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Started by Anchorman on 08-Nov-2017 20:51:54
Were you ever friendly when young with someone who later became famous ?

If so ,tell us about it

Anchorman - 08 Nov 2017 20:55:48 (#1 of 111)

He's not massively famous but in my teens I was good friends with Jeremy Russel who is a concert pianist and conductor of a mid level orchestra.

He was a child prodigy and played 13 instruments well and the piano superbly by his early teens.

On occasions he used to play the Banjo or french horn on the back seat of the bus on our way home from school.

If you gave him a pop song title and then called out the name of famous composers of classical music he could instantly play ,on the piano,the melody of the pop song in the style of Chopin/Beethoven etc.

thisonehasalittlehat - 08 Nov 2017 20:57:21 (#2 of 111)

Your mum.

Tadagee - 08 Nov 2017 20:57:33 (#3 of 111)

Not young I guess but for a while i used to share an office with outside tip to be next PM Dominic Raab.

mancurse - 08 Nov 2017 20:57:48 (#4 of 111)

Not friends exactly, but I was in Toad of Toad Hall with Glyn Maxwell, who grew up to become a poet. Also in that production was Steve Thompson, who is now a playwright. We all played stoats or weasels.

darkhorse - 08 Nov 2017 20:57:59 (#5 of 111)

My life has been a constant stream of nobodies.

popstar7 - 08 Nov 2017 21:04:06 (#6 of 111)

Acquaintances/friend of friends Damien Lewis. Used to play football with him and other local lads on Primrose Hill on Saturday mornings. I borrowed (and still have) his CD of The Chronic from a party at his flat.

Gingerbread - 08 Nov 2017 21:05:59 (#7 of 111)

I went to school with Tim Flowers who became a reasonably successful goalkeeper, and I knew Tim Farron at university.

Gingerbread - 08 Nov 2017 21:07:31 (#8 of 111)

I knew someone else called Tim whose surname began with F but he didn't become famous.

Turtle - 08 Nov 2017 21:08:18 (#9 of 111)

It depends on your definition of famous. And of young too I suppose.

Do Fields medalists count?

cozzer - 08 Nov 2017 21:16:21 (#10 of 111)

No, once you get to that level maths becomes more abstract than counting.

Turtle - 08 Nov 2017 21:18:09 (#11 of 111)

I was waiting to see who would come back with this one...

CaptainBlack - 08 Nov 2017 21:31:57 (#12 of 111)

I used to be friends with a woman who's going to be in Debbie Horsfield's new drama for the BBC. Until she called the police on me.

Swelpmegawd - 08 Nov 2017 21:41:10 (#13 of 111)

So, to summarize, none of the posters here can answer in the affirmative.

grenadiglia - 08 Nov 2017 21:42:35 (#14 of 111)


Gingerbread - 08 Nov 2017 21:47:55 (#15 of 111)

Can't believe my various blokes called Tim story didn't make the grade.

kentigern - 08 Nov 2017 21:48:34 (#16 of 111)

As a student, I shared a house with a First Minister of Scotland. He wasn't First Minister at the time though, just a local councillor. And probably too old to be sharing a student house, on reflection.

TenGorillas - 08 Nov 2017 21:51:19 (#17 of 111)

I was at school with James d'Arcy. We weren't mates. I was on friendly terms with his sister though.

foghorn - 08 Nov 2017 21:51:57 (#18 of 111)

A chum of mine was arguably one of the worst acts on Britains Got Talent.

barkis - 08 Nov 2017 22:47:56 (#19 of 111)

none of the posters here can answer in the affirmative.

Not yet. I look forward to the day when a friend of my youth is unmasked as a serial killer and I can tell the press "he was just a normal guy who kept himself to himself".

airynothing - 08 Nov 2017 22:49:56 (#20 of 111)

I was quite friendly with Liza Tarbuck in my youth.

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