I am one of those people who has always have friends tell me, “You should have been here! So-and-so from TV/movies was here earlier!” Not that I much care about spotting them, I have just always found my timing amazing. Yet, somehow, while here in England I am up to six!
Now, let me preface this by saying I was delayed on the BBC tour when I went there and was held back to join a later tour in the area they call “Stage Door” where all of the celebs arrive to film shows. Five of my sightings happened there and included:
- Matt Lucas from Little Britain (Who seemed very sour when someone else on the tour dared to say hi to him)
- Len Goodman from Dancing With the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing (They were filming the Christmas special the day)
- Bruno Tonioli from Dancing With the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing
- Some blonde girl From Eastenders that was appearing on the dancing special
- Said blonde girl’s pro dancing partner
Like I said, I was at the BBC itself, so not totally unexpected, but then came the randomness that happened outside 10 Downing Street.
Having missed a turn for somewhere else I was going, I found myself outside of the street that houses the Prime Minister. I had never intended to go there, but I was there, so why not look? As I looked through the gate down the road, I saw someone approaching with shoulder-length salt-and-pepper hair, and a huge smile. I just thought, “Oh, what a happy guy.” … and then did a double take. I turned to one of the policemen on duty, tossed my thumb towards the man and mouthed, “Is that …?” And he just gave me a big grin and said, “Yeah.”
I couldn’t get a good picture by the time I figured it out, but it was James May, one of the three hosts of the ultra-popular Top Gear. Why he was at the British equivalent of the White House is beyond me, but what a completely random encounter.
And the police officer who confirmed it was him? He immediately went in behind the gate to ask May for a picture, which he very cheerfully obliged.
Okay, I have two more days, anyone else want to run into me?