I’ve met quite a few celebrities, some of whom are what you’d consider ‘A-listers’ or the celebrity elite.
I’m talking about the likes of Hollywood heart-throb Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfield, plus Mel C, Paul O’Grady and EastEnders star Barbara Windsor.
But very few of them had the natural charisma and charm of one famous face who I had the pleasure of meeting recently.
Kim Woodburn – wow, what a gal! Somewhat embarrassingly, I forgot that I was scheduled to talk to Kim at the Kings Theatre press launch of her upcoming An Audience With charity evening.
Now please don’t think this is normal practice. I was just as angry with myself as I thought Kim would be for being stood up.
But how wrong could I have been? Instead of meeting Kim at the Kings Theatre I got a personal invitation to see her at the Jolly Taxpayer pub in Baffins, Portsmouth. I was greeted by Kim with a giant bear hug and a glass of pino – this woman is seriously my kind of lady.
She then introduced me to all her family and friends in person and we sat down to chat about her forthcoming show at the Kings on June 17, all in aid of the Portsmouth Association for the Blind.
Kim told me frankly about her memories of growing up in Portsmouth and how she still feels a real attachment to the city.
She told me about how she really was put through her paces on the ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here, which she insists was 100 per cent real and as hard as it looks.
I believe her – and so would you if you’d have seen the face she pulled when reminiscing about the things she had to eat in the bushtucker trials.
The Jolly Taxpayer had put on quite a buffet spread for Kim and co and I was conscious that I was taking up too much of her time. So I wrapped up with a hand shake, at which she pulled me in for another big hug and said: ‘Ooh luvvie, come and have a sarnie with us.’
As you can see, Kim made quite an impression on me – and you can read much more about her fascinating life in the Family Life supplement in The News on Tuesday.