‘Jurassic Park’ star Sam Neill in Whalley

Sam Neill - film star and wine producer
Sam Neill - film star and wine producer
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Film star Sam Neill is best known as the action hero of “Jurassic Park” movies, but staff at Whalley Wine Shop got to see his quieter side when he paid them a visit.

The Hollywood star is a wine grower in his home country of New Zealand, and called in at Whalley during a break in filming for the BBCs historical gangster series “Peaky Blinders” in which he starred as Detective Inspector Chester Campbell.

The Ulster-born actor, whose family moved to New Zealand when he was a child, owns two vineyards producing the Two Paddocks brand which has recently been introduced to the UK.

“The representative who sells his wine over here suggested visiting us while he was in Manchester,” said Whalley Wine Shop proprietor Tom Jones.

“When you meet him he’s a quietly spoken man, very thoughtful but with a powerful presence. He likes to see that the retailers who sell his wine are up to the standard he expects. He was very interested in Whalley, and while he was here he had a wander around the village. We hope he can visit us again the next time he’s in the UK.”