Tom Hiddleston, the Old Etonian actor, is keen to distance himself from David Cameron’s party.
For all the efforts of Mike Read and Jim “Nick, Nick” Davidson, the Conservative Party could do with some cool celebrity supporters to trounce Labour’s Richard Wilson and Prunella Scales. It may not, however, be a good idea to suggest to Tom Hiddleston that now is the moment for him to come to the aid of David Cameron’s party.
“I’m not in the Conservative Party,” harrumphs the 32-year-old actor, who is currently appearing in Coriolanus at the Donmar.
But, Tom, you went to Eton and you are posh. “It’s just an accident of birth,” he ripostes in Time Out London. “And I’m sorry if you are offended by that. I’m not a big fan of the class system, to be honest. It feels ugly to me. If the work is good, it doesn’t matter where you come from.”
Not Emily’s type
Emily Maitlis appears to be strangely resistant to Boris Johnson’s famous charms. The Newsnight presenter, who went on Have I Got News For You when the Mayor of London was the guest host, has no desire to repeat the experience.
“I have done panel shows. They suck. Sadly,” she says. One in the eye, too, for David Mitchell and Lee Mack with whom she appeared on the Would I Lie to You?
Sir Ian Botham once talked about his “lifetime love affair” with cricket. Just lately, however, “Beefy” admits that the relationship has been cooling.
“I’ve deliberately stayed out of touch with everybody in the cricket world,” he sighs at the Music and Mountains fundraising event for Wellbeing of Women at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel.
“England were pretty ordinary in Australia. Actually, they were weak and it was embarrassing. I thought I would get a lot of stick in Australia after sticking my neck out and saying we were going to win 5-0. I got the score right, I just got it the wrong way round.”