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Familiar faces in unfamiliar locations - Alan Bennett, James Martin, Craig Revel-Horwood, John Torode . . . and Mick McCarthy




I recognised him as soon as he walked out of the door. His face was familiar but add glasses and the long, voluminous coat and it was definitely playwright and actor, Alan Bennett.

It's funny how you react when you see someone famous out of context. In this case, Dougie and I were walking around the Seven Dials area of London when the illustrious Mr Bennett came out of a restaurant. There was no time, or inclination, to ask him for an autograph or even say hello. It didn't feel right to intrude on his day when he was just going about his business.

It's quite different if you meet a celebrity after a show or at an event where they are geared up to meeting the public. I remember having no qualms when I met celebrity chefs at a PR event in London. Marco Pierre White and James Martin were more than happy to pose for photos. Craig Revel-Horwood was also there and surprised us by being incredibly friendly and very amenable to the inevitable selfies.


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