendly. Quite often she'd come down to our dressing room and have a chat to see how we were all doing.
Also met Bruce Jones whilst doing that. He is just as you'd imagine, a real crowd pleaser and a very funny guy.
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Old 15-12-2011, 11:53
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I know DigitalSpy posters know everything but just in case it hasn't been mentioned - Anthony Cotton is a lifelong depression sufferer.

Just bear that in mind.
Fair enough, and as someone living with the same intermittent affliction for over 25 years, my sympathies. I would also argue that it doesn't give me licence to behave like a t*at with other people on a regular basis. They have feelings too and, despite my hatred of said affliction, it doesn't make me any more 'precious' than anyone else.
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