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NOVEMBER 18, 2007

THE ELIGIBLES

Scotland’s hottest

100 men and women


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David Tennant, actor

and most eligible Scot

PORTRAIT MARK EILBECK


SCOTLAND’S

MOST ELIGIBLE

Funny, sexy, successful and intelligent: these are the men and women who

have everything – except someone special in their life. In the pages that

follow, we bring you all you need to know about Scotland’s most wanted

The Men

1

DAVID TENNANT

ACTOR, 36

Lives Cardiff and London

Who is he? The boy from Bathgate has

come a long way from those early days

playing a transsexual in Rab C Nesbitt.

Now he’s the most popular Time Lord

ever (according to Doctor Who

Magazine). But he’s no one-trick pony.

Along the way he has played the world’s

greatest lover (Casanova), a dark wizard

(Barty Crouch Jr in Harry Potter) and is

due to take on the tortured prince of

Denmark in the Royal Shakespeare

Company’s production of Hamlet

next year.

Past girlfriends include Anne-Marie

Duff, the Shameless star, who is now

married to James McAvoy, and he is

reported to have recently split from

actress Sophia Myles, whom he met

when she appeared with him in the

Doctor Who episode The Girl in the

Fireplace. They started dating in

October 2005 but David is said to

have ended the relationship, blaming

the lack of time they were able to spend

together following Sophia’s move to

Los Angeles.

Plus The 6ft 1in star is gorgeous, yet

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modest – describing himself as “the least

sexy man on the planet” – and refreshingly

down to earth for one so famous.

“Before I became known and I was in

the company of somebody who was

famous, I always imagined that it would

give you great self-confidence,” he says.

“But I’ve discovered that the opposite is

true. It does make you self-conscious

and it can be a bit frightening at times.

But I’m not complaining. I’m not an

idiot. I knew what I was taking on.”

Minus If his Time Lord abilities are

real, there’s always a chance he could

metamorphose into the former Doctor

Who/Worzel Gummidge actor Jon

Pertwee.

Do Keep a low profile – he is notoriously

private. “No one teaches you how to deal

with all that sort of stuff,” he has said of

the interest in his private life. “You have

to decide for yourself where the line will

be drawn. It’s about your own personal

integrity. You just have to figure it out as

you go along.”

Don’t Make any Skoda jokes. David drives

one – and has twice been stopped for

speeding in it.

WORDS SALLY RAIKES AND EMMA HORRELL

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JAMIE MURRAY

TENNIS PLAYER, 21

Lives London

Who is he? This year’s

Wimbledon mixeddoubles

champion –

or to put it another

way, the first Brit to win

a senior Wimbledon

title in 20 years. However

you view it, Jamie is a world-class

tennis player fast emerging from younger

brother Andy’s shadow. Nicknamed The

Stretch on account of his long arms, he

put much of his Wimbledon victory down

to the chemistry he shared with Serbian

partner Jelena Jankovic, but remains coy

about whether the two are an item, after

the not-so-subtle flirting on Centre Court.

Plus If you’re tall and dark, you could be

his match: his dream date is Sinead

Moynihan (of Hollyoaks).

Minus He’s enjoying his time down south

– it’s unlikely he’ll be returning to live

north of the border in the near future.

Do Expect a date in an exotic restaurant

– he’s a fan of Japanese cuisine.

Don’t Keep ringing him – you’ll have to

live with the fact he’ll be away for

months at a time.

JOHN SMEATON

HAVE-A-GO HERO, 31

Lives Erskine

Who is he? The baggage

handler who tackled

one of the terrorists

who crashed into

Glasgow Airport in

a Jeep this summer

played down his havea-go-hero

status with the classic soundbite:

“If terrorists come to Glasgow, we’ll

set aboot ye.” But it wasn’t long before

his exploits were being covered by news

agencies around the world, turning the

airport worker who still lives with his

parents and – irony of ironies – is scared

of flying into a media superstar, complete

with his own column in The Sun.

Plus You’ll feel safe as houses in his

company. Oh, and you’ll never have

to lug a suitcase anywhere again.

Minus Having “morning-after” breakfast

served by his mum could be a bit of a

damper.

Do Ask him about going to No 10 to meet

Gordon Brown, and being introduced to

Paris Hilton’s parents in New York.

Don’t Make any sudden moves behind

the wheel.

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ACTOR, 38

Lives Los Angeles

Who is he? This year

the red-haired,

blue-eyed boy

won rave reviews

starring alongside

Alan Cumming in

The Bacchae at

the Edinburgh Festival – his first

appearance on the Scottish stage since

1994. Tony made the move Stateside

in 2003, following the release of The

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,

in which he played the invisible man.

He has since starred in Red Road with

fellow Scot Martin Compston, and

alongside Cate Blanchett and George

Clooney in The Good German.

Plus He is 6ft 2in in his stocking soles,

meaning this is a man you can really

look up to. And he looks great in a kilt.

Minus LA is a long way to go for dinner

à deux.

Do Mention that you’re a big fan of Celtic

– that’s sure to score Brownie points.

Don’t Mention your phobia of bats. He

has played a vampire twice: in Blade II

and Underworld: Evolution.

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4 TONY CURRAN

5

GARY LIGHTBODY

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SINGER, 31

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? After

touring Australia on

the final leg of Snow

Patrol’s latest world

tour, lead singer Gary

is enjoying some welldeserved

time off. It’s

been a busy year – the band released the

song ‘Signal Fire’ for the soundtrack of

Spiderman 3 and Gary has also been

working on the album Listen...Tanks!, a

collaboration with U2 producer Jacknife

Lee that Gary cryptically describes as

“Russian submarine music”. He says he’d

love to do a film score with his friend

David Mackenzie (director of Hallam

Foe). Watch this space.

Plus Despite worldwide fame, he can

still have a pint in a pub unnoticed.

Minus Going by his lyrics, Gary’s had

some fairly disastrous relationships.

Do Be politically committed – he’s

outspoken on poverty and fair trade.

Don’t Take him on holiday. “I just don’t

enjoy them. Relaxing for me is working,

not sitting on a beach and reading.”

6 MUTLEY

VISUAL ARTIST AND CURATOR, 30

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? The man

responsible for

Glasgow’s alternative

music, fashion and

arts scene, Andrew

Fleming Brown –

known to all as

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Mutley (a childhood nickname that

stuck) – has transformed a former

customs warehouse by the River Clyde

into the Studio Warehouse, a venue for

exhibitions, live music and catwalk

shows.

Plus Inside information on all the best

up-and-coming artists and access to the

most interesting shows in town.

Minus You’ll be lucky to get a peek in his

diary – life is a constant round of

openings, launches and gigs.

Do Be a Parisian. “That beautiful accent...

and I’d love any opportunity to go there.”

Don’t Lack motivation or drive.

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JASON YORKE-EDGELL

MD OF EBEL WATCHES, 41

Lives Glasgow and

London

Who is he? Luxury

Swiss watch company

Ebel recently secured

Gisele Bündchen as

the face of the brand,

largely thanks to

Jason, who has had the oh-so-laborious

job of working with the supermodel.

He has been responsible for turning the

brand around in recent years, with the

aim of making it the last word in

sophistication and style. He divides his

time between London and Scotland –

a place close to his heart.

Plus He’s looking for a companion to take

his Monteverdi sports car for a spin in

the Scottish countryside.

Minus Despite what he does for a living,

he’s not a great time-keeper.

Do “Have grace, honesty and a zest of

spirit.”

Don’t “Be self-obsessed or superficial.”

STEPHEN McKECHNIE

PROPERTY INVESTOR, 38

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? A self-made

millionaire, Stephen

is the managing

director of Glasgowbased

Kelvin

Properties, and owns

property worth more

than £40 million (and growing). He

drives an Aston Martin and holidays in

several destinations across the globe

where he owns property, including a

golfing haven in Portugal and a luxury

five-star chalet on the shores of Loch

Lomond.

Plus Membership to some of the world’s

top golf and spa resorts, VIP treatment

and front row seats at gigs (he’s a music

buff and loves The Killers).

Minus Unless you’ve got the energy to

keep up with his ‘international jet set’

lifestyle, you’ll never see him.

Do “Know how to let your hair down.”

Don’t “Smoke or be possessive.” Stephen

once had an anonymous stalker who

repeatedly sent him unsigned love

letters over many months.

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JAMES MILLAR

FASHION DESIGNER, 25

Lives London

Who is he? James has

spent the last eight

seasons working

alongside Scotland’s

most celebrated

fashion designer

Jonathan Saunders.

His own creations include colourful

unisex knits and embellished T-shirts,

all painstakingly made by hand. James,

who grew up in Kilsyth, graduated from

Central Saint Martins with an MA in

fashion last year. Watch out for his dry

sense of humour and his snakehips on

the dancefloor.

Plus Free clothes and access to great

parties.

Minus “No matter how much I eat I’m

always going to be skinnier than a

partner, and I always have to have the

last word, even when I’m wrong.”

Do “Make an effort with your appearance

and have different interests to mine.”

Don’t “Bring any emotional baggage on

a date.”

10 RORY LAMONT

RUGBY PLAYER, 25

Lives Altrincham

Who is he? This year

was a “dream come

true” for Rory, who

played full-back for

Scotland in the Rugby

World Cup and scored

memorable tries

against Portugal and Romania. His hard

work on the pitch paid off last month,

when he was voted Scotland’s player of

the year. Having starred for Glasgow for

three years, he was signed up by Sale

Sharks over the summer, who are based

in Manchester.

Plus A splendid physique – see the

evidence for yourself on page 16.

Minus His energy dips: training is so

physically draining there’s little chance

of him doing anything active after it.

Do Plan a surprise for a Sunday – his one

free day of the week.

Don’t Confuse him with his fellow rugby

player and older brother, Sean.

