Close encounter with the stars

Paul Bradley pictured with a copy of his new book. And below, meeting a host of stars including Leonard Nimoy, James Earl Jones and John Hurt
Paul Bradley pictured with a copy of his new book. And below, meeting a host of stars including Leonard Nimoy, James Earl Jones and John Hurt

A SCARBOROUGH autograph hunter has captured over two decades’ worth of star encounters in his new book.

Paul Bradley, of Norwood Street, is looking forward to the launch of “Paul Bradley’s Galaxy of Stars” at a glamorous charity lunch in London.

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bradley and leonard nimoy.jpg

The event on February 12, at the Regent’s Park Marriott Hotel, will be hosted by Allo Allo’s Vicki Michelle, who has also written the book’s foreword.

It is one of a number of events hosted by members of the Heritage Foundation, a charity which sees people from the world of entertainment working for good causes.

Mr Bradley, 45, says he is thrilled that the book is now complete and is looking forward to the launch.

He said: “I’m just so excited – it amazing! I’ve been collecting autographs and photos all my life, but I never expected a book.

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bradley and james earl jones.jpg

“I just didn’t know what my autographing was going to do.”

The book, which is currently at the proof stage and will be published as a full colour hardback, encapsulates Mr Bradley’s passion and perseverance in furthering his star-studded collection.

It contains hundreds of famous faces, including Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, David Hasselhoff, Eddie Izzard, Christian Slater, Ian McKellen and Barbara Windsor, to name just a few.

Mr Bradley has met hundreds, if not thousands, of stars in the last 25 years, often at Heritage Foundation events, red carpet events or London theatres.

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bradley and john hurt.jpg

He lists his favourites so far as Nicholas Cage, Sylvester Stallone, Quentin Tarantino, Jeff Bridges and Morgan Freeman.

Mr Bradley said: “I love their work and they were all really nice. Jeff Bridges was great when I met him.”

One of the most recent star-spots that features in the book was with James Earl Jones – the voice of Darth Vader.

Mr Bradley met him just before he was awarded a lifetime achievement Honorary Oscar in November 2011.

He said: “James doesn’t normally do photos and I felt very privileged. I hope we meet again.”

The book has been edited by Mark Harland, an author himself who works with York-based publishers Shaffron.

He approached Paul about the possibility of writing a book and the pair have worked together on the project for the past year.

Mr Harland said: “I thought it would take about a month, so I’m staggered by what it’s turned into. It’s amazing,”

The book will be on sale from February 12. Details about where it will be on sale are still being finalised and will be released nearer the time.