I was in Full House magazine in July 2005. If you want to see the article then click here.

If you want to know what was written then read this.

SIGN HERE, PLEASE!

Ellen Stafford, 26 of Oldfield Park, Bath, loves autographs.

It has to arrive soon" I muttered. Then an envelope dropped onto the mat. I ripped it open. "Wow," I said. "Brilliant!" I'd written to the actor Shane Richie asking for his autograph. Now he'd sent a signed photo. I was glad to have it but the fun part had been the anticipation. I'd just have to collect more!

I started writing to celebrities. They didn't all reply. But the waiting part was exciting. Soon I was sending off 60 letters a month. I began to get replies of signed photos or letters. It was a thrill each time.

Two years passed. Soon I had over 400 autographs. As well as sending letters I made a note of any stars coming to my town. When I discovered the comedienne Jo Brand was doing a book signing I went along. "Can I get my picture taken with you?" I asked. "Of course" she said. When I got the photo developed I sent it to her. She posted it back with the message I don't know who's the most gorgeous. She'd written it next to her signature.

My autographs are filed away but I scan them into my computer to display on the internet. I've got everyone from Elton John to Barbara Windsor. My boyfriend Nigel was so impressed he started collection too. I was happy that we had a hobby to share.

Since joining Eastenders, Shane Richie become so popular I'd probably be waiting ages for him to write back. Someone I know had to wait 12 years to get a reply from an actor. As for me, I'll be collecting autographs for as long as I can. I can't see myself ever signing off.

Edited by Anna Gordon



© Ellen Stafford, 2005