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THOMAS ASHDOWN

ENTREPRENEUR, 35

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? If you’ve

rented a flat in

Scotland in the last

seven years, the

chances are Thomas

had something to do

with it. Known for

Citylets, his property rental portal, he’s a

serial internet and media entrepreneur,

having set up and four successful

businesses, which he continues to run.

Work aside, you’ll find him in, or by, the

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Press officer Humza

Yousaf (No 13)

PORTRAIT ROB McDOUGALL

water. A keen rower, he has competed

twice at the Henley Royal Regatta, and

when he’s not in the boat himself, he

coaches other rowers.

Plus He does his bit for charity – he’s a

patron of Shelter Scotland and supports

many other voluntary organisations

Minus Admits he needs to get out more.

“I know who’s who on The X Factor –

enough said.”

Do Talk about film – his family founded

the Northern Ireland Film & TV

Commission and he’s keen to branch

out into movies.

Don’t Make fun of Scottish cricket – he

sponsors the national ground.

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Lives London and

Leeds

Who is he? After his

school drama teacher

recognised his

potential and

recommended him for

a small role in Taggart

at the tender age of 12, there’s been no

stopping Joe. He was a familiar face for

six years on Take the High Road and in

the television adaptation of Iain Banks’s

The Crow Road. He also appeared in the

Glasgow gang movie Small Faces and

recently turned his hand to singing and

dancing in the stage show of Chitty

Chitty Bang Bang. Now he’s the newest

PC on the Heartbeat beat.

Plus He has a poet’s soul. His website

features the Yeats passage: “I have

spread my dreams under your feet. Tread

softly because you tread on my dreams.”

Minus He says his hectic filming schedule

leaves him little time for romance.

Do Read up on his favourite novels:

he loves anything by Ian Rankin and

Thomas Harris.

Don’t Say: “I remember you when you

were just a wee boy in Take the High

Road.”

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JOE McFADDEN

ACTOR, 32

HUMZA YOUSAF

PARLIAMENTARY

PRESS OFFICER, 22

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? The events

of 9/11 propelled

young Muslim

Humza towards a

career in government.

Campaigning since

high school, he served

a gruelling internship in Alex Salmond’s

Westminster office this year and takes

his role as parliamentary press officer to

Bashir Ahmad MSP very seriously. Day

job aside, you’ll find him working in the

Muslim Association and lobbying for

human rights groups as well as black

and ethnic minorities.

Plus No shortage of conversation. Humza

does a podcast and takes part in every

debate he can.

Minus His stubbornness. “If I believe I’m

15 MARK NOE

DIRECTOR, 34

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right, you’ll need to hire a crane to

budge me.”

Do “Make me laugh until there are tears

rolling down my cheeks and my sides

are aching.”

Don’t Be afraid to challenge certain

assumptions. “I’m not a fan of women

who can’t think for themselves.”

14 EMUN ELLIOTT

ACTOR, 23

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? A member

of the cast of the

award-winning play

Black Watch, Emun

plays Fraz, “a cheeky

chappie who gets

himself into trouble”.

He’s just returned from performing in

LA and New York and has a month off

before a two-month tour of Australia

and New Zealand. A graduate of the

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and

Drama, where he was awarded the gold

medal for his year, Emun has also

appeared on stage in Ubu the King and

had onscreen roles in Afterlife and the

film The Clan. Half Persian (hence his

name – pronounced ‘Eee-mon’), he’s

hoping to revisit family in Iran.

Plus He’ll sing to you and strum his

guitar, which he even takes on tour.

Minus How are your sea legs?

Speedboating is a new thrill he

discovered in Los Angeles.

Do “Throw all clichés of a nice date out

of the window and fly me to Seville.”

Don’t Ask him to shave. Playing a cleanshaven

soldier, he’d rather avoid a razor

on his days off.

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? Founder

and managing

director of Third

Eye Design, a

multi-million-pound

branding consultancy

with studios in

Glasgow, London and New York.

Mark’s clients include The Macallan,

Dow Jones and RBS – and, most

recently, Santiago Calatrava’s latest

project, the Chicago Spire, which, at

2000ft, will be the tallest residential

building in the world. A self-confessed

fitness addict, he trains every other day

but also enjoys spending time with his

three-year-old daughter.

Plus A love of the finer things in life.

Minus He’s on a plane every week,

clocking up over 250,000 air miles this

year alone. Next year he’ll be in northern

Europe, the Far East and the west coast

of America, scouting for new office

locations.

Do “Be a great listener. And selfassurance

is very appealing.”

Don’t “Smoke.”

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Commonwealth

gold-medal winner

David Carry (No 16)

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16 DAVID CARRY

SWIMMER, 26

Lives Loughborough

Who is he? Aberdeenborn

David was

inspired to become a

professional athlete

by his headteacher, a

former Olympian.

Swimming is his

sport and a 2006 gold medal from the

Melbourne Commonwealth Games

has pride of place among his many

accolades. But the prizes come at a

price: he trains in Australia four times a

year and in a typical week gets through

five gym workouts and 70km in the pool.

On dry land, he gives motivational talks

to inspire others in his sport and has

done a photoshoot for Adidas.

Plus A rippling, washboard stomach.

Minus Early to bed every night on

account of the gruelling fitness regime.

Do Compliment him on his Sunday

roasts – they’re second to none – and

dish him up a big portion. After all that

exercise he’s constantly hungry.

Don’t Light up. Smoking is a big no-no.

17 DUNCAN FREW

ENTREPRENEUR, 22

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Not content

with studying for his

degree at Strathclyde

University, Duncan

spent much of his

student days laying

the foundations for

BadaBoom Bars, his brand promotion

and events company, which he started by

providing mobile bars for house parties.

Now working at events such as T in the

Park and RockNess, he has secured contracts

with Ernst & Young and Red Bull,

and was crowned Glasgow Shell LiveWire

Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 .

Plus As well as the drinks, he’ll provide

the laughs.

Minus You’ll have to share him with his

mobile – it’s on 24/7.

Do Show your stamina. He likes to party

from dusk till dawn.

Don’t Pretend you’re Paris Hilton.

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ROBERT HICKS

MUSIC PROMOTER, 36

46

Lives Ullapool

Who is he? The man

behind RockNess, the

two-day music festival

in Loch Ness. The

event drew a record

35,000 people this

summer, not to mention

headline acts such as Daft Punk and

Chemical Brothers. Robert organises the

annual Belladrum and Loopallu festivals

too. The latter – one of the most remote

gigs in the UK – has been headlined by

Franz Ferdinand. He has also just

bought a hotel and pub in Ullapool.

Plus VIP tickets to the best gigs in

Scotland – and now, top-notch seafood

on demand.

Minus Persuading him to take a holiday:

he works seven days a week.

Do Be a natural beauty. “I’m not a fan of

loads of make-up.”

Don’t Be clingy. You’ll have to stand on

your own two feet.

19 MATT HEALY

ACTOR, 38

Lives Leeds

Who is he? Otherwise

known as the ruthless

Matthew King in

Emmerdale, Matt has

been in the soap for

nearly four years. His

acting career (with

parts in The Bill, Corrie and Holby) has

been punctuated with numerous odd

jobs – he has worked as a courier and a

tiler. He is proud of his Scottish roots –

he moved south from Paisley at the age

of two and a half – and takes every

opportunity to visit family in Greenock

and have a night out in Glasgow.

Plus He’s up for a laugh.

Minus Be prepared for him to complain –

loudly – in restaurants if the meal isn’t

up to scratch

Do Take him on a European city break.

Don’t “Be a snooty Tory England football

supporter.”

20 DEREK WEBSTER

JUICE MAESTRO, 30

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Travels in

Australia inspired

Derek to tap into the

growing juice market

and his trendy

Edinburgh bar Juice

Almighty was born

earlier this year, under the mantra

“Juice is the new coffee”. When he’s not

squeezing fruit and mixing concoctions

for your pleasure, you can find Derek

hitting the gym or his drum kit or, better

yet, cooking up a mean risotto.

Plus A hot juice menu, featuring warming

specials like pear juice with cinnamon

syrup, is on its way for winter… mmm.

Minus “I get really cranky when I’m

hungry.”

Do Suggest a surf on the island of Islay.

Don’t Suggest grabbing a latte in

Starbucks.

21 ANDREW McALLISTER

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, 32

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Heading

up the security side

of The Upfront

Group (the largest

licensed trade

security company in

Scotland), you’d be in

safe hands on Andy’s arm. A challengeseeker

by nature, when he’s not working

hard you’ll find him playing just as hard.

He’s in training for endurance race

Strathpuffer 24, and he also scuba dives,

climbs and mountain bikes.

Plus All this and looks too – he models

with the Colours Agency.

Minus Responsible for 1,200 staff from

Inverness to Leeds, his time can be a

precious commodity.

Do Be yourself and have fun – he’s a real

people person.

Don’t Nip out for a smoke – he abhors

the habit.

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22 BILLY McELHANEY

ACTOR, 50

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? Billy plays

River City’s baddieturned-goodie

Jimmy

Mullen, and you’ve

probably also seen

him (with slightly

more hair) in past

episodes of Taggart. Calling himself “the

drinking woman’s crumpet”, when he’s

not playing stormy scenes in Shieldinch,

he’s a self-confessed gym junkie and a

die-hard Hibs fan.

Plus He’s a good listener and likes a laugh.

Minus You’ll get lumbered with the

tidying up – he lives in organised chaos.

Do Loosen up and keep an open mind.

Don’t Try and get a word in – he can talk

the hind legs off a donkey.

23 HAMISH CARRUTHERS

STYLIST, 23

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Part of the

Carruthers Textile

Associates family,

Hamish has inherited

a hefty dose of chic.

