Hollywood smiles at Brendan Fraser's dentist as actor wins at Oscars

The actor's win was celebrated as much in a quiet Glasgow dental surgery as it was in front of thousands in Los Angeles.

If there’s one thing Tinseltown is known for, it is the gleaming Hollywood smile.

And one dentistry practise in Glasgow now has an Oscar winner on their books.

Dentistry on the Square on the city’s south side is where Brendan Fraser had his teeth checked over while filming in Glasgow last year.

The actor picked up the award for Best leading man at the 95th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening for his performance in The Whale.

Dr Alison Brownlee treated Brendan Fraser in Glasgow last year.

The celebrations were just as wild thousands of miles away in a little corner of Strathbungo where Dr Alison Brownlee and her team treated the star when he filmed in the city last year.

“Oh it’s so exciting. It’s not every day that one of your patients wins an Oscar,” she told STV News.

“When Brendan and his team were filming in Glasgow, we helped out when they were needing some dental work for the film.

“It was so exciting, the girls just loved having a celeb coming into the practice.”

Fraser was in Glasgow filming Batgirl where he was due to play pyromaniac villain Firefly – only for the film to be canned before its release.

However his visit has left long-lasting memories with the staff who treated him.

“Everybody was on such good form when he came in,” Dr Brownlee recalled.

“We made sure we had him in first thing in the morning so he wasn’t sitting in the lounge with all the other patients.”

Fraser scooped the award for his performance as a morbidly obese English teacher seeking to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

The Whale won two Academy Awards during the ceremony, with Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley scoring a gong for makeup and hairstyling.

During his emotional Oscars acceptance speech, Fraser thanked director Darren Aronofsky for “throwing me a creative lifeline” and the studio for making “such a bold film” .

“So this is what the multiverse looks like,” he said picking up the gong.

“I thank the academy for this honour… Darren Aronofsky for throwing me a creative lifeline and hauling me aboard the good ship The Whale.”

Addressing his fellow best actor nominees, he continued: “You laid your whale-sized hearts bare so that we could see into your souls like no one else could do and it is my honour to be named alongside you in this category.”

Dr Brownlee said the speech was typical of Fraser’s personality from their interactions, adding he was “just like any other patient” when sitting in the often terrifying chair.

“He was so humble and down to earth,” she said.

“Like everybody, he was a bit nervous at the dentist but we tried to make him as comfortable as he could be.

“It’s not every day you get to meet one of your idols.”

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