I once went with a chum to see a recording of a BBC show, for which I had written some comedy material. I was particularly pleased as a comedy actress and writer acquaintance of mine was very involved and I was chuffed to see her doing well.
Post-show drinks, I went to say hello to acquaintance and she introduced me to her tall, red-headed friend called Damian. I chatted with her for a bit and caught up and then went back to my chum who had been getting drinks.
‘Well?’ said my chum.
‘Well what?’ I replied.
‘That tall guy was the actor Damian Lewis!’ chum said with some urgency.
‘Oh yes!’ I said, ‘thought I sort-of recognised him.’
Chum was aghast.
Now, I should just mention that I am not the most super-cool person on the planet, although I have my moments, but in these situations I am not fazed. The thing is I met the late Russell Steere. Not only met him, he came over and chatted with me.
You don’t know Russell Steere? A great electron microscopist, he was one of the inventors of the freeze-fracture technique that was instrumental to my day job for many years.
That’s right and he came over and actually talked to me!
Celebrity is like that I guess, it all depends on the size of the pool you’re swimming in. I was amused to see myself once described as ‘legendary’ in the context of a pool so small it regularly evaporated on sunny days.
So, sorry I didn’t have time to chat Damian, I might have been an anecdote for you. Probably not, thinking about it.
The ‘legendary’ Dr Tel