Celebrity Gogglebox’s Bez ‘turned down’ A-lister Julia Roberts, claims co-star Shaun Ryder
25th June 2021

Shaun Ryder claims Bez ‘turned down Julia Roberts’

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It’s been claimed that during Happy Mondays’ heyday, Bez turned down an offer from actress Julia Roberts. His bandmate Shaun Ryder says that the singer had no idea who the Pretty Woman star was during a night out in Los Angeles.

He didn’t have a clue who she was

Shaun Ryder

Bez, 57, whose real name is Mark Berry, found fame as a member of rock bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape in the 1980s before going on to tour the world.

Along with international fame came exclusive Hollywood parties, mixing with tinsel town’s biggest names.

Just years after bursting onto the scene, the group were enjoying an A-List party in Hollywood, with Shaun claiming that his bandmate turned down advances from one of the film industry’s biggest names.

The Celebrity Gogglebox star is said to have been unaware of who the actress was when she invited Bez back to her home.

During an appearance on This Morning, Shaun, 58, said: “When we went to LA, Julia Roberts, the movie Pretty Woman had only just come out so she wasn’t the Julia Roberts who everyone knows now.

“We were in the Viper Rooms and Bez come over and he said, ‘You heard of Julia Joghurts?’, ‘Yeah, Julia Roberts yeah,'” said Shaun.

Shaun went on to tell Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that Bez said: “Oh, she’s just asked me to go back to her place.”

“He didn’t have a clue who she was,” added Shaun.

Discussing their encounter, Shaun recalled Bez saying: “She’s sent her bodyguard over, Evel,” before the former added: “Anyway, he was there chatting away and he didn’t have a clue.”

He explained: “He didn’t go back to her place because he had about four other girls on the go in the club, anyway.”

Stunned by the revelation, Holly asked Shaun: “So he turned down Julia Roberts?”

“Yeah,” answered Shaun, before saying: “It’s Bez, isn’t it, he’s not really bothered.”

Despite finding fame as one of the world’s biggest bands of their time, Shaun and Bez have recently won over a new army of fans after appearing on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Last week, Shaun shared some personal news with Bez as they sat and offered their views on the week’s telly.

After losing his hair to alopecia, Shaun looked at his close friend and said: “So what do you think? Have you noticed? I’m totally fake now, I’ve got my skin pigmentation eyebrows.”

“It’s great because I keep seeing your eyebrows raise again, I can see what you’re thinking,” quipped Bez.

However, Shaun claimed that Bez wouldn’t have known if he didn’t mention that he had undergone brow pigmentation.

“No, I noticed you raising your eyebrow at me,” said Bez.

Discussing his new look, Shaun revealed: “I look less like a big toe now, don’t I?

“I’d wake up in the morning and look down at my feet and think, ‘F***ing hell I look like my big toe’.”

Celebrity Gogglebox airs on Channel 4, tonight, at 9pm.

Express.co.uk has approached Julia Roberts for further comment.

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