28 October 2019 10:40
DAME Emma Thompson has tried to save the job of a waiter who was suspended after asking for a selfie with her. The Oscar-winning actress, 60, was dining with celebrity pals at five-star Mayfair hotel Brown's. 3 Emma Thompson has tried to save the job of a waiter who asked her for a selfie Credit: Rex Features The starstruck waiter broke protocol and asked for the snap with them. Dame Emma is said to have politely declined saying she did not want to impose on her guests. The following day the waiter was suspended until further notice.
The star was said to be horrified when she was told what had happened. MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ scott sure Strictly's Alex Scott says Neil Jones' future on series is in doubt after injury cha cha ciao Strictly fans in tears as Catherine Tyldesley is voted off over Mike Bushell OLD BILL The Bill's Jeff Stewart looks totally different in mismatched outfit and long hair 'I'M STILL AFRAID' Corrie's Sally couldn't watch Sinead's death because of own cancer agony final words Coronation Street Sinead's death 'spoilt' by blunder as Daniel 'teleports' Exclusive HE'S IN CORRIE…GET IN THERE! Corrie star Andrew Whyment joins the I'm A Celebrity line-up She rang the general manager to urge him to reconsider. It is not yet known if the waiter will be allowed to return. Emma and Brown's representatives were approached for comment.
The owner of Brown's, Rocco Forte Hotels, explained it had 'a strict policy of respecting guests' privacy which applies to all staff members.' Advertisement And when the publication approached Emma for comment, she was reportedly 'horrified' to learn of the waiter's fate and immediately called the restaurant to urge them to reverse the decision. Brown's declined to comment further on the matter, citing concerns for 'privacy and wellbeing of both team members and guests'. Emma Thompson recently came under fire for flying 5,400 miles to attend a climate change protest, with many calling it 'hypocritical'. A flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow generates around 1.67 tonnes of CO2. Emma said that while it may have been hypocritical of her to fly to the protest, that is 'not the story'.
Emma Thompson was approached by Metro.co.uk for comment. Got a showbiz story? If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Mel B knew David Beckham was 'the one' for Victoria despite 'interrogating' potential boyfriends MORE: Kylie Jenner swigs tequila from bottle and showers in leather dress during wild night out Dame Emma Thompson has come to the aid of a waiter who was suspended after asking the actress for a selfie while she was dining at a luxury London hotel. The award-winning actress, comedian and writer, was with a group of celebrity friends at the five-star Brown's Hotel in Mayfair, last Saturday, when the waiter approached asking for a picture. She reportedly declined his selfie request, explaining she did not want to impose on her guests, and the waiter continued with his duties. The next day hotel management reportedly suspended him until further notice. Emma Thompson has previously spoken out about her distaste for selfies, saying they took "narcissism to its unspeakable extremes". However, The Sunday Times reported the 60-year-old actress was "horrified" to learn of the waiter's suspension and has called hotel management asking for its decision to be reversed. Brown's Hotel managing director Stuart Johnson declined to comment on the waiter's fate. "Caring for the privacy and wellbeing of both team members and guests, we are unable to make further comment on this matter." The Telegraph has approached Dame Emma's agent for comment. On its website Brown's Hotel is described as an "iconic luxury hotel" where history and 21st century sophistication come together. Emma Thompson has asked a swanky Mayfair restaurant to reverse its decision after suspending a senior waiter who wanted to take a selfie with her. The Oscar-winning actress, 60, was dining at Brown's last week with a group of celebrity friends. The waiter decided to seize the opportunity and break protocol and asked for a photograph with them. Emma Thompson asked a restaurant to reconsider its decision after suspending a waiter who asked to take a selfie with her (file photo) Thompson politely declined saying she did not want to impose on her guests and the waiter carried on with his work, as reported by The Sunday Times. But the next day, he was suspended by the five-star hotel until further notice. When approached last night, Thompson was horrified and immediately rang up the general manager in an effort to urge the restaurant to reverse its decision. It is not yet known if the restaurant has changed its mind. Brown's said: 'Caring a great deal for the privacy and wellbeing of both team members and guests, we are unable to make further comment on this matter.' Thompson had previously said in 2014: 'I wouldn't dream of taking a selfie with anyone. God almighty. That's to take narcissism to its unspeakable extremes. No, get a life everyone.' Brown's was established in 1837 and has long been a favourite of the rich and famous. Previous diners have included Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie. Owner Sir Rocco Forte is a Conservative Party donor and he held a £12,000 party at the hotel for Boris Johnson after winning the leadership election. MailOnline has contacted Brown's and Emma Thompson's representatives for comment.