Lawson filming at Wellington station
Here's a little peek at celebrity chef Nigella Lawson as she films at Wellington Railway Station.
Security was tight on the set of a Whittaker's chocolate advertisement, but there was a glimpse to be had of the domestic goddess for commuters and gawkers.
The owner of Lesvos Shoe and Bag Repair at the station, Babu Chauhan, let the cat out of the bag this morning on Lawson's plans.
"It's the worst kept secret in town," Chauhan said.
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The railway station concourse was abuzz with activity this morning as a large film crew put the finishing touches on the set. The crew had erected high black screens round the set about 10:30 this morning.
The workers waited in a large tent on the grass in front of the station as three large trucks unloaded cameras and lighting for the shoot, but remained tight-lipped about the culinary queen's whereabouts.
Extras for the advertisement were ushered on to the set about 10:45am and shortly afterwards Lawson came back out on to the set for discussions with the production team.
Lawson, whose cooking shows and books have brought her millions of fans around the world, has been the star of Porirua chocolate company Whittaker's adverts since 2012.
She was reportedly stopped from entering the United States last month after admitting during a fraud case in London last year that she had used cocaine and cannabis and as a result could also have been excluded from New Zealand without special dispensation.
Lawson arrived here on Saturday and photographed going through Auckland Airport customs, but Whittaker's has decided to keep her visit low-profile.
"Yes, Nigella is here in Wellington to shoot our next commercial. Yes, her arrival is as exciting to us as the royals," a spokeswoman confirmed last night.
The spokeswoman would not disclose details of the shoot, but said: "We hope people will respect the fact that we didn't abandon our relationship with her just because of something she did in her past, especially given the tough time she has had recently.
"We appreciate her honesty on the matter. In our experience, she is a delight to work with and we are pleased to have the opportunity to work with her again."
Immigration New Zealand said it had reviewed the information supplied as part of Lawson's work visa application, and determined she not currently excluded from the United States.
"As a result Ms Lawson will not need a special direction for future travel to New Zealand unless her circumstances change," it said.
The Dominion Post