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Rory Cassidy

Only an Excuse star reveals footballing legends who were his biggest fans

Scottish comedy legend Jonathan Watson has revealed the famous faces who were his biggest fans.

The star, who recently appeared in Doctor Who, said Graeme Souness, Walter Smith, Kenny Dalglish and Denis Law loved his impressions of them in BBC sketch show Only an Excuse?.

But he said Souness' son was not as big a fan, telling him he was teased by other kids at school because of the impression of his dad.

And Watson and fellow Scottish comedy legend Elaine C. Smith said they are like giggling school kids when filming hit show Two Doors Down.

The pair, who went to drama school together, now play neighbours in the popular BBC sitcom, which is due for a fifth series.

Jonathan Watson and Elaine C. Smith onstage with Still Game star Sanjeev Kohli. (Daily Record.)

They spoke at a Tent talk, hosted by Sanjeev Kohli, at a free event as part of Ayr Holy Fair on Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of fans crammed into a packed tent to see the stars take the stage and chat to Kohli, who played shopkeeper Navid Harrid in Still Game, about their decades in Scottish entertainment.

When asked by Kohli who his biggest fans were, he named the footballing legends.

He said: "Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Walter Smith and Denis Law, they all loved it.

"They pretended they hated it but they didn't.

The cast of Two Doors Down, including Jonathan Watson andElaine C. Smith. (BBC Scotland.)

"Graeme Souness said to me recently, 'How come you're not taking the p*** out of me anymore?'.

"One time this guy came up to me and asked for a photo with me.

"It was Graeme Souness' son, and he said, 'Can I tell you, when I was at school you made my life hell because of that impression!'."

Watson also told fans the story behind the "Where's the burds?" catchphrase he used when impersonating former Celtic, St Mirren and Falkirk striker Frank McAvennie.

He said: "Frank McAvennie said he never used to say, "Where's the burds?" but he did.

"A guy called Andy Hutton worked in the production department at BBC Scotland.

"He was in Bairds Bar in the East End of Glasgow one day.

"Frank McAvennie walked in, looked around the place and it was all guys, and he said to the barman, 'Where's the burds?'.

"Andy told us that story and that's why we used it - that's where it came from."

And Elaine C. Smith, who shot to stardom playing Mary Doll in '90s comedy Rab C. Nesbitt, revealed that she and Watson often get into trouble for laughing on the set of Two Doors Down.

She said: "We are like school kids laughing when sitting up the back of the class.

"You know when the teacher tells you to be quiet, and the more they say it the more you laugh? That's us.

"The crew tell us to be quiet but we just can't, we just keep on laughing."

The remainder of season 4 of Two Doors Down is due for broadcast later this year.

Filming for the series was interrupted three times - twice by the Covid-19 pandemic and once by star Joy McAvoy going into labour.

The actress, who is the sister of film star James McAvoy and plays Michelle in the show, gave birth to a boy after her waters broke during filming.

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