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    Famous People You Have Spotted In The Wild

    As per thread title, who have you randomly seen?

    My list:

    John Betjemen - on the Southend Pier train
    John Cooper Clarke - used to see him around and about in Southend years ago, and more recently getting on a train in Colchester
    Bill Clinton - in Harrods
    Fish era Marillion - in the upper circle at the Hammersmith Odeon. Dont remember who was on
    John Peel and The Pig - in a pub, having a Sunday Roast
    Queen Elizabeth II - being driven along the Euston Road
    Tony Blair -pre-leadership, on one of Blackpool's piers (must have been Labour Conference)

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    Sebastian Vettel queuing up behind me at Stafford Classic Motorcycle Show. Best of all no one was bothering him for selfies :)

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    Mick Jagger in Covent Garden
    Samuel L Jackson in M&S Hyde Park Corner
    Jennifer Saunders in Harrods
    Ricky Gervais in Hampstead (but who hasnít)
    Nik Kershaw near Gt Bardfield
    Paul Young Tesco Express Barnet
    Clare Grogan on tube, also Tanita Tikarem and her brother (canít remember his first name) on tube
    Helena Bonham Carter at bank.
    Kathryn Ryan at my local Gailís

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    Cillian Murphy sat in the business class lounge in Dublin Airport.
    Phil Thompson in Aberdeen Airport the other week.
    Matthew Kelly and his wife hiding behind a tree in Brentford.
    Philip Scofield in the Pitch n Piano pub in Richmond.
    Paul Weller sat 2 tables down having breakfast in the Wolseley London.
    Michelle Keegan (what a absolute stunner in real life) & Mark Wright in Dubai Lounge after their honeymoon.
    Nigella Lawson sat outside having a coffee in London.

    Wish I knew what Matthew Kelly was up to that day haha...

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    Tom Cruise - sold him an ice cream at longleat.
    Harry from Spooks - John Lewis High Wycombe
    Prof Green - selfridges.
    Colin Jackson - plane to St Lucia; lovely chap.

    Prof Green wasnít quite a spot, neither of us saw each other and he basically body checked me by complete accident. Heís huge and a real gent afterwards, so apologetic and polite.

    Oh and Theresa May on an escalator in Reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martylaa View Post
    Matthew Kelly and his wife hiding behind a tree in Brentford.

    Wish I knew what Matthew Kelly was up to that day haha...
    Might have been having a pee ??

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    Was once behind David Beckham and David Walliams in the priority immigration queue at LAX - they'd randomly been on the same flight together. My work colleague decided to strike up idle conversation. David Beckham came across very well - happy to chat. Walliams wanted nothing to do with us, you could tell the look of utter disgust on his face that someone was talking to him!

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    A few but one that springs to mind Gordan Banks, I had a chat and meal with him when I had a box at LC, nice guy.

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    Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks, some caravan park, c 1985.

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    Yrs ago, Michael Hutchence with gf Kylie in Alistair Little on Frith St. Adrian Vandenburg from Whitesnake shopping in Mcr. Others in various restaurants like The Ivy or Le Caprice. Prefer it when they are quiet not in a look at me or do you know who I am mode

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    Edward Woodward in a Chinese restaurant in Tavestock.
    Jensen Button in Monaco driving an open-top sports car.
    Princess Ann - Overtook her convoy with her driving the range-rover - on my bike heading up to Glenshee.
    Prince Andrew (the nonce) and Sarah Ferguson (she did cartwheels the length of the bar) at Greenwich Naval College.

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    From the football world, mainly because I have had a clue who they are..

    Gordon Banks c1974 Stoke Train Station.
    Francis Lee.
    Mike Summerbee
    Nobby Stiles
    David Platt
    Malcolm Allison
    Alex Ferguson
    Paul Power

    Others.

    Bob Willis
    Clive Lloyd
    Alex Higgins

    Joanne Whalley Kilmer
    Caroline Aherne
    John Thomson
    James Nesbitt
    Warren Mitchell
    Koo Stark
    Craig Charles
    Will Smith
    Peter Kay
    Roy Wood

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    Famous People You Have Spotted In The Wild

    The most embarrassing one for me was at Alicante airport waiting at the baggage reclaim. I tend to zone out and go into a world of my own but with my eyes open.

    When I zoned back in I was staring at Terry Venables who was looking straight back at me.

    On another occasion whilst waiting st Gatwick to board a plane, there was a lad in a hoodie giving someone (I assumed it was his girlfriend) a load of grief on the phone. I didnít know him from Adam but I was later told that it was Stephen Mulhern.

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    Mate of mine went to the toilets in the Virgin Lounge at Heathrow and came back telling me he had spotted Harrison Ford but when I went to have a butchers it was Nick Faldo.
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    Liam Gallagher on a flight to Chile the other weekend.

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    In the mid 80s I literally bumped (backed) into Christopher Lee (aka Dracula) at Munich Airport. He was very apologetic in that wonderful English way but scared the shit out of me regardless.

