Leonardo DiCaprio to visit Edinburgh

Leonardo DiCaprio is the latest Hollywood star set to visit Edinburgh.

It is understood that the actor, who recently won an Oscar for his role in The Revenant, will visit Scotland for the first time in November this year.

The star is expected to visit the Social Bite sandwich shop on Rose Street before delivering the keynote address at The Scottish Business Awards at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Morrison Street.

If the rumours prove to be true, the A-list star will follow in the footsteps of George Clooney, who visited the not-for-profit sandwich shop to meet the staff and leave a £1,000 donation last year.

Ahead of his visit, the organisation managed to sell thousands of £5 charity raffle tickets to fans hoping to win the chance to have lunch with the star.

Set up by entrepreneurs John Littlejohn and Tom Hunter in 2012, Social Bite encourages customers to pay for meals and hot drinks for local homeless people, whilst also helping them get back into employment. A quarter of the organisation’s staff members were once homeless.

The Scottish Business Awards is an annual event which recognises and rewards the nation’s best and most innovation business leaders. Previous keynote speakers include former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton and Sir Richard Branson.

Earlier today, news broke that Titanic star DiCaprio is expected to testify in a $15million lawsuit over claims that a supporting character in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, in which the actor portrayed the notorious Jordan Belfort, was based on a real former executive of Stratton Oakmont.

The black comedy, which was released in 2013, follows the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy New York stockbroker who ended up in prison due to crime and corruption. It also starred Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie.