LEE MILLER NEWS 2002
FILM HITS CRISIS AS COUNCIL SAYS NO - 27th October 2002
THE fate of a movie starring Jonny Lee Miller as a Scots cycling
hero is in doubt after a council refused to bankroll it. Rob
Roy producer Peter Broughan is due to start filming The Flying
Scotsman, a comedy about Scots cycling ace Graeme Obree, in
two weeks, in Ayrshire.
Trainspotting star Miller is due to play the cyclist who
became a world champion on a bike made from old washing machine
parts. But Broughan had to go cap in hand to North Ayrshire
Council to bail out the £3.2million project. But the
council has refused to give a £7000 grant because it
isn't convinced the area will benefit.
Yesterday Broughan, who is £30,000 short of his budget,
said: "It's a disgrace. Not only will crews spend money
during filming but a film shines a light on an area, like
Rob Roy did for Lochaber, and makes it more attractive to
tourists." Rob Roy brought in nearly £7million
on location spending. It has taken Broughan five years since
the council contributed the first £5000 to help fund
the comedy. A council spokesman said: "Peter Broughan
is demanding funding because he has underbudgeted. "Our
activities and expenditure are rigorously scrutinised and
we simply cannot dish out public money."
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life story gathers momentum with Miller - The Scotsman - 19th
JONNY Lee Miller is to star in a £3.2million film which
charts the triumph and despair of the Scottish cyclist, Graeme
The Flying Scotsman, which starts filming in Ayrshire next
month, follows Obrees unlikely rise to the top of his
sport - after he assembled a bike from washing machine parts
- and his fall into depression, which led to his attempted
suicide last winter.
A deal with Miller was recently concluded, and the actor
spent Thursday in his first training session for the film
at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester. Miller, 29,
starred in Trainspotting and Complicity, and recently revealed
he hoped to play Obree. Obree himself is said to be delighted
the film is coming to fruition. Douglas MacKinnon will direct.
He is best known for his television work, including last years
Nice Guy Eddie (starring Ricky Tomlinson).
Obree, 37, came to prominence in 1993 when he won the 4,000m
pursuit at the world track championships in Norway on "Old
Faithful", the bike he had constructed himself. The same
year, he broke the one-hour world record by covering 32.95
miles. In 1995 he won the World Cup event in Athens followed
by the World Championship. However, Obree was diagnosed with
manic depression following years of violent mood swings. After
finishing disappointingly at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics he
was apparently talked down from a window ledge by a team-mate.
He took an overdose in 1998, and last December was found hanging
in a barn near his home in Irvine.
Peter Broughan of Bronco Films will produce the feature -
he also produced the 1995 adventure Rob Roy. Broughan said
he had long hoped to make a film about Obrees life -
which he called "another wonderful Scottish hero story".
He discovered five years ago that the writer Simon Rose had
been working on a script, which has since been developed with
Declan Hughes and John Brown. "Graemes been there
all the way through," added Broughan. "Weve
depended on him heavily for background information on his
The Flying Scotsman should premiere at the Cannes Film Festival
in spring 2003.
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HE GOOD Angelina back in touch with Miller - Daily Mirror
22nd Oct 2002
SHE'S made it no secret that she's hopeful of "finding
a way back" to her ex-husband after her marriage to actor
Billy Bob Thornton came to an end this year. And it appears
Angelina Jolie's wish has come true.
3am can reveal that the eccentric Hollywood star is back
on very good terms with hunky former husband Jonny Lee Miller,
who has recently split with fiancee Lisa Faulkner. Our source
said: "Angelina is on the phone to Jonny all the time
now that she's back in London.
"She was really down in the dumps when she arrived in
the UK. Her marriage was over and she had her adopted son
Maddox to bring up on her own. But re-establishing contact
with Jonny has put a smile back on her face."
Indeed. The 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who is patron
of the Adopt-A-Minefield charity, was glowing when she visited
a British de-mining training centre in Cheshire on Saturday.
And the reason was her English ex-hubby Jonny, 29, who was
bombarding her with calls.
Our source added: "Angelina gave her mobile to her assistant
and made it clear she didn't want to speak to anyone except
Jonny. He called her up a number of times. She was giggling
and joking every time."
News of the friendship comes as no surprise to 3am. We revealed
two months ago how Angelina had been calling the Trainspotting
star's film company Natural Nylon since arriving here to film
the Tomb Raider sequel.
Jonny, who was engaged to Faulkner at the time, only added
to Ms Jolie's misery by failing to respond. Until now.
Since his split with Faulkner last month, Jonny has admitted
he is "good friends" with his former wife. He said:
"I am talking to Angelina on a regular basis. She's well
and quite sane." Meanwhile Angelina has made it very
clear that she still has feelings. She said: "I wanted
to commit to Jonny. But he deserved more than I was prepared
to give him at that time."
They fell for each other while making the film Hackers.
In her trademark overly devoted manner, Angelina, who was
20, wore a white T-shirt with Jonny's name written on it in
blood. And her subsequent marriage to Thornton was followed
blood-swapping rituals. The poor girl doesn't seem to have
got this romance thing yet.