A freelance stylist for

the music videos of

Amy Macdonald, The Fratellis and Sons

and Daughters, he spends his working

week managing PR at fledgling company

Hive. His career kicked off at university,

working on aftershow parties at

Edinburgh Fashion Week, and was

behind the launch party for the new

Glasgow Agent Provocateur store.

Plus His former job as a chef means

you’re guaranteed a good meal.

Minus Bad hair days are banned – you’ll

have to look the part stepping out with

this fashionable fellow.

Do Book him early: his schedule’s scary.

Don’t Forget to say please – old-fashioned

manners go a long way with Hamish.

24 CAMERON STOUT

RADIO PRESENTER, 36

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? There were

no post-Big Brother

blues for Cameron,

whose skills as a

presenter continue

to grow. He hosted a

BBC Radio Scotland

series to find the 100 favourite Scottish

traditional tunes, and on this year’s BBC

Radio Pudsey he’s rubbing shoulders

with Terry Wogan. In training for meeting

Miss Right, he’s playing the Prince in

Cinderella at Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre.

Plus Expect to be surprised – it could be

fish suppers or flights to Singapore.

Minus Trying to keep up with him – he’s

off on a charity drive to China soon.

Do Be an engaging conversationalist.

Don’t Talk too much: quality not quantity.

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TENOR, 24

Lives London

Who is he? This year

Nicky’s album

reached number

one in the classical

charts. In between

touring the UK

and singing at

Hampden Park, the Guildhall School

of Music and Drama graduate also

recorded the Rugby World Cup anthem

and wrote and presented a one-off

current affairs programme on

Channel 4.

Plus He’ll serenade you in style – he

knows plenty of love songs.

Minus He admits to having a bad habit

of striking up conversations in the most

inappropriate places.

Do “Have a refreshing, self-deprecating

sense of humour.”

Don’t “Name drop or be a gold-digger.”

26 ROSS McKINNON

EVENTS MANAGER, 27

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? His firm

Amazing Days sets

up experiences for

private and corporate

clients – seaplane

tours, yacht charters,

luxury shopping, spa

days, offroad driving and helicopter rides.

The business is now in its second year

and things are going “amazingly well” –

perhaps because he wears a kilt to work.

Plus With speedboats and motor yachts

at his disposal, he certainly knows how

to show a girl a good time.

Minus Time is one thing he’s short of.

Do He likes a girl who can put on the

glamour and knows how to party, but

who can also kick off the stilettos to do

the outdoors thing.

Don’t Be too clingy. He always has to

mingle at parties.

Illustrator Ritchie

Collins (No 46)

PORTRAIT ROBERT PERRY

27 RAYMOND ANAKWE

SURGEON, 33

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? On the

board of his family’s

Zimbabwean

diamond-mining

company, Raymond’s

day job is as an

orthopaedic surgeon

with the Black Watch. A self-confessed

risk-taker, you could find him relaxing

with a spot of ice-climbing or base

jumping. Alternatively, he could be

reading the papers, sipping a malt in

the bath or playing the saxophone.

Plus He’ll wine, dine and charm you,

and he likes to party.

Minus He sleepwalks in the nude.

Do Accompany him on a tandem bungee

jump or leave him a kinky present.

Don’t Fake a headache – he’ll know.

28 LEE HARPER

GOLFER, 26

Lives Musselburgh

Who is he? After studying

sports science in

America on a golfing

scholarship, Lee

turned his attention

to golf tournaments

in Australia and Asia.

Now coaching at Archerfield Golf Club

in East Lothian, he is preparing for the

final year of his PGA degree. With hopes

of joining the European tour in a couple

of years’ time, he recently pocketed

£10,000 from a Euro Pro event – one

of four wins this year.

Plus Want to get your handicap down?

Lee’s your man.

Minus His easy chatter might put you off.

Do “Be understanding and give me the

space to do what I want to do.”

Don’t “Wear high heels – I’m 5ft 5in.”

29 DOUGLAS DOUGON

FILMMAKER, 36

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Having

bagged a Scottish

Bafta for best new

screenplay with his

film Run, Tony Run!,

Douglas is set for

stardom. When not

producing dramas and documentaries

for his company Fluid Eye Productions,

you’ll find him teaching his screenplay

secrets to students at Edinburgh

University. A keen hillwalker and

swimmer, he’s also an excellent cook

and has a secret weapon in the form of

a healthy-yet-piggy chocolate pudding.

Plus He’s caring, considerate and loyal –

he also smiles a lot.

Minus He’s very independent.

Do Keep your emotions under control –

no rollercoasters, please.

Don’t Get blind drunk and be obnoxious.

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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30 DONNY CARSTAIRS

ENTREPRENEUR, 32

Lives Kirkcaldy

Who is he? Donny runs

the family business

Scottish Everlastings

Limited, importing

and distributing

home accessories to

Tesco, Asda and John

Lewis. He also owns Just Slate, a firm

that supplies Martin Wishart’s and

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. His job

has him traversing the globe, sourcing

goods, and recently setting up a branch

of the firm in Hong Kong.

Plus He can make a mean omelette.

Minus He is an early-to-bed man on

school nights.

Do Laugh at his jokes and tell him his

salt-and-pepper hair is fashionable.

Don’t Ask how much he earns on your

first date.

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ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, 71

Lives London

Who is he? Best known

as the irascible Victor

Meldrew from One

Foot in the Grave,

the Greenock-born

thespian has had

a long career in

everything from comedy to drama on

the big and small screen. Awarded the

OBE for services to drama as a director

and actor in 1994, he is a lifelong

socialist and, more recently, a

campaigner for pensioners’ rights.

Plus As the author of I Don’t Believe It:

Richard Wilson’s Book of Absurdities,

a collection of humorous and amazing

facts, he’s not short on entertaining chat.

Minus He has given up the G&Ts as he

thinks spirits slow down his system, but

he has developed a taste for whooping

it up to Rufus Wainwright instead.

Do Accept an invitation to dinner at his

place as he is known for hiring chefs to

give his guests a culinary treat.

Don’t Treat him to your rendition of his

“I don’t belieeeeve it” catchphrase, or

expect him to oblige, unless you’re

prepared to stump up for charity.

32 CRAIG McMURDO

SINGER, 43

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? From

Sinatra to the Blues

Brothers and Presley

to Pop Idol, Craig

has a wide singing

repertoire. He has

released six albums

but also works as a broadcaster – tune

into his dulcet tones in Scotland on

Smooth Radio. Craig trained as an

architect and, with a passion for design,

still dabbles in property development.

Next year he’s releasing a soundtrack

album to precede a new musical, The

Avenue of Dreams.

Plus You’re guaranteed a party.

Minus “As a result of my social job, I

enjoy retreating into quiet and solitude

sometimes for days on end.”

Do Brush up on Chinese culture – he’s

a student of Taoist philosophy and

practises tai chi.

Don’t Try too hard. “In the end there must

be chemistry. It’s either there or it’s not.”

33 BRENDAN BODY

ANIMATOR, 29

Lives London

Who is he? Thurso-born

Brendan’s love of

animation began at

school, when he made

films in his bedroom

using Plasticine

characters. Having

studied animation and electronic media

at art college in Dundee, he now creates

visual effects for feature films, including

the last four Harry Potters and Charlie

and the Chocolate Factory. Currently

working on the next Hellboy feature, he

also spent a year in Australia working on

the Oscar-winning Happy Feet.

A keen surfer (he learnt to surf in the

icy Pentland Firth, but has ridden waves

in Australia, France and Bali), Brendan

is planning another “surfari” to Morocco

next month. You’ll also catch him

snowboarding, playing football and

training for his next triathlon.

Plus “I say please and thank you and

have all my own teeth and hair.”

Minus Be warned – if you find yourself

with him in a karaoke bar, he will sing.

“It won’t be in tune and it won’t be

pleasant.”

Do “Surprise me, I like spontaneity.”

Don’t “Hmm, not sure. They’d have

to do something really bad – I’m pretty

easy-going.”

34 ANDY NOBLE

PROFESSIONAL SKIER, 23

Lives Salzburg, Austria

Who is he? A new

recruit to the British

World Cup skiing

team, Andy is rarely

out of his salopettes.

Competing in both

European Cup and

World Cup races, he is at the pinnacle

of his career, having discovered his love

of the slopes in the Cairngorms at the

tender age of three.

Plus Think of all the free ski holidays.

Minus He has been found playing his

X-box 360 in the wee small hours.

Do Cook him his favourite meal – roast

lamb followed by apple crumble.

Don’t Expect him to join you in après-ski

activities… at least until April.

35 ANDREW STAVROU ARADIPIOTIS,

ART DIRECTOR, 24

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? After a twoyear

stint as a sniper

in the Cypriot army,

Andrew returned to

the UK to work in

advertising, and is

now a creative at the

Leith Agency. When he’s not scribbling

out storyboards for Grolsch, Irn-Bru and

the Scottish Government, you’ll find him

playing guitar (he’s even penned the odd

tune) or pounding his punchbag – he

likes to box to stay in shape.

Plus In his own words, he’s a “chillaxed”

kind of guy.

Minus Dances “like a nutter” when drunk.

Do Crack a winning smile.

Don’t Play mind games.

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EUAN MURRAY

RUGBY PLAYER, 27

Lives Northampton

Who is he? Being part

of this year’s World

Cup squad was a

proud moment for

Euan, now in his fifth

season of professional

rugby. The sport took

first place (he’s a qualified vet) when his

talent on the pitch became clear. He

became a Christian last year and says his

faith kept him going through the highs

and lows of his time with Glasgow

Warriors. After the scrum, he winds

down with a good book and is also

learning to play the piano.

Plus The way to his heart is through his

stomach. Cook up a feast and you’re

halfway there.

Minus You’ll need to entertain him – he’s

prone to get bored quickly.

Do Invite him back to Scotland – he

misses home.

Don’t Be a ladette – he’s looking for a lady.

