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Custer woman meets Superman, and it only cost her $50

Christina Boyd, right, of Custer won an online contest to meet actor Henry Cavill, best known for his role in “Man of Steel and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”
Christina Boyd, right, of Custer won an online contest to meet actor Henry Cavill, best known for his role in “Man of Steel and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

It sounds like the plot of one of the romance novels she edits – woman flies to London to share a champagne toast and a kiss with Superman.

Except her husband was along for the whirlwind ride, too.

Christina Boyd, a book editor and artist from Custer, won an online contest from Omaze, a for-profit site that raises money for charities through online sweepstakes with celebrities and brands.

Boyd donated $50 to the Royal Marines Charity and was entered into a drawing to meet Henry Cavill, best known for two “Superman” movies and a “Man from U.N.C.L.E.” remake.

She won the sweepstakes drawing and in May, she and her husband were flown to London for a meet-and-greet with Cavill at the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the River Thames.

“He was very friendly and has a great wit. Like my husband said, he’s the kind of a person you would hang out with in real life,” said Boyd, who chatted with Cavill for about 45 minutes, shared a champagne toast and a kiss on the cheek.

Cavill had just returned from the Durrell Challenge, a 13k race on Jersey in the Channel Islands, where he was born. Boyd told him about her experience with Ski to Sea, which she has done five times.

“He was totally interested,” she said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if one day they put together a Team Cavill for the annual relay race.”

Though Cavill is best known as the Man of Steel, Boyd said her favorite role of his was in the Showtime series “The Tudors,” in which he played Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and member of King Henry VII’s court.

“I told him I was hoping after ‘Mission Impossible 6’ and all those big action films, he would consider doing another historic piece or even a rom-com,” Boyd said. “When they give him lines, he really does have great humor in his delivery.”

The Omaze contest raised $237,005 for the Royal Marines Charity, which provides support to families, veterans and cadets. Cavill’s older brother, Lt. Col. Niki Richard Dalgliesh Cavill, serves in the Royal Marines.

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