Mirror - Sept 23rd 2002
THERE'S nothing like a night out with the girls. Angela Griffin
decided to go for a meal with best pal Lisa Faulkner at London's
perennially fashionable Ivy.
But then the pair did have a lot to gossip about. The friends,
along with actress Nicola Stephenson, left, enjoyed their
evening as rumours surfaced that Lisa, 30, has split from
her fiance, Trainspotting star Jonny Lee Miller. And conspicuous
by its absence was Lisa's diamond and platinum engagement
ring, which she used to refer to affectionately as "the
rock". But a good nosh-up and a bottle of wine always
helps to get those men troubles off your chest.
DOES THE SPLITS - Sunday Mirror - 22nd Sept 2002
JONNY Lee Miller and Lisa Faulkner have broken off their
engagement, their saddened friends have informed me. Pals
say the pair called time on the 16-month romance two weeks
ago. It seems the golden couple couldn't survive their separation
due to work.
Ex-Holby City star Lisa has been filming Burn It in Manchester
for the past few months while Trainspotting actor Jonny has
been gallivanting around in London. Things haven't been going
right for a while for Jonny and Lisa, who went to the same
school but only got together last year and engaged in April.
Just last week Lisa, 30, was pictured during a serious retail
therapy session with actress best friend Nicola Stephenson,
who is also in Manchester filming Clocking Off.
Lisa was shown slumped in what many perceived to be exhaustion
after a heavy day's shopping. But I'm afraid to say she was
actually crying on Nicola's shoulder. Tongues have been wagging
ever since Lisa was spotted out with her Burn It co-star Kieran
O'Brien last month. They shared a cosy night in Manchester
and seemed very close as they enjoyed a meal with friends.
"It is very sad but Jonny and Lisa have been going through
some problems," one friend told me. "It is very
hard to sustain a relationship commuting between London and
Manchester. Lisa is still living at Jonny's house and they
are still talking. With any luck, now she has finished filming
Burn It and she's back in London, they will be able to sort
Perhaps it is Lisa's desire to sort things out with Jonny,
who is divorced from Hollywood starlet Angelina Jolie, that
is provoking Lisa to deny any rift. An aide insisted: "Lisa
is at Jonny's house now and is looking forward to being back
The couple had planned to wed next year. In April Lisa gushed:
"I would love a fairytale wedding but it is early days.
He asked me only two weeks ago. I knew instantly it was right.
The first thing I did was call my sister, and then my girlfriends
Angela Griffin and Nicola and they both screamed and cried."
I hope with all my heart you can get it back on track.
AGONY. Now Jolie's ex is avoiding her - Daily Mirror 6th August
She's the eccentric Hollywood star who, in her grief, has
cut herself off from the outside world. Since splitting from
husband Billy Bob Thornton, anguished actress Angelina Jolie,
27, has become something of a recluse So extreme has been
the screen beauty's hermit-like behaviour that last week her
father Jon Voight went on American TV to beg his daughter
to get in touch.
But 3am can exclusively reveal there is one person with whom
Ms Jolie has been desperate to re-establish contact - her
English ex-husband Jonny Lee Miller. The heartbroken actress
has been bombarding the Trainspotting star's film company
Natural Nylon with pleading phone calls since arriving in
London to film the sequel to Tomb Raider. But Jonny, now engaged
to former Holby City actress Lisa Faulkner, has only added
to Ms Jolie's misery by failing to respond.
Our source said: "Angelina has called up loads of times
and sounded very distraught. She was so desperate to talk
to Jonny. When we told her he was not around, she begged staff
to pass her messages on. Angelina left the number of the hotel
where she was staying and the room number. When he didn't
respond, she called back the next day and sounded very upset.
She stressed that she was in London and would be able to meet
him whenever he was free. It's very difficult for Jonny. He
still regards himself as Angelina's friend. But Lisa Faulkner
is the woman in his life now and he can't drop everything
for his ex-wife."
The Hollywood beauty was so beside herself she even got a
mutual friend to call Jonny from America, asking him to get
in touch. It comes as little surprise to 3am that the Oscar-winning
actress is keen to make contact with her hunky ex. After all
Jolie, who split from Jonny, 29, after 18 months of marriage,
has made it no secret that she still has feelings for the
She said: "Jonny and I never fought and we never hurt
each other. I wanted to commit to him. But he deserved more
than I was prepared to give him at that time of my life."
Jolie fell for Jonny while making the film Hacker.
The marriage had little chance from the start. In her trademark
overly devoted manner Angelina, who was 20, took to wearing
black rubber trousers and a white T-shirt with Jonny's name
written on it in blood. Fans of Ms Jolie's will recall that
her subsequent marriage to Thornton was punctuated by ridiculous
blood-swapping rituals and gestures such as buying each other
graves to be buried in.
The poor girl just hasn't quite got this romance thing right
yet. Our source added: "Jonny is one of the few men Angelina
feels she can trust. "She was young when she married
him but she's a mature woman now with an adopted son. And
she's determined to see Jonny in London."
