LONDON — Hollywood met the House of Lords this week when actor Christopher Guest was sworn in as Lord Haden-Guest, a title he inherited after the death of his father in April.
Guest — the “Waiting for Guffman” star who is best known in Britain for his role as a mock Brit rock star in Rob Reiner’s “This is Spinal Tap” — was watched from the visitor’s gallery by his wife, Jamie Lee Curtis (star of “Fierce Creatures” and “A Fish Called Wanda”), who now becomes Lady Haden-Guest.
Guest’s father, former U.N. official Peter Haden-Guest, was the fourth Baron Haden-Guest. Guest is the fifth baron; Curtis is also titled Baroness Haden-Guest, something she jokingly says she uses to get better tables at British restaurants.
Breaking tradition, Guest suggested immediately after the ceremony that the British Parliament’s upper house is in need of reform, specifically the abolition of voting rights for hereditary peers, something the new Labor government is thought to be seeking.