A shot of singing star Robbie Williams and his pals Jonathan Wilkes and Neighbours star Daniel McPerson taken in 2002.
Robbie was in Edinburgh for the opening night of Godspell at The Festival Theatre to support his pals who were starring in the show. He was staying at a flat on The Royal Mile and I had been commissioned by The Scottish Sun to look out for him during his stay.
Along with several other photographers I spent a very long, freezing March day camped outside the apartment watching the comings and goings of his staff and aids. On a long watch such as this toilet breaks become a major issue especially in the raw cold that you only get in Scotland. You become paranoid that the minute you leave it wall all kick off. Yes, you’ve made arrangements with other photographers to cover for you and vice versa but you’re never quite sure.
Robbie was not oblivious to the problem and surprised us all by sending his PA out to offer the use of his bathroom to any needy photographers on condition that cameras were left in the foyer. So one of my few claims to fame is that I used Robbie Williams’ bathroom. Such a gent.
As the day wore on and the light disappeared some photographers left to stake out the theatre but thankfully I stayed and my perseverance was rewarded when in the early evening Robbie emerged with his mates all wearing kilts which completely made the picture. It wasn’t quick either, the three posed and chatted for five minutes or more. No such success for those at the theatre though as they entered unobtrusively through a back door.
This picture along with some others from the shoot had a good show the next day and together with some pictures taken the following day of Robbie hanging out of the window of his flat holding a cuppa were used widely in the glossy celebrity magazines.