A spokeswoman for Natural Nylon, which Jonny set up with
his pals Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and Sadie Frost, confirmed
Angelina has called the production company. She said: "It's
strictly professional. We have offered a project to Angelina.
I couldn't comment on whether Jonny has returned her calls."
Fairy-tale love. Daily Mirror 26th April
Lisa Faulkner has revealed her engagement to Jonny Lee Miller
is a dream come true for her. The 28-year-old ex-Holby city
actress says she burst into tears when british movie star
Jonny, 29, proposed two weeks ago. "I want to be a
princess, I want to be Rapunzel," she told 3am.
"I would love a fairy-tale wedding, a beautiful traditional
wedding - but it's all such early days. The first thing I
did was call my sister and then my two girlfriends Angela
Griffin and Nicola Stephenson and they both screamed and cried."
Talking to us at the launch of Spooks, a new BBC spy thriller
Lisa showed off her engagement ring. "It's Platinum
with a diamond. I designed it" she added.
The timing of the wedding has yet to be sorted - all that
is clear is that it will be a 2003 affair. But one thing is
for sure - it will be a more sedate affair than Jonnys last
wedding. When Trainspotting sta Jonny married Angelina Jolie
in 1995, the hollywood actress wrote his name on her wedding
outfit with her own blood. It doesn't sound as if Lisa will
be attempting a repeat performance.
Speaks of engagement for the first time. Daily Mirror 22nd
Lisa Faulkner has spoken for the first time about her engagement
to actor Jonny Lee Miller. The ex-holby city actress burst
into tears when the Trainspotting star proposed last week.
"My ideal would be making a film with Brad Pitt which
breaks box office records, having a baby and a wonderful husband
to go home to" says Lisa. "At least one of those
is likely to come true now"
babe Lisa to wed actor Jonny
SEXY TV actress LISA FAULKNER and her Trainspotting star
boyfriend JONNY LEE MILLER are getting married. The former
Holby City babe was stunned when Jonny got down on one knee
and proposed. The lovestruck pair had an on-off relationship
from October 2000 but got together for keeps in September
last year. Lisa, who played Dr Victoria Merrick in the BBC
medical drama, is said to be “over the moon”. Jonny – who
played Sick Boy in the cult flick about heroin addiction –
has been telling friends and family the happy news. A source
close to the actor said: “He and Lisa are madly in love. They
were out one night last week and Jonny got down on one knee
and asked her to marry him. “Lisa didn’t hesitate to say yes
and she got quite emotional. She was clearly over the moon.
“Jonny has been grinning like a Cheshire cat since Lisa said
yes.” The couple were mates at school 15 years ago and kept
in touch as their acting careers took off. When they started
dating, Lisa – who quit Holby a year ago – said: “I can recommend
finding love with an old friend. It’s the best thing ever
as you know each other so well.” Lisa dated TREY PARKER, creator
of cult cartoon South Park before getting back with Jonny.
Her husband-to-be was once married to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
star ANGELINA JOLIE. They divorced after a year. Jonny has
also dated ex-All Saint NATALIE APPLETON. View this article
Lee Miller to play FBI agent in Mindhunters
Jonny Lee Miller is to replace Gerard Butler as the star
of a new psychological thriller called Mindhunters. He plays
a new FBI agent sent to a remote island to be trained on how
to track serial killers. Other stars include Christian Slater,
Kathryn Morris, Patricia Velazquez, LL Cool J and Val Kilmer.Butler
had to drop out of the project because of scheduling conflicts
with his other film Timeline.The seven FBI trainees must put
theory into practice when it emerges a killer is among them.
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Jonny Lee Miller - pantomime dame! Heat Magazine - 22nd of
A ball dress and poodle perm wig is probably not the best
look for Jonny Lee Miller. But given that the stars are positively
queuing up for a cameo role in The play what I wrote,
at London's Wyndham's theatre, maybe Jonny felt it was worth
going the extra mile to land the part. And getting into the
festive spirit with the traditional garb of pantomime dame
could only help the cause. Just a few weeks ago it was Jonny's
pal and Trainspotting co-star Ewan McGregorwho was
on the receiving end of the gags in the play - a tribute to
Morcambe and Wise, directed by Kenneth Branagh. The play includes
a celebrity cameo every night and, as Heat reported recently,
word has it that a long list of stars including Keanu Reeves,
Naomi Campbell and Kylie are all desperate to appear. So who
will be the next to appear? Rumours are circulating that a
certain Mrs M Ritchie is considering the role.
time for Jude's birthday boy
Jude Law and Sadie Frosts son Rafferty had some high profile
friends round for this 5th birthday party. Anais, the 20 month
old daughter of Meg Matthews and Noel Gallagher, came along
with her mum And so did three-year-old Molly, the daughter
of Liam Gallagher, with her mum singer Lisa Moorish. While
birthday boy Rafferty dressed as a pirate, his dad's friend
and business partner Jonny Lee Miller came as a knight and
jousted with Rafferty's older half brother Finlay, aged 10,
Sadies son from her previous marriage to Gary Kemp.
Please see Gallery 8 to view the pictures