Edinburgh singer serenades Hollywood A-lister Russell Crowe at garden party

Jeff Leyton backstage with Russell Crowe
-Credit: (Image: Jeff Leyton)

An Edinburgh performer has said he was 'honoured' after being asked to take to the stage at Hollywood star Russell Crowe's 'indoor garden party' in Paris.

The annual event first started back in 2009, when Crowe performed outside a London Pub once owned by Michael Parkinson, reports the Daily Record.

He'll be bringing the show to the UK later this month, after duetting virtually with Pilton-born Jeff Leyton during Covid.

READ MORE - Edinburgh hotel boss apologises as guest's £543 room has 'building site view'

READ MORE - Edinburgh passengers 'stranded' as easyJet and British Airways cancel flights

Jeff, who now lives in Germany, was invited to sing two songs at the show in La Cigale on Saturday night.

He said: "Russell Crowe took the roof in Paris. I was honoured to be asked to sing two songs at the Indoor Garden Party. This is a show definitely not to be missed."

Sign up for Edinburgh Live newsletters for more headlines straight to your inbox

Leyton, who played the lead role of Jean Valjean in the stage version of Les Miserables for over 14 years, later shared a selfie with the A-lister backstage.

Fans were clamouring for more from the pair after their lockdown recording of The Confrontation from the hit West End musical went viral in 2020.

Join Edinburgh Live's Whatsapp Community here and get the latest news sent straight to your messages

Crowe played Valjean's nemesis, Javert, in the big-screen version of the musical with Hugh Jackman in the title role. The video has racked up millions of hits from fans of both men across the world.

The actor tweeted: 'Paris. La Cigale. What a gig. Next stop Pompeii."