We exited Warrenpoint sharpish when we heard Maggie was about to visit. Shortly after the bombings.
I would be careful of the words "famous" or "celebrity" as it seems to be banded around too easily these days.
Growing up I was in the circles of Irvine Welsh with football,clubbing and raving days, pre football drinks with the proclaimers and "fish" from Marillion in the pubs around Hibs ground. I've met the infamous Glasgow gangster Jimmy Boyle's son back in the early 90s (who died a few years back). I have also met a lot of famous DJ's and producers who kickstarted the dance music scene in the late 80's in the UK. Gail Porter I used to see regularly at my local bus stop when she worked for B&Q before hitting television. Actor Jamie Sives who played "Chiv" beside Vinnie Jones in Mean Machine was the year below me at school.
One of my old school friends who we used to knock about on our oldskool BMX'es started up his own software company, which then he moved into consultancy and had a lot to do with Rockstar North and a lot of input into GTA etc and an old classmate from primary has made a huge impact as a chef and restaurantier in South Africa after being trained by Jean Christophe-Novelli.
Moving down south,
I have helped out Martin Kemp with quite a few IT related issues and have spoken to a lot of Eastenders actors/actresses who have passed by as we were only a couple of miles from Elstree studios.
But you know what - take it all to the lowest common denominator, they are all just human :)
I met Freddie in a lift in a hotel in Nottingham a few years ago.
I was stood right next to him and I thought that I recognised him, but couldn't place his face!
It was only when we got out of the lift and he started to 'entertain' in the hotel lobby that I realised who he was :D
I went to school with Kat Moss, Lucy Speed (Natalie from Eastenders). I hung around with Raj (from Eastenders) for a while. I then worked for canon uk and would fix hardware / software in central london houses / gov. Had tea with sir stirling moss, Had a poo on margaret thatcher toilet. Have been in some famous places such as under the MOD in whitehall, No.10, Buck palace.
Probably more but better do some work.
I had a guitar lesson from one of the twins from Hi-De-Hi twenty-something years ago, and I stood next to Steve Davies in a gents loo and had a wee.
Chris White, saxophonist for Dire Straits was a year above me in school.
He was in the queue in front of me at Alton Towers right before the World Cup when he had "an ankle injury" - my bro asked how his ankle was and he said it was all hype. His Wife Coleen was there and what I presume was his bro & Dad. He had his hood up etc trying to hide from the masses. Wanted to ask for his pic but didn't want to alert everyone else to him being there as he would of got flooded!
i have met derren brown. i was on stage with him and had a game of 20 questions, only lasted 3 !!! oh well, got his autograph for taking part.
Are you sure you met derren brown? :P
depends what you class as famous...
I used to a lot of sound engineering, so i've worked with a lot of DJ's - fedde le grand, judge jules,armand van helden, fat boy slim, LTJ Bukem, Dj luck and MC neat and david guetta.
a lot of moderately famous bands, like toploader and turin brakes and kt tunstall
i've also fitted radio mics to the queen and prince phillip and the sultan of oman also to janet street porter (in her knickers!), milton jones, and most of the comedians who appear on QI/mock the week.
I've done work on the lee evans XL tour and al murray's the pub land lord show,
If you consider folk musicians famous then i've worked with martin carthy and dave swarbrick on the tour for both ears and the tail, i've worked with tiny tin lady, eliza carthy, the coal porters, the ukelele orchestra of great britain, fairport convention and steeleye span and mediaeval baebes. I've got to meet paul weller and brian may, the comets and deep purple.
I've also conference tech'd for the lib dem and labour conferences. i'm less proud of this.
When I was little I met Anneka Rice. I even have the proof...
Clinton and Arnie when I was in the US. Both happened to be in California when I was there and got a handshake with both of them :) (as did a massive crowd of people)
Jason Statham I met after he filmed snatch in north london :)
Again, depends how you class famous really.
Met the band members of Deathstars in London last year, and Herman Lee of Dragonforce just after they released their third album. I also shared a drink with Sam Totman of Dragonforce in the same meet.