By Mary-Jane Cullen, BBC News
Bertold Wiesner used to be an actor but as one of the new breed of super-butlers who can command salaries of more than £100,000 a year, his stage is the world.
With his matinee-idol good looks, the 33-year-old from Woodbridge in Suffolk maintains his actor training was “perfect” for becoming a butler.
“You wear a metaphorical mask. It’s the best role you’ll ever have in life because it’s 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Wiesner, butler to an international entrepreneur, has had to wear that mask many times in the course of his duties, including one memorable occasion during the 2012 Olympics.
When his employer criticised Danny Boyle’s “hopeless and pathetic” opening ceremony, looking for a reaction from him, the butler knew what to do.
“In those circumstances you are probably expected to answer,” says Wiesner, “but your training and experience is that you don’t. It’s not your place to make a judgement, so you agree.”
He does, however, admit to having a surge of nationalistic pride, but says it was a perfect example of how restrained a butler has to be.
h/t: Tammy Bruce