Patrick Stewart Carries Olympic Torch For London Games [UPDATED]

Today Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Sir Patrick Stewart carried the Olympic Torch on its relay of London, ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony for the games. See photo and video below. [UPDATED with more video of Stewart talking about carrying torch]


UPDATE: New videos – Stewart compares carrying torch to Star Trek movie premiers

Video from the Guardian.

And here is video from the BBC

Patrick Stewart Carries Olympic Torch

Sir Patrick Stewart has lifted the Olympic Torch on its relay ahead of the upcoming Olympic Games. The BBC’s Jason Rosam tweeted a picture of Captain Picard running with the Olympic Torch in London, ahead of Friday’s opening ceremony.

And here is video (via GareTheAdvertiser)

Stewart joins a list of stars carrying the flame today including Andy Murray and a trip to the BBC One soap Eastenders in a special live scene of tonight’s episode where character Billy Mitchell will carry the torch through fictional Walford.

Ronan O’Flaherty is an Irish-based Star Trek fan and broadcaster. You can hear him worldwide every Saturday, 3-6pm (BST) on Buzz Radio.

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July 23, 2012 9:46 am

It looks like Stewart is being helped in that picture. Nothing wrong with him, I hope?

July 23, 2012 9:48 am

I’m pretty sure that white outfit is not starfleet regulation.

July 23, 2012 10:03 am

Looked like Shinzon to me…

July 23, 2012 10:05 am

Watch the video. He is jogging along with no assistance.

July 23, 2012 10:22 am

that´s a honor :-)

Hope that he still someday would be involved in some way in the new trek-universe, that would be great too…..

July 23, 2012 11:09 am

A certain @SirPatStew has joined Twitter. Still unconfirmed, but very interesting.

July 23, 2012 11:16 am

Seriously?? This many posts and no one’s gone for it?



July 23, 2012 11:48 am

Olympic Flame. Patrick Stewart. Hot.

Ronan O
July 23, 2012 11:56 am

What appears to be assistance in the photo, is because the photo was taken right at the hand over of the torch, so Sir Patrick is getting a quick note in his ear before beginning his part of the relay.

July 23, 2012 12:00 pm

He does look a bit fraile thoo … :) i hope the good captain is okay :)

July 23, 2012 12:02 pm

That is awesome

July 23, 2012 12:09 pm

The actual Olympic Torch in a Soap Opera, used as a prop? OMG!!!!!!!

July 23, 2012 12:12 pm

Aside from that, I believe it’s a first for somebody related to Star Trek. Way togo, Sir Patrick Stewart!!

July 23, 2012 12:19 pm

#13 – George Takei carried the torch in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic relay.

July 23, 2012 12:33 pm

Fascinating. Only four more days left until the London Olympic Summer Games! Well done, Sir Patrick!

July 23, 2012 1:19 pm

Captain Picard leading the way once again.

Starfleet's Finest
July 23, 2012 1:31 pm

Very cool :)

July 23, 2012 1:44 pm

Too bad he didn’t have Jonathan Frakes over to run alongside him…. always good to have a first mate on hand! ;)

July 23, 2012 1:44 pm

Captain Jean Luc-Picard carrying the torch in the London Olympics 2012. If Sir Patrick seemed a little wobbly, it was because he had just time-travelled back to now…:) Way to go, Sir Patrick Stewart! You da man!

TJ Trek
July 23, 2012 1:45 pm

He DOES look old (which he is….I know shocking to believe even for me), but not old in a nursing home sorta way, but more in a Lord Macbeth sorta way (with out the craziness).

Legend of Link
July 23, 2012 1:46 pm

Sir Patrick Stewart is the man. Gotta’ love him.

Dee - lvs moon' surface
July 23, 2012 1:52 pm

Sir Patrick looks awesome… definitely!… love it…;-) :-)

July 23, 2012 3:05 pm

Cool. Good for him. I’ll be 46 tomorrow and I don’t know if my knees would hold up that long a run.

July 23, 2012 5:51 pm

class act

July 23, 2012 6:06 pm

Love the emotion and eloquence in his voice in the BBC Interview! What a great person!

Bob Tompkins
July 23, 2012 6:11 pm

He never ages,

“Make it glow!”

July 23, 2012 6:43 pm

Patrick Stewart did a great job!

July 23, 2012 7:44 pm

The Coach!

July 23, 2012 8:02 pm

I like it very much when knights run around town.

Rivas Jakarta
July 23, 2012 8:37 pm

I’m just waiting for Captain Picard to pass the torch on to The Doctor. ;-)

July 24, 2012 12:50 am

@31: Eleven’s already carried it:

I think we should go for the nerd hat trick and let Harrison Ford carry it for a bit. :)

July 24, 2012 8:59 am

Big deal …. he carries masonic torch, on the biggest illuminati event of the year. Just look 2012. Olympics stadium with that sinister piramydal lights, one-eyed mascots, and official logo with subliminal messages.

July 25, 2012 12:43 am

I saw him on danish (I am Dane(From Denmark, NOT SWEDEN, even though they hit girls….) ..) TV-2 did morning, great seeing him, but I guess nobody here could recognize him….but funny seeing him though, but another topic….why did they(or him) never allowed picard to get a beard, I mean he had one in the riker eps., (future…something..) and in All good….thing…, but why never before, I think It would had suited him very much …..making Picard older……..but what……

July 25, 2012 1:43 am

have hot girls,we dont hit girls in dk :-)

July 25, 2012 7:44 am

@33: Ever notice how your diabolical conspirators seem to spend less time on global domination for sinister ends and more time on spamming their “secret” logos all over the place for kooks on the internet to “discover”?

July 25, 2012 11:49 am

Am I to understand that in Sweden they hit girls, as opposed to “hitting on” girls?

July 25, 2012 12:39 pm


It was an error in spelling, sorry……

But for an for instance, we LOVE hitting/make a move, on girls in scandinavian, because we have some many handsome good looking ones:-)
Could´nt resist…….hehe :-)

July 25, 2012 2:37 pm

Thanks for the info!!

July 25, 2012 2:40 pm

They say that if you take 10 Scandinavian girls, 8 will be gorgeous, 1 very beautiful, and the other one will be above average!

July 25, 2012 3:00 pm

true :-)

July 25, 2012 9:39 pm

From memory, I think similar could be said about the young Scandinavian male. There I was a very young female, part of a tour group and walking around Copenhagen, Stockholm etc and overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of some of the most gorgeous looking men I had seen anywhere…Whoa! True!

joe schmoe
July 25, 2012 9:41 pm

The Outer Light

August 2, 2012 12:22 pm

And he felt EPIC!!!

(You’d have to be familiar with the add campaign Sir Patrick is currently narrating to get the joke.)