Big names with humble BBC roots

Haider Al-Abadi, Peter Capaldi and John Sullivan Haider Al-Abadi, Peter Capaldi and John Sullivan have worked in behind-the-scenes roles for the BBC

It was recently revealed that Iraq's new prime minister, Haider Al-Abadi, was in charge of servicing lifts at the World Service's old headquarters.

In an interview for the Fifth Floor programme, former BBC Arabic worker Hamid Al-Kifaey recalled how the country's new leader ran a company that was responsible for lift maintenance at Bush House.

But the Iraqi prime minister isn't the only famous name to have worked behind the scenes at the BBC before making it big.

Peter Capaldi, due to arrive on screen in the iconic Doctor Who role, is also reported to have had a BBC job as a graphic designer earlier in his career. And the late, feted Only Fools and Horses writer John Sullivan once worked in props, laying the slabs on the Singin' in the Rain set for a Morecambe and Wise Christmas special.

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