37 ADAM GORDON

HEAD OF SALES, 30

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? A

descendant of the

19th-century poet

Lord Byron (the

brother of his greatgreat-grandmother),

Adam earns his

crust as head of sales, marketing and

communication at recruitment business

Rise Group. He’s also serious about sport

– he has played rugby for 20 years.

Plus No need for a phrasebook on

holiday with him – he’s fluent in French

and Spanish.

Minus Has he inherited any of his famous

ancestor’s shadier characteristics?

Do Bring your racket – he plays a top

game of tennis.

Don’t Expect an ode on your first date.

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ALEX ORR

COMMUNICATIONS

DIRECTOR, 36

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Alex works

in public affairs and

is a main player at

Indigo, a strategic

communications

company. He would

like to be a politician –

he once stood as an MSP for the Scottish

National Party – and works to promote

relations between Scotland and the EU.

He loves to scuba-dive and has played for

Liberton Rugby Club for the past ten years.

Plus Regular trips to the Caribbean – he

has family in Barbados.

Minus He is (sometimes too) inquisitive

and is known to speak his mind –

prepare to hear the truth.

Do Show an interest in him, and mind

your manners.

Don’t Hog the conversation or get drunk.

39 EUAN GREWAR

FARMER, 26

Lives Angus

Who is he? Euan has

farms in Angus and

Ross-shire, producing

organic and conventional

potatoes. When

not on the tractor,

he plays rugby for

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Dundee and skis as often as possible –

with some shooting thrown in too.

Plus He’s 6ft 5in, dark and handsome.

Minus “An over-enthusiastic knowledge

of potatoes.”

Do “Have an eye for an adventure, plenty

of confidence and a sense of humour.”

Don’t “Be rude to people or get stressed

out – life’s too short.”

40 CALUM MACKINNON 21

ENTREPRENEUR, 25

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Calum

started his own

property company –

Amicus Apartments –

when he was fresh

out of university, and

his bar in central

Edinburgh, Amicus Apple, was recently

voted the coolest in Scotland. When not

moving and shaking the bar scene, you

will find Calum surfing, golfing or

playing football.

Plus Plenty of energy – and not just in

the cocktails he supplies.

Minus He regularly mountain-boards –

in other words, throws himself off

mountains standing on a skateboard –

for fun.

Do Expect surprises and a touch of

cheesy romance.

Don’t Be surprised if he steals food from

your plate – he’s got a healthy appetite.

41 ANGUS THOMSON, 25

SURVEYOR AND SAILOR

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Angus

works in property

development as a

trainee surveyor.

Outside work, his

passion is sailing: he

spent a gap year working

aboard a yacht in the Caribbean and

still goes back there to race. You’ll also

find him ice climbing and skiing.

Plus If winter sports aren’t your thing, he

might take you to the family estate in

Perthshire for a spot of pheasant shooting.

Minus His daredevil streak. Last winter

he raced across a stormy Atlantic and

had to be rescued by the coastguard.

Do Keep active – he’s no couch potato.

Don’t Be teetotal. He once stayed sober

for a month prior to an exam – but then

consumed a month’s worth in one night.

42 JAMES CUMMINGS

RESTAURATEUR, 37

32

Lives Aberdeen

Who is he? Mastermind

behind the Heavenly

Pizzas chain, an

award-winning takeaway

with five outlets

in Aberdeenshire and

more planned for

Edinburgh. Newly single since dating

a former Miss Scotland, James himself

models occasionally and is a keen winter

sports enthusiast – he’s counting the

days until his next skiing trip to the Alps.

Plus Fresh dough and mozzarella on tap.

Minus You’ll have to work hard to hold

his attention – he’s a workaholic.

Do Don your best drinking gear – he may

suggest a pub crawl for your first date.

Don’t Go all giggly and girly – you’ll freak

him out.

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Entrepreneur Donny

Carstairs (No 30)

PORTRAIT ROB McDOUGALL

SCOTTIE BRANNAN

MODEL AGENCY CO-OWNER, 34

Lives Glasgow

Who is he? Scottie

co-founded Superior

Models last year.

Working with some

of the biggest names

in the business, the

fashion graduate has

an enviable little black book of contacts

from New York to Tokyo.

Plus Fancy yourself as the next Kate

Moss? Scottie’s your man.

Minus His job and family come first. And,

of course, there are all those models on

his books…

Do Have a brain. He’s more interested in

mental stimulation than looks – honest.

Don’t Blow your nose in front of him and

stuff your hanky up your sleeve. There’s

nothing he hates more.

THE ELIGIBLES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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THE MEN

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MODEL AND MEDICAL STUDENT, 22

Lives Dundee

Who is he? David’s good

looks got him photographed

while in New

York last year and

since then he has

signed with top

model agency Stolen.

But catwalks (Harvey Nichols and

Nicole Farhi, no less) aside, he’s training

to be a doctor, with two years of medical

school left before he qualifies.

Plus Your copy of Heat is safe. He’ll be

too busy reading textbooks.

Minus Three protective older sisters

means any new date will be well vetted.

Do Be adventurous. As well as backpacking

around Europe and Africa, David

has also worked as a swimming and

water polo coach in the States.

Don’t Be rude to the waiter. “I’ve had

some fairly awful part-time jobs in

restaurants where I had to put up with

rude customers.”

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45

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Mike

left school at 16 to

become a tyre fitter.

By the time he was 18

he’d set up his own

firm – which so

impressed Kwik-Fit

they created a new job for him. The

chatty charmer is now MD of online tyre

retailer Blackcircles.com, which turns

over £10 million a year. His dream date

is Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Plus You’ll never be stuck with a flat tyre.

Minus He’s a fan of Liverpool FC, so you

know where he’ll be on a Saturday.

Do Learn to drive.

Don’t Sing “You can’t get quicker than a

Kwik-Fit fitter.”

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MIKE WELCH

INTERNET TYCOON, 29

RITCHIE COLLINS

ILLUSTRATOR, 28

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? You’ll find

Ritchie’s distinctive,

colourful paintings in

galleries around the

UK and as far away as

New Zealand. He’s

also just illustrated

his second children’s book, Michelle: The

Rock Concert by Julie Hegarty, which

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Plus He loves all the good things in life:

“fine food, wine, art, music and poetry”.

Minus Do you know your Tracey Emin

from your Gary Hume?

Do “Bake me a cake.”

Don’t “Moan about everything or talk

about yourself all the time.”

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CRAWFURD HILL

ENTREPRENEUR, 43

Lives North Berwick

Who is he? Crawfurd

runs two businesses –

a mortgage-broking

company, and

Adventure Concepts,

which develops new

sportswear and

installations with brands such as Nike

and Salomon.

Plus He’s sporty and fit – catch him

mountain biking, skiing or learning judo.

Minus His boundless energy might

exhaust you.

Do “Take me diving with manta rays

in Belize.”

Don’t “Say, ‘Shall we just stay in

tonight?’”

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TERENCE CHAN

MATHS PROFESSOR AND

PHOTOGRAPHER, 44

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? Terence’s

artistic flair is

obvious from his

photography and

his wardrobe. His

clever camera-work

captures urban

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With unlimited free parking, this event offers a

welcome release from the pre-Christmas rush of high

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The Tearoom will be open and the State Apartments

decorated for Christmas

landscapes and portraits, and he found

fame this year with the publication of

his first book, Through a Lens Darkly.

Describing his style as “classic but

wacky”, he is a hit with his students in

his day job as a lecturer in mathematics

at Heriot-Watt University.

Plus He’ll gladly wax lyrical about shoes

and clothes for hours.

Minus Don’t be surprised if his eyes

wander – he’s an avid people-watcher.

Do Make the first move. Despite his bold

pictures, Terence insists he is a bit of a

shy guy.

Don’t Be fooled by his flamboyant dress

sense – he’s every inch a ladies’ man.

49

Lives Nepal and

Edinburgh

Who is he? Based in

Nepal as protection

manager for the

International Rescue

Committee, Fergus

helps reunite refugee

families and assist them in returning

to their homes. Before Nepal, he spent

two years in war-torn Sudan training

sports coaches through the charity

Right to Play.

Plus His sense of fun and adventure

means you’ll have a laugh, no matter

where in the world you are.

Minus “I’m often not on the same page

as other people, which sometimes gets

me into trouble.”

Do Challenge him to a game of football –

“I tend to play wherever I am.”

Don’t Be condescending.

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CHARITY WORKER, 27 SAME

DAVID FERGUSON

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR, 37

Lives Edinburgh

Who is he? David runs

Nucleus Financial

Group, a company he

set up last year which

aims to disturb the

status quo of the

financial service

industry – or as he puts it, “do what

Easyjet did to British Airways”. Prior

to that, he ran a consultancy for seven

years.

Plus He’s easy-going.

Minus Watch out for his tendency to

overeat.

Do “Have bright eyes, a great big smile

and be confident.”

Don’t “Be moody or neurotic.”

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SARAH PLAYFAIR

RACING DRIVER, 22

Lives Northampton

Who is she? Sarah began

her career aged 12 on

the circuit racing karts,

with extra practice

driving cars around

the family farm in

North Berwick. She

stormed up the British Formula Ford

Championship this year, finishing

seventh (despite gearbox and engine

failures), and is destined for Australia’s

Formula Three Championship next year.

“It doesn’t matter if you are male or

female if you want to be a racing driver,”

she says, “you just need to have the right

frame of mind.” When she’s not racing

at the Knockhill track, she earns a crust

as an instructor in Northampton, and is

a huge fan of live music.

Plus Sarah has a creative streak, too –

she gave up a degree in graphic design

to pursue her dream of racing.

Minus With a top speed of 140mph, do

you have the nerve to be her passenger?

Do Woo her with some good oldfashioned

romance.

