No self-respecting award ceremony would want you to think it wasn’t the biggest, most exclusive gig in town – so it has to look like a sold out star-fest to the adoring TV audiences at home. But it’s all just smoke and mirrors... and seat fillers.
Say a star wins an award, presents part of the show or even pops to the toilet; they leave behind them an empty seat and a chink in the armour of celebrity. That’s where the humble seat filler comes in.
Teams of well dressed volunteers wait in the wings to temporarily fill any empty spots, so that when the camera turns round, you get a sea of smiling faces, not a spattering of lonely luvvies.
“You have to be pretty quick,” says Ed Toll, seat filler at the BAFTAs 2012 and this year too, “And if the seat’s in theRead More »from Confessions of a BAFTAs seat filler