Leonardo DiCaprio swapped the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for an Edinburgh restaurant which helps the homeless.
The Oscar winner will speak at the Scottish Business Awards on Thursday night, and has been invited to visit Josh Littlejohn’s latest Social Bite venture. The Revenant star met the staff and had lunch at Home, a restaurant in Queensferry Street which has been set up by Mr Littlejohn and Dean Gassabi, who owns the Maison Blueue restaurants.
DiCaprio is following in the footsteps of fellow movie star George Clooney, who visited another Social Bite restaurant in Rose Street last year. Actor George Clooney visits Scotland for charity
Social Bite has cafes in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen which encourage customers to “pay forward” meals for the homeless.
The firm provides training and employment for members of the Social Bite Academy, a four-year paid course for homeless people.
Mr Littlejohn also set up the Scottish Business Awards, which DiCaprio will attend later. Many high-profile speakers including Clooney, Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson have been invited to speak previously.
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“Leonardo is not only a famous actor, he is a pioneering environmentalist and committed philanthropist whose charitable work is making a global impact,” said awards chairman Sir Tom Hunter.
“To have him address our nation’s premier businesses and entrepreneurs is incredibly exciting.”
The actor is famous for his charity and environmental work. His latest project, Before The Flood, shows the effects of climate change around the world.
The $6bn National Geographic documentary sees DiCaprio travelling around the globe, speaking with several experts about the dangers facing the planet.
“I just want to know how far we’ve gone, how much damage we’ve done, and if there’s anything we can do to stop it,” the 42-year-old actor is heard saying in the film. Before The Flood was released for free online streaming last month.