Sex and the City Star Promotes London
By Sherna Noah, PA Showbusiness Correspondent
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Her Sex and the City character Samantha was a loyal New Yorker, but actress Kim Cattrall has been urging people to visit London.
She has been selling theatre tickets and copies of the Evening Standard newspaper to promote the capital and its theatreland.
Former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson, who currently stars in A Life in the Theatre at the Apollo Theatre, also took part in the initiative, by driving punters around the city in a black cab.
Cattrall became an Evening Standard vendor for the day at the Comedy Theatre, where she is appearing in Whose Life is it Anyway?
The actress, whose fee was wavered for the Tsunami appeal, also sold programmes, ice creams and tickets at the box office for the Visit London event.
She said: “This is not going to replace the day job. My job’s more fun.
“But we wanted to raise awareness of what’s going on in the West End.
“There’s so much happening artistically. I feel very connected to London. My first taste of theatre here was when I was ten-year’s old.
“Immersing myself in real London and sampling a true Londoner’s job is something not many actresses who come to the West End have the chance of doing.
“Samantha was a PR person so she would be glad I’m doing this.”
The initiative aims to encourage UK residents and Europeans to visit the capital.
Visit London deputy chief executive Sandra Elliott said: “Kim Cattrall and Joshua Jackson are just two major international stars that can be seen performing in London in 2005.
“This event is one of four previewing what London has to offer in 2005.
“It aims to showcase the big names starring in the West End, draw attention to the 16 new West End shows due to open this year and the city’s 100 plus theatres, fringe theatre and street performances.”
London mayor Ken Livingstone said: “With many of London’s theatres featuring Hollywood’s A-list as well as the best of British up and coming stars of the future, London’s theatreland has more to offer its visitors in 2005 than ever before.”