    Years later I used to see all sorts when I was doing the Monday out - Thursday night back commute from Glasgow Airport to Heathrow. Back when he was Chancellor I had to give way for Gordon Brown coming up the stairs from the gents in the British Midland business lounge. At the time it was quite the place for spotting famous bods ... assorted other MPs like John Reid and a young Douglas Alexander ... TV and media types like Robbie Coltraine (who looked dangerously obese even then back in the mid-90s), Krusty Allsop off Location Location Location which was quite big at the time, John Curtice the pollster ...

    Thank God I don't have to do it now I couldn't think of anything worse than sharing a space with the smug gits in the SNP contingent.

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    I've spotted a few infamous people in the wild in my time! I couldn't name names for obvious reasons!

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    William Holden bought me an ice cream whilst he tried to hit on my mother at the Red Star ferry Hong Kong 1960.
    I knocked David Platt over in Crewe when he rounded a corner and bumped into me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tixntox View Post
    I've spotted a few infamous people in the wild in my time! I couldn't name names for obvious reasons!
    Wow! Cool story, Dude !!!

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    I side stepped Billy Connelly on Piccadilly a couple of months ago. He was in a fantastically loud suit, but unfortunately had to be helped to walk. He was still smiling and saying hello to everyone that greeted him.
    Gillian Andersen, many years ago (20+) - I had no idea it was her, but I thought she was hot (only had warm beer in her fridge though)
    Quite a few Rugby Players over the years (played with quite a few)
    Dale Winton tried to chat me up once whilst having lunch in Chelsea, again many many years ago. I have never lived that down with the lads that were there. (I wonder why he gravitated to 20 something rugby players) he was a surprisingly large chap.
    I called Bob Geldof a **** once, he told me to **** off - ruined the party atmosphere somewhat)
    Vivian Westwood called me a **** once, whilst I walking down Bond Street and she was cycling on the pavement.
    Sat on a flight next to Denis Waterman and Robert Powell on a flight to Glasgow once. Both were really nice lads
    Saw Roger Moore walking down Sloane Street, I have never been more star struck!

    There are few more but they dits for sharing over a pint.
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    Eddie Jordan
    Paloma Faith
    Paul Whitehouse
    Jimmy Carr
    Nicola Sturgeon
    Robbie Coltrane
    Ian Duncan Smith
    Peter Davidson
    Chris Kamara
    Cyrus Todiwalla
    Rob Bryden
    Helena Kennedy KC
    Jay Rayner
    Ali McCoist
    Doon Machichen
    All in around Heathrow T5 and flights to and from Glasgow

    Sophie Ellis Bexter
    John Thompson
    On Avanti trains to London


    Jimmy Page in Kensington High Street

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    The only man to ever compliment me on one of my shirts was Chris Evans. While I was standing at a urinal having a wee.

    I've bumped into Derek Bell enough times to think he may be stalking me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kk View Post
    In the mid 80s I literally bumped (backed) into Christopher Lee (aka Dracula) at Munich Airport. He was very apologetic in that wonderful English way but scared the shit out of me regardless.
    Lol. There must be something about airports - a few years back I did the same (literal bump) to Mike Tyson at Heathrow. He was tiny but the two man-mountains alongside him were somewhat intimidating.

    All because I, being a prize muppet, had spotted the two paparazzi chaps that used to feature on one of those Heathrow documentary TV series, so was looking back at them without thinking there might be a good reason for their presenceÖ

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    Princess Di in WH Smiths Cirencester.

    Michael Heseltine in a lift in London
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    Prince Andrew in the Pizza Express in Woking...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwg663 View Post
    Prince Andrew in the Pizza Express in Woking...
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    Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow On a film set in Kent last week

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    Grant Bovey
    Damon Hill (miserable Sod)
    Sir Steve Redgrave
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    Jason Plato (very Nice guy)
    Renee Zellweger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christian View Post
    Was once behind David Beckham and David Walliams in the priority immigration queue at LAX - they'd randomly been on the same flight together. My work colleague decided to strike up idle conversation. David Beckham came across very well - happy to chat. Walliams wanted nothing to do with us, you could tell the look of utter disgust on his face that someone was talking to him!
    I have heard many colleagues say the same about Walliams when meeting / bumping into him. Seems a little above himself.

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    Grew up in Windsor, so we wonít do ĎThe Firmí

    Best one was having lunch in the Wolsey with David Tennant and Matt Smith at the next table discussing Doctor Who BEFORE the announcement that MS would be the new Doctor

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    A few that spring immediately to mind:
    Oz Clarke - in a Mayfair wine bar.
    Stephen Merchant - in a Soho pub.
    Ian McKellen - whilst walking along the Embankment.

    Plus a triple on the same day:
    BjŲrn Borg - in St Jamesís Square.
    Simon Callow - bumped into him when leaving a pub in the West End.
    Alex Salmond - in and outside the Ivy.

