Derek Lamden tells The Guardian how as a child he acted in several West End productions, made a film as a teenager and was excited to see a poster for it up in neon lights at Piccadilly Circus, became the face of Cup-a-Soup Beef & Tomato, and featured in commercials for the Milk Marketing Board (standing on the wings of a biplane) and Babycham. Quite a CV. I was impressed.
But it was the affection with which he spoke about his current career – as a front of house person, first at the Mayfair theatre in London, and now at the London Coliseum, that really grabbed my attention. He talks of “finding his calling” and of loving the “camaraderie, the warmth” when dealing with the public and actors.
I admit. I’m a sucker for a people-person story like this. I confess to having had a big smile on my face as I read Derek’s tale.
How lovely to read about someone so happy with their work. Heartwarming.