Don’t Expect her to tidy up – she’s a selfconfessed

mess-maker – or hurry her in

the shower, which she keeps “turned up

too hot for at least 30 minutes”.

THE ELIGIBLES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

1 KATIE LEUNG

ACTRESS, 20

Lives London

Who is she? Best known as Harry Potter’s

love interest, Katie’s on-screen kiss with

Daniel Radcliffe in The Goblet of Fire

made her the envy of millions of young

viewers across the globe. Having seen

off 4,000 other 16-year-olds for the role

of Cho Chang, she spent the summer

attending European premières of the

fifth film in the series. Dressing for

the red carpet helped develop her

own fashion sense, winning her Most

Stylish Female at this year’s Scottish

Style Awards.

Having grown up in Motherwell, Katie

left Scotland in May to do a foundation

course in photography in London, where

she keeps her camera close to hand and

spends “lots of time in the darkroom”.

But she will make time for the next

Harry Potter movie, which starts filming

in January. “I wasn’t expecting to be

back – and it’s not a big part – but I’m

really glad to be doing it.”

Violinist Nicola Benedetti (No 3)

PORTRAIT DONALD MACLEOD

Plus “I’m not hard to please. I like people

who are creative and who think outside

the box – not pretty boys who spend too

long getting ready.”

Minus How’s your hygiene? She describes

herself as “obsessively clean”.

Do Be a Sofia Coppola fan. “I’ve seen Lost

in Translation a million times.”

Don’t Shower her with roses, candlelit

dinners or other romantic gestures.

“I would prefer someone just to draw

me a picture.”

3

NICOLA BENEDETTI

2

VIOLINIST, 20

Lives London and

West Kilbride

Who is she? Nicola

started learning the

violin at the age of

four in her native

Ayrshire and enrolled

herself in the Yehudi

Menuhin School at 15. The BBC Young

Musician of the Year 2004 released her

first album to huge acclaim – it was the

fastest-selling violin debut in history –

while her second entered the classical

album charts at number two and her

third, Vaughan Williams – Tavener, was

released in September. Despite rumours

she has been practising duets, Nicola is

still officially playing solo…

Plus With her £1 million six-album deal,

you know she’ll be happy to go dutch.

Minus Nicola is constantly on the road

and her schedule for next year is just as

hectic, so anyone looking for a musical

collaboration had better be willing to

play second fiddle to her Stradivarius.

Do Offer to do a little DIY around her new

flat, as Nicola’s daily six hours’ practice

don’t leave her much spare time.

Don’t Say “Have you thought about

showing a little more midriff on your

album covers like Vanessa Mae?”

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Katie Leung, actress

and most eligible Scot


Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Kitty (or

Wild Card Kitty, to

give her her full

title) is on the selfproclaimed

“verge of

greatness” this year,

producing Club

Vaudeville shows at the Edinburgh

Fringe and collaborating with a

scriptwriter to direct her debut sci-fi

horror film. Never one to shy away

from the limelight, she has graced the

cover of The List magazine and is in

talks with The Voodoo Rooms in

Edinburgh about running her own

night. This showgirl doesn’t stop.

Plus She’s not shy – for a recent birthday

party she dressed as a maid and

slathered herself in cake.

Minus She performs regularly in

Brighton, Cambridge and London, so

you’ll have to work hard to catch up

with her.

Do Give her space – she’s currently

getting back into shape for the trapeze.

Don’t Be a sloth – “boorish behaviour,

laziness, dishonesty and apathy are all

turn-offs”.

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CATRIONA RUTH

PATERSON

BURLESQUE ARTIST, 28

SHIRLEY MANSON

THE ELIGIBLES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

42

1

SINGER AND SONGWRITER, 41

Lives Los Angeles and

Edinburgh

Who is she? There’s no

mistaking the fiery

red hair – or red lips –

of this singer, whose

work both as a solo

artist and as lead

vocalist with Garbage is still going

strong. This year she produced a solo

record (an album is due out early next

year) as well as the Garbage Greatest

Hits album. She also joined the attack

against celebrities wearing fur by

becoming the latest face for Peta, posing

in a Stella McCartney evening gown

with the skinned carcass of a fox.

Though based most of the year in

California, home for Shirley remains

Edinburgh – she grew up in the capital

and won a place at the city’s Music

School aged seven. Today she has a

house in Joppa and pays regular visits

to Scotland, including a two-month stint

last Christmas.

Plus Access to the Hollywood party

circuit. This year she went to her friend

Gwen Stefani’s baby shower and joined

her on stage for a rendition of

‘Wonderful Life’.

Minus How would you fare in an

argument? Shirley has strong opinions

and is fearless in expressing them.

Do Feed her fish and chips, with “that

amazing brown sauce you can’t get

anywhere else in the world”.

Don’t Be a Hearts supporter: she’s a

lifelong Hibee.

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7

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? From

compiling flight briefs

to liaising with the

rich and famous,

there’s never a dull

moment for Elena.

Founder of ExecAir

Charter Travel, a company organising

private jets and helicopters for top

executives and celebrities, she describes

herself as a risk-taker, but has been

known to get flustered. When she met

George Clooney through her work, she

got a peck on the cheek from him, to

which she responded with a curtsey –

which makes her cringe to this day.

Plus She’s a football fan and loves watching

it either at a match or in the pub.

Minus Her high-flying lifestyle means

the mobile is on 24/7, and she gets

international calls at all hours.

Do Keep her on her toes, make her laugh

and show a bit of spontaneity.

Don’t Be stubborn – giving in can be very

honourable in a man.

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SOPHIE COOKE

AUTHOR, 31

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Sophie’s

first novel, The Glass

House, garnered rave

reviews and was

nominated for the

Orange Prize and

shortlisted for the

Saltire First Book of the Year Award.

Her second, Under the Mountain, is

out next year and she is halfway through

a third. You’ll find her “swimming in

rivers, watching movies, picnicking,

arguing nicely, playing guitar badly,

dancing (preferably in feathers),

reading in bed, walking up hills and

lying down on top of them with a

small hip flask of Auchentoshan”.

Plus You won’t get bored.

Minus Complaints regarding punctuality

have been noted.

Do “Have a beautiful brain and bad-ass

eyes. Use conceitedly long words

wherever possible. Grab me by the waist

and tell me about the etymology of

custard while feeding me cake on a pier.”

Don’t “Show me card tricks or think

you’re cleverer than me. Unless you are,

in which case it’s fine.”

ELENA TORRES

MANAGING DIRECTOR, 26

KARINA GOLDBERG

BRAND MANAGER, 26

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Brand

manager for Heart of

Midlothian Football

Club, Karina is

responsible for the

club’s RRevolution

clothing range and

is the buyer for several other ranges

of merchandise. Born in Lithuania,

she is fluent in five languages (English,

German, Russian, Lithuanian and

Hebrew) – and confident in French – and

spends part of her job translating for the

team’s Lithuanian and Russian players

and staff.

Plus She can dress to impress and is

“crazy about” Prada, Dolce & Gabbana,

Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Minus Can your credit card cope?

Do “Shake up my world and make

everything in it better than it already is.”

Don’t Be afraid to romance her. “I love

flowers, gentlemen and being made to

feel special.”

9

AMANDA HAMILTON

NUTRITIONIST, WRITER AND

TELEVISION PRESENTER, 33

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? You might

recognise Amanda

as the nutritionist

on GMTV, or copresenter

of BBC2’s

Sunday-morning

programme

Something for the Weekend. She also

presents The Spa on UKTV Style and

runs a detox company in Edinburgh,

organising retreats in France, Spain,

Turkey, Jersey and Scotland. She enjoys

kick boxing and yoga, having studied the

latter in India. She has a three-year-old

daughter.

Plus “Being a nutritionist, I have plenty

of good hangover cures.”

Minus “Not many men make it past a

first date.”

Do “Be masterful with a menu…”

Don’t “...but don’t order me spaghetti; a

girl’s got to have some decorum.”

10 SARAH RONALD

MARKETER, 28

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? The brains

behind Bunnyfoot, a

consultancy which

researches customer

behaviour and uses

the results to develop

effective means of

communication for companies such as

J D Sports and Net-a-Porter. A graduate

in psychology and human-computer

interaction, there’s not much she doesn’t

know about how we behave. Sarah plays

as hard as she works and her preferred

sports – other than walking her dog –

include touch rugby (she has competed

in the European internationals), hitting

the ski slopes or doing a round

of circuit training.

Plus Up for anything – so long as it’s legal.

Minus You’ll have to drag her from the

office, as she’s prone to linger there.

Do Bring your muddy wellies to escape

the city.

Don’t Think inside the box or leave your

personality at home.

Elena Torres (No 7),

managing director of

her own travel company

PORTRAIT PHIL WILKINSON

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GHAZAL ASIF

ENTREPRENEUR, 23

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? Fans of The

Apprentice will need

no introduction to this

feisty businesswoman.

Ghazal graced our

screens this summer

as one of Sir Alan

Sugar’s latest candidates, and since

exiting the boardroom there have been

plenty of developments. She is about to

launch an online fashion customising

service, as well as a clothes collection,

and hopes these will help her achieve her

goal of becoming a millionaire by the age

of 30. A new ambassador for the Prince’s

Trust and a writer for Asian Woman

magazine, she wants to share her passion

and knowledge of business to help others

in their careers.

Plus She’s no diva or drama queen and

won’t worry about breaking a nail or

two in the name of adventure.

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Minus She’ll always win an argument, so

don’t even go there.

Do Prepare to be in her shadow – since

The Apprentice, she gets a lot of attention.

Don’t Cover yourself in big-brand labels.

She likes originality.

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FIONA McLEAN

LINGERIE GURU, 32

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? As coowner

of Boudiche,

Edinburgh’s awardwinning

lingerie

boutique, Fiona is

responsible for the

accounts and running

of the shop, among other things – and

frequently heads off on buying trips to

Paris. An independent sort, she has

travelled the world for six months on her

own and is recently back from a solo

camping trip to Mozambique, where

she swam with sharks and was almost

trampled by elephants. Running keeps

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her fit – this year, she completed the

Edinburgh marathon.

