Graham Cole, who is best known for his role as PC Tony Stamp in ITV's 'The Bill' and is currently starring in 'White Christmas' alongside Aled Jones and Tom Chambers at the Dominion Theatre, recently shared one of his most embarrassing moments with us: "Tripping down a step and falling at the feet of the woman I was supposed to be strangling in an Agatha Christie play, having to cover my climb up her body to be able to do the dastardly deed." Oh how I wish that I'd seen that!
Graham's very funny misfortune made me curious to find other faux pas made by actors, and my favourites from the www.londontheatre.co.uk Questions and Answers sections include:
Wendi Peters, the Coronation Street star, and coincidentally also currently performing in 'White Christmas', told us about a wardrobe malfunction: "In 'Drood' at The Landor, although I don't think the audience noticed, I pulled out a breast enhancement from my dress instead of a flag at the end of one of the numbers !!"
Harry Shearer, well known for providing the voice for a selection of characters in the US animated sitcom 'The Simpsons' recalled an embarrassing moment from his youth: "As a child actor, I came out onstage in the warm-up for the Jack Benny Show when I heard the announcer beckon me from the wings. Except he hadn't said 'Harry", he'd said "Mary", introducing Jack Benny's wife. I got a big laugh, and I was mortified."
Thankfully, actors will go on embarrassing themselves for as long as there are stages to perform on. And I will look forward to reading about the next such incident. Even better, I'd love to witness these moments live. Perhaps I should get tickets to see the most accident-prone actor around. But who is this person?
Having thought about it, I have decided that my search to find the most embarrassing actor starts right here - and your suggestions are most welcome!!