On a rain-soaked day in Lincolnshire, there was a chink of Hollywood glamour for the residents of Boston, after actor Rob Lowe was spotting filming his latest show there.
The market town is providing the backdrop for new ITV drama Wild Bill, which sees a high-flying American cop joining the down-to-earth bobbies of the Lincolnshire East constabulary.
For some living in the town, the sight of the West Wing and St Elmo’s Fire star posing for photos and even holding a tray of the region’s famous sausage was too much for some.
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From Los Angeles to Lincolnshire! Actor Rob Lowe, 54, poses for a selfie with a local resident after he arrived this week to play US cop Bill Hixon in filming for new ITV series Wild Bill
A new trader! The 54-year-old star, dressed in police uniform, even got involved in a meat raffle at the town’s market as he had fun with local residents
There was confusion at first, with many assuming that the star was in front of rolling cameras in Massachusetts. However, once the word was out that it was actually the original Boston that Lowe had decamped to from LA, the crowds began to gather.
On Twitter, many said their teenage selves would have been utterly starstuck by Lowe appearing in uniform in the town’s centre.
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@AuntieMongo gushed: ‘It might only be a glimpse but @RobLowe is looking a proper dish in uniform in #Boston today.’
@emilyvcole added: ‘How cool is that?! (says someone who spent many happy teen hours watching Rob Lowe films!)’
Many took to social media to express their delight at seeing the St Elmo’s Fire star looking incongruous as he threw up an apple at the market
The star appears alongside Cutting It star Angela Griffiths who tweeted that it was lovely to be in the town, even if it was raining
Griffiths said it felt like the whole town had ‘turned out’ to greet the actors
Rob Lowe and Angela Griffiths stroll through the town, near the Herbert Ingram Memorial, as filming gets underway
@AybBell revealed her shock at seeing the set: ‘Randomly walking down Tunnard street, Boston to the bank and straight through a film set crawling with security #likeyoudo #@RobLowe #WildBill’
@Kitty_B_Good penned: ‘Went to see a bit of ‘Wild Bill’ being filmed in Boston this evening and ended up shaking Rob Lowe’s hand!!!!! Unexpected stardust in eyes when I left!’
Another user, @fifikay81, snarked that the town wasn’t quite as enchanting as the US city with the same name, writing: ‘Rob Lowe’s filming his new TV show in Boston at the moment. Rob Lowe. In Boston. He must be miserable. I can’t cope with more than an hour there. It’s gonna be a long shoot hey Rob?’
The show follows the police officer as he lands in Boston with his 14-year-old daughter Kelsey in tow, with the pair escaping a painful recent past.
Lowe, who also acts as an executive producer for the series, said: ‘As an actor, Wild Bill is a larger than life character who’s outrageously articulate, has nothing to lose and revels in being an American fish out of water.
As an executive producer, I’m excited to work with such talented partners and to come back to work in the UK, which I always love.’
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