Plus She’s very tolerant.

Minus You’ll need to ply her with caffeine

and chocolate – but too much of either

and you’ll have to be tolerant of her.

Do Buy her flowers.

Don’t “Stare at my chest when I tell you

what I do for a living.”

13 INDIA INNES

CHEF, 23

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? India was

thrust into the

spotlight this month

when she featured on

Ramsay’s Kitchen

Nightmares. Ramsay

was so impressed by

her ability in the kitchen that when the

ailing vegetarian restaurant in Paris

closed, he took her to London for a meal

at Claridge’s – and has lined up training

for her at his Boxwood Café, starting in

January. Until then, she’s living back

home and working full time at Shaws

restaurant in Edinburgh.

Plus A meat-lover, she’s guaranteed to

cook you a great meal. Pasta is her

speciality – made from scratch,

obviously.

Minus If you’re not keen on dogs, watch

out for her three huskies, Storm, Sabaka

and Darcy.

Do Take her to a reggae or soul concert –

she loves her music.

Don’t Take her clubbing. She much

prefers a good meal.

14 JACQUELINE SINCLAIR

PRODUCER AND SINGER, 33

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? Comedy

creator by day and

all-girl punk band

vocalist by night,

life is one constant

blast with Jacqui.

As producer for

THE WOMEN

entertainment at the Comedy Unit,

she produced this year’s BBC Radio

Scotland Summer Supplement,

developed and commissioned new

ideas for TV, radio and multimedia,

and managed the latest Channel 4

venture Gags to Go, showcasing

new comedy talent via clips sent to

mobile phones. Her band, All About

The Dots, has had rave reviews on

Radio 1 and Xfm and, despite only

being formed last Christmas, it

is through to the semi-finals of

King of Bands and looking to tour

next year.

Plus Another addition to her seriously

cool CV – she’s a hot snowboarder.

Minus Can you take her seriously?

Do Grow a pair of well-structured

“Morrissey-style” sideburns – she’s a

sucker for them.

Don’t Ask her to tell you a joke.

15 JENNI KEENAN GREEN

ACTRESS, 31

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? River City

devotees will know

her as Heather –

serial seducer and

feisty filly down

Shieldinch way, who

has been in and out of

trouble throughout her four years in the

soap. But Jenni has other strings to her

bow: as well as being a keep-fit fanatic,

in 2004 she stood for election for the

post of rector of Glasgow University –

and came third.

Plus She’s a gorgeous redhead.

Minus What are the chances of walking

unnoticed down Buchanan Street with

her on your arm?

Do Dote on her one-year-old son.

Don’t Have two left feet – she loves

dancing, especially salsa.

16 LORRAINE CULLEN

NUTRITIONIST, 28

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? As sports

nutritionist to the

Scotland rugby team,

Lorraine was charged

with looking after the

World Cup players in

Paris this year. Day

to day, you’ll find her flitting between

the Edinburgh-based squad and the

Glasgow Warriors. A tomboy at heart,

there aren’t many sports she won’t try –

from basketball to triathlons – and she

claims she’s getting younger as she gets

older. Being a dance class devotee, she

can make seriously cool shapes on the

floor on a night out.

Plus Massages on demand, long luscious

legs… need we go on?

Minus One vodka and she’s anybody’s.

Do Expect to be challenged – she likes to

try to beat the boys.

Don’t Expect her to say no to anything.

THE ELIGIBLES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

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Lucy Tanat-Jones (No 31)

PORTRAIT JULIE BULL

17 KATE STEVEN

PROJECT MANAGER, 31

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? After six

years’ travelling the

world as project

director for Ellen

MacArthur’s sailing

team, Kate is back

on dry land in

Edinburgh, where she has set up her

own business specialising in managing

sports events. Needless to say, she’s an

outdoorsy kind of gal, and not just your

average Munro-bagger, having sailed the

Atlantic and ski-trekked across the Alps

in the past few years.

Plus Always on the go – and happy to

take part in any sort of adventure.

Minus Always on the go – so not often in

the same place for long.

Do Take her ceilidh dancing.

Don’t Think she’ll let you near her vintage

navy E-type Jaguar – except to polish it.

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MICHELLE McMANUS

SINGER, 27

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? It’s four

years since Michelle

won Pop Idol, during

which time she has

carved a successful

career from the show.

She has also shed an

incredible ten stone in weight. This year

saw a well-received run of Discotivity, a

musical based on the nativity story, at

the Edinburgh Festival. She has also

bought a record label, presented her

own show on BBC Radio Scotland and

released a single from her new album.

And if that weren’t enough, she’s thinking

about opening a chain of juice bars.

Plus She’s very sociable. “I’d much rather

be out than in.”

Minus Keeping up with her: she tours Asia

in January with the musical Little Voice.

Do “Be yourself.”

Don’t “Ask me what Simon Cowell is like

– I get it all the time.”

19 GILL CALDER

BIODIVERSITY DATA MANAGER, 30

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Passionate

about conservation

and wildlife, Gill

volunteered for two

years before getting

her current job with

the Scottish Wildlife

Trust, where she travels the length and

breadth of Scotland, training reserve

managers and keeping tabs on all the

flora and fauna. She’s not one to sit still

– you might also find her trekking in

Peru, cycling around the Uists or

boogying to live music (she’s a regular

festival-goer).

Plus Her sense of fun and adventure. Plus

she can knit a mean beanie.

Minus “What do you mean, you don’t

want a home-made birthday present?”

Do Take her somewhere wild and

beautiful.

Don’t Turn up in a 4x4, order a Big Mac

and tell her about your unethical

investment portfolio.

20 CAROL GRAHAM

MARKETING DIRECTOR, 38

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? As

marketing director of

Graham’s, based in

Bridge of Allan, Carol

was responsible for

the award-winning

rebranding of the

family dairy business, now the largest

independent dairy in Scotland. A farmer’s

daughter, Carol can lamb sheep and milk

cows but prefers to spend her spare time

cycling, running up hills or skiing.

Plus You’re guaranteed adventure and

sparkling conversation – not to mention

free milk.

Minus You’ll need to be super-fit to keep

up with her energy levels – and have a

forehand to match hers on the tennis

court.

Do Suggest a date in the great outdoors

followed by fabulous Italian food and

wine. Spontaneity and thoughtfulness

are also winners.

Don’t Suggest ten pints and a takeaway.

21 REBECCA GOVIER

GARDEN DESIGNER, 35

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? After 12

years of working and

training with the

Royal Botanic Garden

Edinburgh, Rebecca

took the plunge last

year and started her

own business, Green Edge Garden

Design. Having gone back to her roots,

she thrives on creating beautiful,

sustainable gardens. Her unfaltering

passion for plants continues in her

writing and photography. Plants aside,

you’ll find her enjoying a good hill-walk

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or taking a gander at the latest gallery

exhibition.

Plus Never a dull moment. Curious by

nature, she loves to try new things and

does so with gusto.

Minus Don’t expect anything less than the

truth from her. Honesty is her only policy.

Do Hold your own with good, cheeky chat.

Don’t Have a garden covered in concrete

or decking.

22 KERRI-ANN CARTWRIGHT

LOTTERY WINNER, 29

Lives Port Glasgow

Who is she? Kerri-Ann

won £2.5 million on

the National Lottery

in January and hasn’t

held back – splashing

out on a Merc, a couple

of houses, a holiday in

the Caribbean and a cruise on the Queen

Mary – and found time to complete an

HNC in IT. The best thing about winning,

she says, is being able to spend more

time with her three-year-old daughter.

Plus She’s managed to stay down to earth

throughout.

Minus What do you get her for Christmas?

Do Pay your way.

Don’t Ask to borrow her credit card.

23 DAWN BRESLIN

LIFE COACH, 38

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? A

successful life coach

with numerous

books and television

appearances under

her belt, Dawn also

runs the biggest selfhelp

radio show in the world, broadcast

via Hayhouse Radio. Dove skincare

recently signed her up as a spokeswoman

specialising in female selfesteem

and self-confidence. Now

divorced, Dawn has a 12-year-old

daughter, Liberty.

Plus She’s homely and earthy – yet has an

outrageous streak. Play your cards right

and she might invite you to soak in her

hot tub overlooking the sea.

Minus Psychoanalytical by trade, she’ll

spot a dodgy personality trait a mile off.

And forget about IQ – can you match

her high EQ (emotional quotient)?

Do Whisk her away – by boat, preferably

– to a remote Celtic location, pop open a

bottle of pink champagne and read

poetry to her.

Don’t Take her shopping. She’s not a

labels girl.

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24 ANNIE LENNOX,

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SINGER, 52

Lives London

Who is she? The

six-time Brit Award

winner and mother of

two has just completed

the US Sing benefit

tour, highlighting the

African Aids pandemic.

Catch her singing on Parkinson next week.

Plus She could sit back and count her

cash (£30m, apparently), but is driven

by a wish “to make my life worth while”.

Minus She once said: “One of the biggest

disappointments in my life is men.”

Do Be prepared to join her in the fight

against Aids, religious intolerance,

global poverty and climate change.

Don’t Turn up on a date with your face

covered. When a man wearing a gas

mask approached the stage in Colorado

on her recent tour, she fled.

25 HANNAH TULLOCH

JEWELLERY BUYER, 29

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? A buyer for

the jeweller Hamilton

& Inches, Hannah

sources the gems and

seals the deals. On

her days off, you’ll

find her feeding

her creative soul, wandering around

galleries or admiring fine architecture.

Plus Don’t fret about awkward silences –

she’ll chatter her way through them.

