Caught & Social: Lily turns her talents to singing
Lily Cole made not only her West End debut last night, but also aired her singing voice for the first time. The model and actress was taking part in the Old Vic Theatre’s 24-hour plays, where teams of writers, actors, directors and musicians have a day to write, rehearse and stage a 10-minute work. Other stars involved included Robert Glenister, Anthony Head, Mat Horne and Indira Varma. “I think if I’d really thought about it logically I’d have just frozen,”Cole told C&S, “so I tried to just roll with it and I had a really, really fun time.” Rob Brydon, the host, seemed most impressed. “She can sing, act, she’s got a first from Cambridge, she’s beautiful, she’s a model; phenomenal,”he said. “There’s the gene pool of the future just there.” After all the hard work, the thesps headed to the Corinthia hotel for an after-party sponsored by Jack Daniel’s. We wonder if they could still remember their lines this morning…
You’ll be sick of Meryl as Maggie
Meryl Streep was in London yesterday to unveil the poster for her new film – the much talked about The Iron Lady – in which she plays our former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The actress said the unveiling was “to give you a preview of what you’ll soon be so sick of looking at soon enough, which is my face, in the poster”. The movie opens in January.
Tourists coming to London love to try the capital’s double-decker red buses. Canada’s teen pop sensation Justin Bieber went one step further by hiring his own Routemaster (one of the old hop-on, hop-off kind) to take him from his hotel to a TV appearance. At the time of going to press, it was unclear whether the 17-year-old got a chance to ring the bell.
Scene & Heard
Katie Holmes has fallen foul of Noel Gallagher after she met him and a friend toting a camera backstage at a US TV studio. “She did look a bit miffed at the various Northwest accents and some vigorous handshaking,”Noel writes on his blog. “But there was no need to send one of her people over to demand the video be deleted!!!! Un-f****n’-believable.”
In other transatlantic music news, Rod Stewart is planning a cruise to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. “Amazing that next April, it’s 100 years. I’m just in the middle of choosing which one I’d like to do,” he tells the Daily Record. “Is it tempting fate? No, things have moved on since 1912. None of the icebergs come down that far south any more, and if they did, they’d blow them up.”
Could Sir Cliff Richard’s career be sinking after he was banned from new radio station Absolute 60s? DJ Pete Mitchell said: “We believe timeless acts of the decade that remain relevant today, are The Beatles, The Stones, The Doors and The Who, not Sir Cliff.” Ouch.Tagged in: Celebrity, Justin Bieber, Katie Holmes, Lily Cole, meryl streep, Rod Stewart
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