Thumbs up from actress

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has praised Whitby in an issue of Star magazine
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has praised Whitby in an issue of Star magazine

A HOLLYWOOD star – who once turned heads by dining out in Scarborough – has helped raise Whitby’s profile in a national magazine.

Gwyneth Paltrow was quoted as being a fan of Whitby and hotel La Rosa in particular in a recent issue of Star magazine.

The actress, who filmed Possession in Whitby in 2000, has starred in many box office hits such as Seven and Shakespeare in Love.

Councillor David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for tourism and culture, said: “This is a splendid accolade for Whitby and follows so many we have had in recent years from celebrities, often arising out of the town being used for film and television settings.

“Such praise carries considerable credibility because it is easy for us as residents to say Whitby is a great place to live and visit, but when others say it, that’s even better – and Whitby deserves such recognition.”

Paltrow astonished diners at Tuscany restaurant in St Nicholas Street when she visited on numerous occasions in September 2000.

The actress, accompanied by the film producer and members of the Possession crew, reportedly ordered the restaurant’s special garlic bread, which comes smothered in Stilton cheese.

One night she enjoyed king prawns and on another occasion she dined out on spaghetti topped with fresh seafood, washed down with a glass of Italian beer.

She chatted to staff, making an effort to try and speak in Italian. A spokesman from the restaurant said she was “really friendly and had no airs and graces”.

Scarborough and Whitby have become a hotspot in recent years for film and TV filming.

This year Scarborough’s Dean Road prison became the backdrop for gritty film Screwed. Scarborough and Filey both featured heavily in comedy drama Sugartown and the area also featured in the BBC TOWN series.