Belfast Telegraph

O'Grady races to awards ceremony

Paul O'Grady has opted for a racy mode of transport to get to an awards ceremony in London on time - whizzing across the city on a motorbike.

The 58-year-old comedian and TV presenter pulled up at the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane riding pillion on motorbike taxi, just in time for lunch at the Television and Radio Industry Club (Tric) Awards.

Paul said: "I've just been flung off the back of a bike. I feel like I've had a stroke!"

But he revealed he often resorts to the motorbike taxis, despite the windswept effect.

He added: "It's the only way to travel in London. Tower Hill to here in 15 minutes. Better than being stuck in the back of a cab for ages."

Meanwhile, Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter admitted she was still surprised by how popular the BBC show has proved, just as the third series has come to an end.

The veteran actress, who plays Sister Julienne in the drama, which was in the running for an award, said: "We had no idea what a success it would be. We never thought it would run for so long. What surprises me is how many types of people watch it, all ages, all sexes."

But Jenny said when fans recognise her in the street they don't want to talk about the show - they want to tell her their own dramatic stories of childbirth.

She said: "People want to stop and talk about it because the show really affects them. They want to tell me stories about things that have happened to them."

Ant and Dec were also late arrivals at the awards ceremony.

Dec revealed: "Last year Ant was ill so I had to come on my own. It was one of our rare appearances when we weren't together. I had a wonderful time!"


From Belfast Telegraph