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Londoner’s Diary: Daniel Kaluuya: Oscar success hasn’t stopped racism

 (Dave Benett)
(Dave Benett)

ACTOR Daniel Kaluuya, who won an Oscar last year, said success hasn’t stopped him experiencing racism. “The police stop me. They don’t know I’ve got an Oscar, unless I’m carrying it out the [car] window” he said. Kaluuya won the award for playing Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah.

The Camden-born star, 33, also said he is “conflicted” over supporting the England football team, adding that the “toxic” racism after England’s loss in the final of Euro 2020 gave him “a jolt of a reminder” of abuse from growing up, often from parents of his friends. “It’s why we’re never comfortable in the pub,” he said during a chat with footballer Marcus Rashford on US show The Shop.

Kaluuya, left, says he plans to spend more time behind the camera.

Beatrice left dad to sweat

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Should Prince Andrew’s daughter Beatrice have told him not to do his infamous “I can’t sweat” BBC interview? Producer Sam McAlister, who set up the chat and is having her book on the saga made into a film, tells us Bea was a “rainmaker” over the deal. In hindsight the “best advice” would have been to say “no”, McAlister says, but Andrew is “a law unto himself”.

Was Truss right to channel Four Yorkshiremen?

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LIZ TRUSS channelled Monty Python’s Four Yorkshiremen as she attacked Rishi Sunak over privilege in the leader debate last night, saying she is a Tory to help kids like those “let down” at her Leeds school. But contemporary Laura Parker says this is “not true”, as it “had significant numbers going to university”. Truss is unlikely to be quizzed on this. She is said to have “no plans for broadcast interviews” this week.

Nigel Havers defends Harry

NIGEL HAVERS, who was a pal of Princess Diana, came to the defence of her son Harry last night. “He’s desperately in love with this girl,” the actor told an event at the Delaunay restaurant. “That’s tremendous and I think we should leave him alone.” A new book by Tom Bower on Meghan and Harry is out this week. With his many interviews and other deals, many would like to hear a bit less about Harry anyway.

Dua takes snaps

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DUA LIPA hosted a supper for her Puma collaboration at Bistrotheque in Hackney on Friday night. Bree Runway wore a wool balaclava sleeveless jumper, posing with fellow pop star Deto Black. Surely it’s too hot for that? Also there were presenters Clara Amfo and Nick Grimshaw, as well as singer Tems, rapper Pa Salieu, actor Isan Elba and drag star Bimini Bon Boulash. The Londoner spotted Dua running around taking snaps on her digital camera. Elsewhere that night, Pixie Lott sang at the launch of Häagen-Dazs’ ice cream van at Boxpark Shoreditch. That’s how you keep cool...