Hooray for Hollywood!
Hollywood heart-throb Colin Firth hugs a fan while filming in North Berwick. Pic by Sylvia Beaumont.
Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman braves a chilly North Berwick on Sunday. Pic by Sylvia Beaumont.
Picture shows Stephen with Haddington councillor John McMillan and Dougie Henshall at the Garvald Inn.
FILMING for a major Hollywood production moved to North Berwick, along with A-list actors Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, this week.
Crews have spent nearly two weeks in East Lothian filming scenes for 'The Railway Man', based on Eric Lomax's novel which sees him tracking down those who tortured him as a prisoner during World War 2.
The stars were in Cockenzie and Port Seton last week, filming in locations such as Cockenzie House and the Royal British Legion.
They moved onto North Berwick on Sunday, where crews have taken over a house on Tantallon Terrace and given it a 1980s makeover inside. Scenes were also set to be filmed on the nearby beach on Wednesday.
Some lucky locals have been able to get autographs and take photos of the celebrity pair.
Rosie Wales, 61, lives a few doors along from the film set on Tantallon Terrace with husband Eric.
She told the Courier: "The crews had been here for at least a week beforehand, altering the house to make it look like the '80s and changing the street lamps to look like they're from the '80s - and since Sunday the stars have been here filming inside [the house].
"There's been such a buzz about the street - lots of people are hanging about. [The actors] have been speaking to people, giving autographs and being friendly, so it's been great for North Berwick - we don't get many stars here.
"Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the biggest day because they're going to film on the beach, so I've got a few friends who just happen to be popping in tomorrow!"
Town resident Sylvia Beaumont has been among those star-spotting while walking her dogs near Tantallon Terrace.
She managed to get a few close-up snaps of Ms Kidman and Mr Firth, and said: "I was down walking my dogs and just stopped because I've always got my little camera in my pocket.
"I spoke to both of them and asked if I could take their pictures. They both said: 'Of course'. I didn't hang around but [the crews] do seem very nice people. They've been very amenable with the local people.
"We don't get Hollywood stars here every day!"
Filming for the 2013 flick was to continue in the town until at least today (Friday). It later moves to Thailand and Australia.
The stars of the big screen were not the only famous faces to be filming in the county in the past week.
Meanwhile, Stephen Fry was the latest high-profile celebrity to visit East Lothian as he shot scenes for new ITV drama 'Doors Open' in Garvald.
The 90-minute film, an adaptation of Ian Rankin's novel, will hit the small screen later this year.
Blackadder and QI star Mr Fry was filming in and around the Garvald Inn. The village plays itself in Doors Open and was one of several filming locations in Scotland.
Mr Fry posted on his Twitter page last Thursday: "In remote East Lothian: v[ery] pretty but as sodden as a saturated sponge today. Got a bicycling scene coming up at twilight. Such larks."
Also filming was Scots actor Dougie Henshall, best known for appearing in Primeval. Councillor John McMillan, new Haddington and Lammermuir ward councillor, was on hand to welcome the pair.
This article appeared in East Lothian Courier 17 May 12