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Diary: Fan goes through the roof fur the sake of Wolfie hunt

Robert Lindsay as Wolfie Smith in the BBC's Citizen Smith. Photo: BBC Robert Lindsay as Wolfie Smith in the BBC's Citizen Smith. Photo: BBC
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Most famous actors will have a good tale or two to tell about encounters with over-enthusiastic fans.

However, Robert Lindsay can probably trump them all with one incident that saw a fan literally fall head over heels for him… off a roof.

Lindsay was discussing the sudden fame he found following his role as Wolfie Smith in 1970s sitcom Citizen Smith, during a Q&A event at London restaurant J Sheekeys last month.

“I couldn’t really cope with the fame, I was literally chased out of supermarkets, chased through car parks,” he said.

“I remember I was about to play Hamlet at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and was walking down the high street to do a matinee and there was a builder on a roof.

“As I walked past, he went ‘power to the people’ and I did it back, and he slid off the roof grabbing onto some tiles, grabbed the guttering, the guttering snapped, he fell through a shop awning, landed on the pavement and came across and asked me for my autograph.”

Lindsay added: “I went back to the director at the Royal Exchange and said ‘I’m never going to lose this character, it’s driving me crazy’, and he said: ‘Look around the block, they’re queueing to see you in Hamlet’. I said: ‘No they’re not. They’re waiting to see Wolfie Smith in Hamlet.’ ”

Luckily, Lindsay has since managed to escape the role – and the builder escaped relatively unharmed too.


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