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Sachs all smiles at Christmas event

PUBLISHED: 16:26 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 07 September 2010

Andrew Sachs

Andrew Sachs

IT appears that Andrew Sachs is not letting Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's offensive broadcast on BBC Radio 2 ruin his Christmas. The comic actor, best known for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers, enjoyed carols, mince pies and mulled wine at St John

IT appears that Andrew Sachs is not letting Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's offensive broadcast on BBC Radio 2 ruin his Christmas.

The comic actor, best known for his role as Manuel in Fawlty Towers, enjoyed carols, mince pies and mulled wine at St John's Wood Church last week.

He was joined by Royle Family actress Liz Smith, who was celebrating her birthday, as well as fellow thespians Imelda Staunton and Susan Jameson at a celebrity Christmas evening for the Mayhew Animal Home.

The 78-year-old actor, who grew up in Primrose Hill and now lives with his wife in north-west London, seemed to be enjoying the festivities and the attentions of the other guests at the event on Thursday. "I'm loving every minute of being here," he said.

"We have two pedigree dogs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, but they're getting on now. So whenever we start thinking about getting another dog we'll use the Mayhew."

But Sachs also admitted that the media storm whipped up by the obscene messages left on his answerphone by Ross and Brand could not have come at a worse time.

"When it all happened I was trying to look after my wife," he said. "She'd just had a hip replacement after a slip in the bathroom.


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