Greggs-loving Hollywood star Kiefer Sutherland admits sausage rolls help him perform live on stage

Kiefer Sutherland on BBC1's The One Show
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Kiefer Sutherland has a fondness for a Greggs sausage roll, and it's not just about the flavour.

The star of 24, who was introduced to the popular high street bakery's staple by a bandmate, believes the grease helps safeguard his vocal cords. "Grease is not a good word, but there's enough around a Greggs sausage roll to lubricate your voice quite well, and quite nicely," he shares. "I've found it helpful on more than one occasion. We go there so much."

The 57 year old actor, who is gearing up for two action films, Stone Cold Fox and Sierra Madre, has been a long-time fan of Greggs and during a visit to the region in 2019 to play the Sage Gateshead in his other guise: as accomplished musician and songwriter, he told the audience that he'd tell them a story: and it turned out to be about Greggs.

Sutherland, who had previously spoken on The One Show about his fondness for a Greggs sausage roll, explained how his band were extra excited when they arrived in the region to discover that it was the baker's home city.

That was "something you should be very proud of", he told the audience. Revealing that the band always "go to a Greggs and find a good pub" whenever they play an England town, he said crew members who have other commitments are always sorry to miss out on the savoury treat when they cannot join the tour.

And he told how, ahead of the concert, Greggs had made them a special delivery, clearly knowing just how popular they were.

"They appreciated that and today they brought us more Greggs than we could possibly eat!" he said. "They were so amazingly cool - and I guarantee that we're not employed by them!"

Born into a renowned acting family in London in 1966 and later relocating to Canada, he has been gracing the screen for four decades. His father, Donald Sutherland, aged 88, is known for his roles in 'Klute' and 'Ordinary People', while his mother Shirley Douglas was a committed activist and stage actress who passed away in 2020.

His grandfather, Tommy Douglas, is credited with introducing national healthcare to Canada. Kiefer's acting career took off as a teenager with standout roles in 'Stand By Me' and 'The Lost Boys' as he approached his 20s, propelling him to fame, followed by successes like 'Young Guns'.