Minus She’ll spot your faults. As her star

sign Virgo suggests, she’s a perfectionist.

Do Start saving – she’ll cost you. She likes

jewellery: the bigger, the better.

Don’t Spend ages on your hair. She likes a

clean, short back and sides.

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27 PHILLY NICHOLSON

EVENTS MANAGER, 30

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she?

Responsible for the

events and marketing

at the Signet Library

– a private and very

grand library off

Edinburgh’s Royal

Mile – Philly organises corporate

launches, weddings and one-off events

(such as a show by Matthew Williamson

for Edinburgh Fashion Week) at the

historic venue. Outside work she’s just

as sociable and is renowned for her

fabulous dinner parties.

Plus You’ll find it hard to out-flirt her.

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CELLIST, 37

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Su-a first

picked up a cello

aged eight, and has

been a cellist with

the Scottish Chamber

Orchestra for the

past 14 years. Born in

Seoul, South Korea, she has a passion for

seeing the world. When not touring the

globe with work, she travels for fun –

particularly to spots where she can don

her hiking boots. She has already

conquered mountains in Switzerland,

Nepal and North America.

Plus She’s inexhaustible and exuberant

about life.

Minus Her cello is her life, and by her own

admission you would have to share her.

Do Share her passion for eating sour

sweets, at any hour of the day or night.

Don’t Be pedantic, parsimonious or

possessive.

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Minus She can be blunt and say things

she regrets.

Do “Know your way around a wine list.”

Don’t “Have bad table manners – I’m

old-fashioned that way.”

ATHLETE, 36

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Setting a

new women’s record

for the West Highland

Way when she ran it

for the first time this

year, the phrase “likes

a challenge” takes on

a whole new meaning when applied to

Lucy. Working by day for Edinburgh

Leisure as a sports manager, she travels

the world to take part in races, and has

recently returned from Kenya, where

she completed part of the Greatest Race

on Earth. To relax, it’s more running,

and no route is too long or too short –

you will even find her racing her fiveyear-old

pet springer spaniel, Kipper.

Plus No chance of getting bored on a

date: you could be scaling Munros, sea

kayaking or going on a long bike ride.

Minus “A flagrant disregard for

housework.”

Do Don your outdoor gear and get ready

for adventure.

Don’t Think you’re in for a quiet weekend

in front of the telly or down at the local.

29 MARI ANN LAIDLAW

BRAND MANAGER, 26

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? If you enjoy

a wee dram, you’ll get

on swimmingly with

Mari Ann. A Morrison

Bowmore brand

manager looking after

Glen Garioch and

McClelland’s, she’s fulfilling her dream

of working in the whisky industry. As

well as her fine taste for malts, she loves

good food and eating out. A seasoned

traveller, she’s frequently found working

in the US and Paris, and recently took

time out to discover Hong Kong.

Plus She’ll teach you everything you

want to know about whisky.

Minus You’ll have to be an early riser to

catch her – she does an hour in the gym

before starting work.

Do Show a bit of chivalry, and make like

Peter Jones from Dragons’ Den – he’s her

dream date.

Don’t Wear scruffy shoes or order a bottle

of Blossom Hill.

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30 KIRSTEN SINCLAIR

GP AND TRIATHLETE, 29

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? When not

training to be a GP,

Kirsten can be found

running for GB in the

triathlon. Currently,

she is rising at 5am to

train for next year’s

World Championships before work.

Plus “I’m pint-sized, so that makes me a

cheap date!”

Minus Getting used to that alarm clock.

Do “Climb a mountain, jump on a bike or

swim in the sea – though a log fire and a

bottle of champagne does it every time.”

Don’t “Ask me to lance your boils.”

LUCY TANAT-JONES

31 OPERA SINGER AND

BOUTIQUE OWNER, 25

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Midway

through her

professional operatic

vocal training, Lucy

spotted a niche in

the market for ecofriendly

sex toys and

duly set up her own business, Organic

Pleasures – the first eco-friendly

boutique for women – in Edinburgh’s

Broughton Street. When she’s not testing

the latest whips, masks or ticklers (all

in the name of research, naturally),

you’ll find her driving fast and dancing.

Plus “I’m devoted when someone captures

my interest, I have a kind heart and I’m

self-sufficient.”

Minus “I can be a bit extravagant.”

Do “Be chivalrous and engaging, with

a strong sense of self and style.”

Don’t “Be prone to arrogance, sleazy

humour, moodiness or insecurity –

I can’t stand needy men.”

JENNIFER DEMPSIE

32 SPECIAL ADVISER TO

ALEX SALMOND, 25

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? A shining

star within the SNP,

Jennifer has a highprofile

role as special

adviser to the First

Minister. Keeping the

party in touch with

the younger generation, this year she

organised Scotland’s Big Party, featuring

Sandi Thom, and took Alex Salmond to

T in the Park.

Plus She’s not star-struck, even though

she mixes with the great and the good.

Minus She’s short on free time. When her

political day is done she’s busy studying

for an MSc in international and

European politics.

Do Show her your collection of Scottish

rock CDs – she has rubbed shoulders

with Travis and Franz Ferdinand.

Don’t Admit you couldn’t be bothered to

vote at the last election.

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THE ELIGIBLES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

CAROLINE PACKMAN

33 HEAD OF BUSINESS

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TOURISM, 44

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Caroline is

a force to be reckoned

with, having recently

been voted second in

The Drum’s list of

50 Most Powerful

Women in Marketing,

as she continues to fly the flag for

Scotland as the destination for business

tourism. Travelling for pleasure as well

as business, she’s notching up the air

miles and always spends the festive

season somewhere exotic. If you catch

her in the UK, she could be learning a

new dance or making her own jewellery.

Plus Play your cards right and you could

be her salsa-dancing partner in Cuba

this Hogmanay.

Minus You can’t bank on anything – she’s

unpredictable.

Do Plan a date of surprises and laughter.

Don’t Suggest a night in watching the

football.

34 CAROLYN MITCHELL

GENERAL MANAGER, 31

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? When the

private members’ club

Home House opened

in Edinburgh this

year, Carolyn was the

only choice for the

role of general

manager. Hailing from the Highlands

and educated at Gordonstoun, her latest

appointment follows a succession of

hospitality roles at the hottest spots in

Scotland. A connoisseur of all things

luxurious, you’ll find her relaxing at the

Balmoral’s Bollinger Bar or putting her

wine-tasting skills into play (she spent

a year touring France’s vineyards). She

also likes to go horse-riding.

Plus Glamorous and a great giggle.

Minus You won’t get away with buying

cheap plonk.

Do Share your tales of adventure, and

show ambition.

Don’t Be self-obsessed.

CLAIRE-FRANCES LENNON

35 NEW MEDIA PRODUCER

AND PRESENTER, 24

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? Described

as a “new media

guru” by Channel 4,

Claire-Frances

produces (and has

also presented)

podcasts with the

company Inner Ear. Specialising in

music-related content, she recently

samba’d in Brazil producing material

for Trocabrahma, a showcase for British

and Brazilian talent. When she’s not

recording podcasts you’ll find her

singing in electro-duo The Yukka Project

or keeping her weekly lunch date with

her mum and gran.

Plus Fancy a brew? She makes a cracking

cup of tea.

Minus She can be noisy and impatient.

Do Take her for a date by the seaside.

Don’t Come between her and her saltand-vinegar

crisps.

36 DEBI EDWARD

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TELEVISION PRESENTER, 28

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? A familiar

face presenting the

news on Scotland

Today, Debi has also

graced our screens on

STV’s Big Hearts, Big

Night for the opening

of the Scottish parliament and delivered

the hotly awaited result of the

Commonwealth Games bid. When she’s

not looking stunning on screen, she’s

swotting up on her Spanish, ready for

her next trip.

Plus She’ll be happy watching footy in

the pub on a Saturday.

Minus She’s indecisive. You could be left

waiting while she finds the perfect

outfit.

Do Cook for her. She likes a man to know

his way around the kitchen.

Don’t Try and surprise her – she likes to

be in the know.

37 SARAH FORBES

FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, 29

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Recently

appointed director of

Edinburgh’s newest

and largest food

and drink event,

Channel 4’s Taste of

Edinburgh, Sarah has

a background in food – in 2005 she led

the launch of Waitrose in Scotland.

While at Stripe Communications (a firm

she helped to create earlier this year),

clients included the restaurants Oloroso

and Roti. A former Scotland hockey

player, she now coaches two women’s

clubs in her spare time and keeps fit

taking part in the odd 10km race.

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Plus Access to the best tables in the best

restaurants around Scotland…

Minus … so don’t reckon on impressing

her with a dinner date.

Do “Laugh at my jokes and be a man –

none of this metrosexual nonsense.”

Don’t “Talk about yourself all night or

have bad table manners.”

38 ELIZABETH CLARK

BBC PRODUCER, 35

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? Lizzy is

heading BBC Radio

Pudsey this year – a

brand new UK radio

station in aid of

Children in Need,

featuring fundraisers,

music, chat and celebs. Pudsey aside,

she makes radio programmes – listen

out for the fruits of her labours on BBC

Radio 2, 3 and 4, and Radio Scotland.

Plus Golf at Troon, sensational dinner

parties and friends around the globe.

Minus You may end up as ‘new talent’ in

one of her radio documentaries.

Do Take her golfing and make her laugh.

Don’t Take her lightly or make her cry.

39 ELLY ROTHNIE

FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR, 30

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Lives Aberdeen

Who is she? Elly works

on the hottest project

in Aberdeen – the new

centre for contemporary

arts. As fundraising

campaign

director for the £10m

building, which is due for completion by

2010, she’s hoping the centre will do for

Aberdeen what the DCA did for Dundee.

Plus Sparkling eyes and a warm laugh.

Minus Her dream date is Viggo Mortensen

– you could struggle to come close.