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    Bill Oddie in a coffee shop in Hampstead.
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    Flake from Rammstein in Galeries Lafayette in Berlin.

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    Jeremy Beadle in Cleethorpes Woolworths
    Dame Maggie Smith in The Swatter Carr Middlesborough
    Harry Styles in Gold Mine Amusements Canvey Island
    Michael Gambon Binley Mega Chippy
    Vanessa Paradis Barton Park Services
    Mike Tyson on Llandudno Pier
    Steve Davis at Sherwood Forest Center Parcs
    Rod Hull at Bali Intercontinental Jimbaran
    Oprah Winfrey in Wimpey Doncaster

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    Roger Moore in Copenhagen airport lounge
    Windsor Davies
    Gary Rhodes queuing at a burger van
    Jamie Oliver, sat behind him in London City airport departure lounge
    Victoria Silvedt, sat a few rows behind her on a plane

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    In terms of random "sightings"...

    Queen / Prince Philip - drove right past me in Cheltenham

    Bill Clinton (whilst President) - drove right past me in a convoy in LA in a clear glass-rear limousine

    Sean Connery - sat (almost) next to me at a key talk at the Edinburgh Film Festival

    Mick Jagger - sat (almost) next to me at one of (the last?) performances of Frost/Nixon in the West End

    Victoria Beckham - Harrods

    Bill Nighy - walked past me after coming out of a restaurant on Piccadilly (possibly quite drunk)

    Richard Keil (Jaws in a few Bond films) - in a wheelchair at LAX

    Talupe Falatau (Wales Rugby great) - sat next to me having a coffee in Bath

    Ross Brawn (F1 legend) - queued behind me for a smoothie in Reading

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwg663 View Post
    Prince Andrew in the Pizza Express in Woking...
    Did you notice if he were sweating


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    Bob geldof ,Lorraine chase ,ainsley Harriot all on kings road.
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    Greg davis


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    Had a few heaving drinking sessions with Chris Evans in the day and sat with Edward Norton on a long haul flight talking about watches, after he commented on my Sinn EZM1. Never once mentioned I knew him from films which I think made for a great flight for us both.

    Nearly forgot, Sean Connery swearing at me on a golf course in Spain, I was 14, messing about with my mate, not even playing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CamCG View Post
    Bill Nighy - walked past me after coming out of a restaurant on Piccadilly (possibly quite drunk)
    Nighy recently almost collided with me and Carlton-Browne near the F.O.
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    Played 90 minutes of footy with Bob Wilson, David van Day (Dollar) & Jack Wild (artful Dodger) on the other side for a celebrity charity football event.
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    Stood next to Frankie Howard in the Swan pub in Lancaster Gate years ago and watched him knock back three triple scotches in about 5 minutes.
    Most of the page 3 girls back in the early 80's when I worked for the Sun/News of the World.
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    Colin Jackson at the gate at Schiphol airport.
    Jack Charlton in a pub near Masham.
    And (the currently under investigation) Tim Westwood “keeping it real” in Kensington Whole Foods Market.

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    Helena Bonham Carter at the physio, she looked kinda dishevelled, bit grubby still hot though. Served Toyah dinner in a restaurant in London, Notting Hill...served drinks and had a chat with Frankie Knuckles same place, he gave me a mix tape. Donald Sutherland in the queue for Passport control in Montreal, Canada. David Walliams and fatty James Corden in Dallas Airport, passport control , again. Heather Small of M People in a Manchester hotel lobby bar, Pride weekend some years back. Rolf Harris back in the day before a radio show. when I was kid.
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    Continuing the flight theme...

    I was once sat behind Hugh Grant on a BA flight to Bologna. He was wearing a baseball cap and trying to go unnoticed but I remember the whole transfer bus looking at him and trying to sneak photos.

    My best crap spot...in 2010, I was sat behind Mercedes McQueen from Hollyoaks (no idea what the actress is called) on a Virgin Atlantic flight to Vegas. I overheard she was staying at the Wynn for a boozy weekend.

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    I brought a coffee to Bob Dylan in the 70s
    I flew from Paris to NY next to Emmylou Harris. I was 15 and a bit smitten. I met Mick Jagger on the bld St-Michel in Paris in the 80s, we spoke a few words but no one had recognised him and I didnít want to be the one that broke his cover so I tried to leave asap but he was really nice.
    There are quite a few personalities who were in my social circle in France (from my parents, my own or professionally) but would not mean much here.
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    Sat next to Colin Jackson on a flight from Bilbao to London

    Regularly see Rod Stewart and Penny in our local restaurants

    Saw David Beckham filling up his Ferrari in Tesco petrol station

    Stayed in the same hotel as Carl Froch in Dubai

    Saw Dennis Irwin and his family by the pool in Cyprus, he was wearing his Man United shorts... he was still playing for them at the time

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