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British celebs that are bigger in Poland than in Britain


LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #1
Are there any British artists, musicians or actors who are more popular in Poland than they are in their home country, or spend a lot of time there?

In the same way that Depeche Mode is much bigger in Germany, the Nolans in Japan and Norman Wisdom in Albania.

I know that Nigel Kennedy spends a lot of time in Krakow - but are there any others?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
2 Nov 2008 /  #2
but are there any others?

there was a famous conductor on telly the other day. he lives here. but he's not famous enough for me to remember his name. He was in an advertisement for some Polish city, if I remember correctly.
cjjc 29 | 408  
2 Nov 2008 /  #3
Norman Wisdom in Albania.

WTF?

lmfao!

:D
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #4
WTF?

Never heard of Mr Pitkin?

If you fancy a good laugh, read One-Hit Wonderland by Tony Hawks - this guy is on a mission to have a no. 1 chart hit and ends up teaming up with Norman Wisdom in Albania.
cjjc 29 | 408  
2 Nov 2008 /  #5
I know, I'm just shocked about him being big in Albania! :S lol
nierozumiem 9 | 118  
2 Nov 2008 /  #6
Shakin' Stevens
Joe Cocker
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #7
Shakin' Stevens

Shakey?? Really?... wow!!

Joe Cocker

Love him! He's also massive in Germany too.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
2 Nov 2008 /  #8
Norman Wisdom really is big in Albania.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
2 Nov 2008 /  #9
Fish from Marillion has some connection with Poland. There was a time when he was always on the radio here. Not songs, but in the studio interviews.
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #10
Fish from Marillion has some connection with Poland.

Funnily enough, I heard him on a radio interview on Planet Rock (digital radio station) only yesterday.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
2 Nov 2008 /  #11
Marillion's album covers were awful. Then Fish went solo, released a single (a version of Thunderclap Newman's "Something in the Air") with a large plastic sleeve embossed with a penguin, as if to make up for years of Marillion sleeve hell.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
2 Nov 2008 /  #12
My ex girlfriends sister is married to Chris norman , who for those who are not Smokie fans was the lead singer , and wrote many of the songs...Smokie toured Poland in their heyday , and one memorable moment they had was of throwing all their spare money to the crowds in a Polish city rather than take it back to UK...Chris now has his own band , and is a big star in Germany , recently he was on Polish tv in some sort of quiz show...dont, hear much of him on UK tv....He is a really down to earth nice guy , and two years back i asked him if he could do a signed picture for a Polish friend who is a Smokie fan...Chris got out not some publicity pics , but personal photo,s and some cd,s for my friend , and signed em...made a Polish guy very happy....If you were a smokie fan , check out Chris norman on the net...still has that Smokie sound , but i think its better....
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #13
wildrover

What a cool story :)

big star in Germany

All the old rockers end up there... is he Suzi Quatro's next door neighbour? LOL!
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
2 Nov 2008 /  #14
Suzi Quatro's next door neighbour

He did an album with Suzi quatro , but i don,t think they are best buddies really.....She lives in Hamburg , and Chris lives in the isle of man...His band are all Germans , and he has a studio there....
osiol 55 | 3,922  
2 Nov 2008 /  #15
She lives in Hamburg , and Chris lives in the isle of man

Doesn't Norman Wisdom live on the Isle of Man, next door to Rick Wakeman or something?
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #16
And Nigel Mansell LOL!?

So, no celeb pals living next door to Nigel Kennedy in Krakow, then?
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
2 Nov 2008 /  #17
Doesn't Norman Wisdom live on the Isle of Man

I think you are right , but don,t know where his house is , Nigel manson lives just up the road from Chris , and British superbike world champion rider Neil hodgson and his wife Catherine live yards away....If i had lots of dosh...i would live there too...but i don,t...so i live in Poland.....
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
2 Nov 2008 /  #18
PMSL @ WR's guide to celeb-stalking :D

If i had lots of dosh...i would live there too...but i don,t...so i live in Poland.....

Awww... I'd rather live in Kolobrzeg :)
McCoy 27 | 1,269  
2 Nov 2008 /  #19
Classix Nouveaux
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
2 Nov 2008 /  #20
celeb-stalking

Ha...i have their phone numbers and email address too....funny enough they have not had problems with stalkers in the way that tv and film stars seem to do...racing people are nice people....
jonni 16 | 2,485  
3 Nov 2008 /  #21
There's a Polish fireman, who came originally from Britain called Kevin Aiston who appears on a rather downmarket TV programme about immigrants from within the EU here and also does a radio breakfast show.

I rarely watch TV, so have no real no idea what he's all about, but he has a huge following here in Warsaw, and a couple of people who've mentioned him to me are astounded that he isn't famous in the UK.
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
3 Nov 2008 /  #22
Wow - this guy is really cool!! I can't stop watching him.

What I had in mind with the original question however was somebody who people in the UK might have heard of before.

McCoy

I love this guy.... :D

He's become a complete celeb based on being a Brit.
Vincent 9 | 863   Moderator
3 Nov 2008 /  #23
He's become a complete celeb based on being a Brit

yes he started of in Poland as a fireman, first seen him being interviewed by Michael Palin when he visited in his polish documentary last year.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
3 Nov 2008 /  #24
He's become a complete celeb based on being a Brit.

There was a programme on Polish TV a few years ago in which foreign folk were invited to take part. The programme was basically about making fools of people who couldn't speak Polish very well.

Kevin may have started out on that programme. I'm not sure.
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
3 Nov 2008 /  #25
I am fascinated by Kevin - and I'll be keeping an eye on him... but back to my original question. No chance that Jeff Lynne has become fluent in Poland and plays secret gigs to locals in Pomorskie, then?
dcb  
3 Nov 2008 /  #26
I love this guy.... :D

He's become a complete celeb based on being a Brit.

:D

;)
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
3 Nov 2008 /  #27
He's not you, is he? LOL!!
dcb  
3 Nov 2008 /  #28
He is not me :)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384  
3 Nov 2008 /  #29
No chance that Jeff Lynne has become fluent in Poland

ELO play wroclaw in a couple of weeks. 25th I think.
OP LondonChick 31 | 1,133  
3 Nov 2008 /  #30
OMG!! You're not joking either last.fm/event/723517

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