Do Swot up on her home city – this

Aberdonian is proud of her heritage.

Don’t Be negative. She thrives on positive

energy.

40 ADELE MILLS

SPONSORSHIP MANAGER, 35

10

Lives Falkirk

Who is she? It’s been a

busy year for Adele at

Bank of Scotland, as

the company reached

the end of a six-year

sponsorship of the

Premier League. After

dealing with footballers, clubs and trophy

presentations, she has switched to authors

and artists as the bank sponsored the

Scottish Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, the

National Gallery’s Andy Warhol exhibition

and Aye Write!, Glasgow’s book

festival. Adele has also been inspiring

a younger audience, by giving talks in

schools and managing the bank’s grassroots

football programme. With a busy

social life in and out of work, she relaxes

with a bit of DIY and describes herself as

handy with a hammer.

Plus No need to plan a night out – she’s

the official social organiser.

Minus She sets high standards – can you

meet them?

Do Dig out your best charm and wit, and

add a little romance to the mix.

Don’t Turn up on a date with your mate –

or, worse, your mother – in tow.

41 ANNIE McGUIRE

RADIO PRESENTER, 30

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? If you’re a

football fan, you’ve

probably heard

Annie on BBC Radio

Scotland, where she

presents the sports

news and runs the

Your Call Saturday night phone-in with

Jim Traynor. Destined to work in sport

from an early age (thanks to the influence

of two older brothers), her first job

helping to set up the Scottish Football

Museum at Hampden was a career

highlight, and she remains a sucker for a

bit of football memorabilia. She’s done a

stint behind the scenes for Match of the

Day, preparing scripts for Gary Lineker,

and now gets tickets to all the top

Scottish Premier League games.

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Plus Breakfast in bed will be a double

treat – she makes amazing pancakes.

Minus She’s addicted to communication

and will reply to your texts instantly.

Do Turn up on time – deadlines are

deadlines, after all.

Don’t Ask her to explain the offside rule…

that’s such a cliché.

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PR DIRECTOR, 27

Lives Glasgow

Who is she? After

organising the

Scottish Fashion

Awards this year, TFF

Agency director Ejay

is busy fostering links

between Scottish and

LA fashion circles and planning topnotch

fashion events for the likes of

Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton. As the

launch of the animated movie Sir Billi

the Vet (featuring the voices of Sean

Connery and Ruby Wax) draws near,

she is stepping up the film’s publicity.

Plus Plenty of stamina. She can dance

until the wee small hours.

Minus Working on animation movies is

fast turning her into a computer-geek.

Do Give her your best Connery impression.

Even though she’s spoken to the

man himself, she’s still easily caught out.

Don’t Go out in your work gear. This

party girl likes men to make an effort.

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42 EJAY McEWAN

(Above, from left) Entrepreneur Ghazal Asif (No 11);

marketing director Carol Graham (No 20)

PORTRAIT ROBERT PERRY

43 ROZ COLTHART

FASHION RETAILER, 34

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Roz left

the Malmaison hotel

group earlier this

year – where she was

marketing director –

to pursue her dream

of launching her own

business, Black Essentials, selling classy

black clothes and accessories online.

Having sailed from the Virgin Islands to

the States on a few occasions, she’s got

sea legs and loves water-skiing.

Plus With her contacts in the hotel world,

a good deal is just a phone call away.

Minus “I’m a practical joker, which I’ve

been told can become a bit wearisome.”

Do “Tower above me even when I am in

heels – not difficult, as I’m 5ft 3in.”

Don’t “Count pennies, suffocate me or expect

me to cook you a meal – I only have a

kitchen because it came with the house.

And don’t tell lies – I believe in karma.”

44

VAL EGLINTON

HEAD OF SALES,

GLENEAGLES HOTEL, 44

Lives Lundin Links

Who is she? Val joined

Gleneagles earlier

this year, having

worked at the Old

Course Hotel, St

Andrews. She loves

wining and dining –

but not cooking – and watching and

“padding up” for Largo Cricket Club.

Other interests include extreme ironing.

Plus A keen sense of fun – and she’s

happy to share her last Rolo.

Minus A tendency to laugh nervously in

awkward situations – but she’s hoping to

grow out of it.

Do Have the three Ws – wit, warmth and

wisdom. And your own teeth.

Don’t Ask her on a date and then invite

other people. “Two’s company, three’s a

crowd and, five, well, that’s just rude –

especially if you’re in your best little black

number and everyone else is in jeans.”

45 JUDE DOHERTY

PRODUCER, 36

25

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Artistic

director of the awardwinning

theatre

group Grid Iron, Jude

put on the headline

production Once

upon a Dragon for

this year’s Bank of Scotland Children’s

International Theatre Festival. In doing

so, she ignited a passion for working

with five- to-seven-year-olds, whom she

calls her “most receptive audience yet”.

Curious about new countries and

cultures, she’s looking forward to things

going international, with projects in

New York and Norway on the horizon.

Plus You’re in for an innovative

experience – she’s very creative.

Minus She’ll want to wear the trousers

in the relationship.

Do Be a grown-up – know who you are

and what you want.

Don’t Answer your mobile during a date,

or be rude to the waiting staff.

November 18, 2007 ♦ SCOTLANDonSUNDAY


46 CLEA TAMMES

PUBLICIST, 33

Lives London

Who is she? Clea has

been a publicist for

the London Film

Festival for two years,

and this year has

flitted from the Baftas

to Cannes to Las

Vegas. She likes nothing better than a

good chill-out session with her friends.

Plus You’ll never need to read a review.

Minus You’ll never get an early night –

“sleep is for wimps”.

Do Suggest a movie – she loves her work.

Don’t Suggest an evening watching Big

Brother – she hates reality TV.

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CATHERINE MACDONALD-

KEIR, EDITOR, 34

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? As editor

of Luxury Briefing

magazine, Catherine

has a little black book

bursting with the

world’s hippest hotels,

and restaurants, so

you’ll have to work hard to impress her.

Entertaining her is a good place to start.

Plus She’s good for a laugh, playing violin

with the Really Terrible Orchestra.

Minus What do you buy the woman who

has all the luxury goods she could want?

Do Eat your Weetabix before going out

with her – you’ll need the energy.

Don’t Ask her what happened in Corrie –

she doesn’t own a television.

SCOTLANDonSUNDAY ♦ November 18, 2007

48

CHRISTIAN FENWICKE-CLENNELL,

PROJECT MANAGER, 36

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Co-director

of Scotland’s biggest

set construction

company, B Scenic,

Christian organises

the backdrops for

everything from TV

drama, films and exhibitions to political

party conferences. In her spare time, she

can be found climbing Arthur’s Seat or

down at Forthside Boxing. A keen skier

and watersports fan, she heads for

Courchevel in winter, and somewhere

windy and warm in summer.

Plus She can drive a big white van and

change a tyre. She also scrubs up well…

Minus “I always think I’m right. Plus, I

spend my life covered in MDF dust.”

Do “Be confident without being arrogant.”

Don’t “Take me out for dinner, then tell

me what your ideal woman is like –

especially if it’s nothing like me.”

DEBORAH LOVELL

49 COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

PARTNER, 34

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? As a senior

partner with Anderson

Strathern, sealing

deals is all in a day’s

work for Deborah.

She relaxes by heading

for the great outdoors

and loves winter sports and travelling.

With Australia, Japan and Iceland

already bagged, the next stop is touring

Canada, ideally with a Chris Moylesstyle

comedian to keep her entertained.

Plus She’ll be happy in a camper van so

long as she has a blow-up bed.

Minus You’ll need to make the first move

– she never knows when someone likes

her. She also hogs the mic at karaoke.

Do Be a manly man – you must be able to

start a campfire (matches allowed).

Don’t Spend more time in the bathroom

than she does.

37 50 NICOLA HILLHOUSE 41

FILM PRODUCER, 31

Lives Edinburgh

Who is she? Nicola’s

company, Hillhouse

Films, is going from

strength to strength,

having taken a sidestep

from corporate

and training films to

generating output via the internet.

Travel for both business and pleasure

has prompted her to learn more languages

– she’s tackling Mandarin.

Plus A passion for different cultures.

Minus Always asking questions – she is

obsessed with learning new things.

Do Enjoy talking about films, new

technologies and the Scottish economy.

Don’t Let the conversation dry up.

THE ELIGIBLES

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

WITH THANKS TO THIS YEAR’S JUDGING PANEL

VICTOR CONTINI

Owner of the Edinburghbased

Italian restaurant

Centotre, Victor is privy to

all the comings and goings

of George Street – and more

recently, Stockbridge, the

venue for his second venture, Zanzero.

ANNETTE LAMB

Press and marketing

manager at Harvey Nichols

in Edinburgh, Annette’s

knowledge of the store and

its regular customers is

second to none. As well as

working with fabulous shoes, clothes and

handbags, she produces the store’s twiceyearly

fashion shows.

MARY McGOWNE

Founder of the Scottish

Style Awards, Scotland’s

premier celebration of

creative endeavour, Mary

has an address book

bulging with famous names.

She also runs her own PR and events firm,

THE WOMEN

The Vine, which specialises in fashion,

music, the arts and lifestyle, and is behind

some of the UK’s most stylish

contemporary events and launches.

JULYAN SINCLAIR

The Orcadian television

and radio presenter

currently rises at 4.07am

every weekday to present

XFM’s breakfast show,

where – in his own

irreverent style – he interviews a host of

stars, most recently The Stereophonics’

Kelly Jones and Friends star David

Schwimmer.

REBECCA SMITH

Part of the marketing

team at the sumptuous

Edinburgh jewellers

Hamilton & Inches,

Rebecca’s little black

book was ransacked for

this year’s eligibles list. She’s also been the

brains behind this year’s Eligibles party,

held in association with Hamilton & Inches

at Home House, Edinburgh.

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