Teresa May’s ‘sound check guy’ captures the eyes (and hearts) of the world

By Matt Collins Article may include affiliate links

As U.K. prime minster Theresa May prepared to address the media in what turned out to be her resignation announcement, TV viewers and the Internet were captivated by a staffer who set up her lectern.

  • Shortly before the 10 a.m. local time announcement, a man in a black shirt brought out the wooden lectern and placed it in front of the familiar 10 Downing Street door.
  • He then stood behind the lectern and tested the audio, essentially serving as a stand in for May.
  • Social media was enamored by the handsome Brit and quickly began proposing that he take over as PM.
  • The main is identified by some media outlets as a “sound engineer,” while others are simply referring to him as a staffer at Number 10.
  • It’s not uncommon for technicians or other workers to stand behind lecterns or other live setups at press events to test both the audio and camera shots.
  • Often this is done as a courtesy to the media so they can test their equipment and connections, as well as adjust camera settings for what is often unpredictable lighting.
  • At events involving multiple speakers at separate lecterns, sound and video checks are often provided for each position, with a “stand in” playing the role of the politician, celebrity or speaker.