Celebrity Spotting at Britannia’s Bash

March 9, 2015

The official naming ceremony of Britannia will commence on Tuesday morning with Her Majesty The Queen – but she’s not the only recognisable face in attendance! The ship will host a gala dinner for all the VIP guests – who will have had a slightly manic weekend as they hunted the stores for the poshest frocks and elegant hats!

A host of celebrity chefs, Strictly Come Dancing performers, Olympians, actresses’, television presenter’s, authors and comedians will attend.

With so many famous faces there – you’re sure to miss a few if you don’t have your eyes peeled! So read on for our handy checklist of who’s who…


Rob BrydonRob Brydon – The well-loved Welsh actor and comedian is also the face of P&O’s marketing campaign and will be hosting the naming ceremony.


Darcey BusselDarcey Bussel – The world class retired ballerina who is now one of the Strictly Come Dancing judges.



ian waiteIan Waite – A professional dancer from Strictly Come Dancing.



Tess DalyTess Daly – The famous TV presenter and host of Strictly Come Dancing.



James MartinJames Martin – One of the nation’s best loved chefs, James has starred in many cookery programmes and presents Saturday Kitchen on the BBC.


Atul KoccharAtul Kochhar – Britannia wouldn’t be complete without Atul’s amazing Sindhu restaurant which serves stunning Indian and Asian Fusion Cuisine. Atul has received two Michelin stars and is known as P&O’s “master of spices.”


Vivek SinghVivek Singh – London based Indian chef who is known for his innovative take on Indian cuisine.



Daniel GalmicheDaniel Galmiche – A chef famous for his French food and TV appearances.



Pierre KoffmannPierre Koffmann – The French born chef with three Michelin stars shall be bringing his expertise to cooking master-classes on Britannia.


Marco Pierre WhiteMarco Pierre White – Marco was the youngest chef to ever receive 3 Michelin stars and his restaurants are some of the finest on land and at sea!


Olly SmithOlly Smith – Known for his TV appearances and column about wine in The Mail on Sunday, Olly shall be choosing wines for Britannia.


Lawrence KeoghLawrence Keogh – Lawrence has twenty years’ experience in the culinary world as his cooking career began when he was just 14!


James TannerJames Tanner – The English chef and TV personality, best known for his restaurant the Tanners in Plymouth.



Nathan Outlaw Nathan Outlaw – The Michelin starred chef is known for his fine seafood. He shall be giving cookery master-classes on Britannia later in the year.


Paul RankinPaul Rankin – A famous chef whose restaurant was the first to receive a Michelin star in Northern Ireland.



mark fosterMark Foster – Retired English swimmer and medallist, who has recently starred in Strictly Come Dancing.



laura wrightLaura Wright – A soprano singer who performs classical and pop crossover music as well as opera.



nicky clarkNicky Clarke – Famous hairdresser and stylist whose salon empire stretches nationwide.



sally gunnelSally Gunnel OBE – Olympian who won gold in the 1992 400m hurdles who is now known for TV sports presenting.



linda robinsonLinda Robson – An actress known for her performances in Birds of a Feather.





As well as all of the stars above you could also catch a glimpse of Martin Roberts (co-host of BBC television series Homes Under the Hammer), Milly Johnson (Sunday Times bestselling author), Anne Reid (actress from Coronation Street, Dinner Ladies and Last Tango in Halifax), Anneka Rice (known for the 80’s television series Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka), Deborah Stephenson (impressionist and Corrie Star), Lesley Nichol (Downton Abbeys’ cook ‘Mrs Patamore’), Shaun Dooley (star of EastEnders and The Street), Natalie Lowe (professional dancer from Strictly) and Fiona Fullerton (former Bond girl and Strictly star.)

So eyes down cruising fans – and get celebrity spotting!


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