I work near the BBC radio building and a posh hotel, so I often see celebrities on my way to and from work. These range from the very minor (Leo Sayer) to the middling (Gok Wan – twice) to genuine stars (Madonna).
Today’s celebrity spot is….Paul Ross
The problem with seeing these celebrities is that my brain sends me the signal that I recognise them about 5 seconds before it realises where I recognise them from. So in that 5 seconds I often think – I know this person, where do I know them from?, are they a client?, I’d better be friendly and acknowledge them – *smile, nod* – aaah, they’re someone off the telly, they don’t know me, they’re wondering why this strange woman is smiling at them – *abort smile, feign nonchalance, try to turn nod into looking at watch*.
I can only hope that they get this sort of thing all the time and are used to it.