A brush with stardom

Category: Staying social

From first-hand experiences with impressive A-list stars to extremely tenuous happenstance with minor celebs, our colleagues have got it covered.

To protect their identities (and reputations), we’ve promised anonymity to everyone who got in touch … although why you’d want to hide the fact you went to school with Dane Bowers’ cousin is beyond us.

We kick things off with a genuinely impressive claim to fame. Although it’s not 100% clear whether this colleague met the actual Beyoncé, it’s still a cracking anecdote.

“I was a team captain on a TV show called Red Alert hosted by Lulu. Our team won so I got to start the National Lottery and we also met Steps, Geri Halliwell and Destiny’s Child, who were all appearing on the show.”

Another colleague almost made it on to Saturday night TV after a run-in with Simon Cowell. That guy wouldn’t know good heavy metal music if Ozzy Osbourne’s wife was sat next to him …

“I was on Britain’s Got Talent with my thrash metal band. We didn’t make it onto TV, but I got to perform for David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell. Simon Cowell said: “That noise you made isn’t music and it certainly isn’t a talent!”

Simon Cowell might be less forthright in his criticism of one of our other musically gifted colleagues, who hangs around with rap music royalty.

“I worked the sound desk at a gig where Ghostface Killah from Wu Tang Clan was performing.”

Moving away from music and into the world of sports entertainment, one colleague had the honour of meeting the late great wrestler, Rowdy Roddy Piper, whose kilt-wearing escapades sent many a grandmothers’ pulse racing.

“WWE wrestler and Hall of Famer, Rowdy Roddy Piper, once told me he loved me. I was so excited I phoned my Mum!”

Less physically imposing but just as legendary was snooker maestro Willie Thorne. Not only did this colleague meet Mr Maximum himself, he was actually mates with him!

“A neighbour of mine growing up was the late Willie Thorne. When I did the Santander Project Brazil back in 2010, he was kind enough to compere a quiz night to raise funds.”

The same snooker loopy colleague has an impressive back-catalogue of claims to fame with some big names featured and some fairly tenuous links. In summary:

“My mum went to school with Ann Diamond and my dad was at school with former Pakistan cricket captain and current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. My brother works for the BBC he has interviewed Christopher Ecclestone. Also, my wife used to work for the Red Bull F1 team. She got to meet all of the drivers for the team. Her boss went to the toilet in the office, and at the urinal next to him as Hugh Grant.”

Think you can beat your wife’s boss occupying a urinal next to Hugh Grant? We’d like to see you try. Send in your claims to fame.

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