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Film star Gwyneth in town for Jamie
10:00am Tuesday 18th September 2012 in Echo News
HOLLYWOOD golden girl Gwyneth Paltrow has been filming in Southend.
Gwyneth, who has starred in a host of big budget movies, including Shakespeare in Love, Shallow Hal and the Avengers, was in town taking part in filming for Essex-born chef Jamie Oliver’s new Channel 4 show.
The actress, the wife of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, has long been a fan of the chef and in 2010 interviewed Jamie for her GOOP online lifestyle newsletter. Film crews have been at a disused cafe on Southend Pier , spruced up for the celebrity chef’s latest Channel 4 production with friend and farmer Jimmy Doherty. They were there on Thursday and one of the guests was Gwyneth.
The mum of two also took time out and enjoyed a ride on the Rage rollercoaster at Adventure Island .
The restaurant is the base for Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club, to be aired in November.
More days of filming are expected to be completed in the forthcoming weeks.
Public relations company Matthew Robinson PR were tight-lipped over the filming with Gwyneth.
When asked, Mr Robinson said: “This was part of filming for the show. “We have a number of guests due to appear. “The television shows are due to be broadcast in November.”
Staff at the fun park have signed confidentiality agreement and are not allowed to release any pictures of the film star. Snaps of her on the rollercoaster which were posted on Facebook last week were later removed. Gwyneth has recently been named as the World’s Best Dressed Woman and has also signed a lucrative deal to become the face of Max Factor make-up.