Capital celebs pull in £25k for after-dinner gigs

Catherine Grainger. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Catherine Grainger. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A HOST of Edinburgh and Lothians celebrities can earn upwards of £25,000 for speaking engagements, according to London-based company JLA.

Details of how much they can command for speaking engagements have been revealed online.

The Capital’s Sir Chris Hoy can earn most – over £25,000 for a night’s work – more than double what B-listed celebrities command.

Hoy is rated AA, along with the likes of Scots singer Emile Sande and chef Gordon Ramsay.

The Scots stars are graded on the talent agency website as AA, A, B, C, D – with the top band charging the fattest fees.

But others can make thousands for just a few hours work.

Those in demand include Edinburgh entrepreneur Sir Tom Farmer, golfer Bernard Gallacher’s TV presenter daughter Kirsty and comedian Ronnie Corbett.

Daytime TV queen Lorraine Kelly gets an A-grade celebrity status, meaning she earns up to £15,000-a-night more than B-rated Newsnight stalwart Kirsty Wark.

A-graded stars include businessman Duncan Bannatyne. His speech titles include “Change your life” and “Rags-to-riches to Dragon’s Den”.

But Bannatyne’s friend, Scots businesswoman Michelle Mone, is only B-rated by JLA, meaning she has to make do with £5000 to £10,000 for a conference speech.

Among Scots broadcasters, Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young enjoys A-grade status and payments of up to £25,000-a-speech.

C-listers – who can command between £2500 and £5000 – include Hazel Irvine and Dougie Donnelly. Dougie Vipond is listed as a D, meaning a charge of £1000 to £2500.

Although the E category – charging less than £1000 – exists, it proved impossible to find any celebrities listed there.

Scots comics including Frankie Boyle, Ronnie Corbett, Richard Wilson, Rory Bremner and Kevin Bridges all enjoy A status.

Olympic gold medalist Catherine Grainger, who learned to row at Edinburgh University, enjoys B-rated payments, while celebrity cyclist Mark Beaumont is on the C list.