SIGHTS AND SOUNDS - The entertainers: theatre, television, film and music

Anna Chancellor FI
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Anna Chancellor

An aristocratic actress, Chancellor is the daughter of the Hon. Mary Alice Jolliffe, a great-great-granddaughter of Herbert Asquith and a second cousin, once removed of Helena Bonham Carter. Born in Richmond, London, this star of the stage and screen is best known as “Duckface” in Four Weddings and a Funeral…

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Felicity Kendal FI
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Felicity Kendal CBE

This stunning actress has been known to have both lunch and dinner at La Brasserie in South Kensington on the same day and is best known for playing Barbara Good in The Good Life. Warwickshire born, twice divorced and a convert from Catholicism to Judaism, Kendal’s dream dinner party would…

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Anton Lesser FI
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Anton Lesser

He’s played everyone from Robin Carrow in BBC Radio 4’s Ambridge Extra to Dr Karl Crabb in BBC One’s Ripper Street. “One of Britain’s leading classical actors”, Birmingham born Lesser has also starred in Game of Thrones, Miss Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean. His distinct accent is indeed one…

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Susan Bennett FI
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Susan Bennett (AKA Siri and Tillie The All Time Teller)

This voice actor provided the voice for Apple’s Siri and First National Bank’s Tillie the All Time Teller. She lives in suburban Atlanta, Georgia and finds hearing herself “creepy”.

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Eddie Redmayne FI
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Eddie Redmayne

An Old Etonian and graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Redmayne has performed alongside Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Julianne Moore. He’s noted for his manners but admits he “didn’t have a clue” when he did work experience in banking prior to embarking on a career as an actor. He’s…

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Rachel Khoo FI
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Rachel Khoo

“Mademoiselle Khoo”, as she likes to be known, is a Paris based chef, writer and broadcaster. Bubbly and vivacious, she’s “seduced the French with Paris’ smallest restaurant” and charmed the Brits with her fresh and enthusiastic approach to all things edible. Watch out – her profile is rising faster than…

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Gaspard Ulliel FI
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Gaspard Ulliel

Best known for a brilliant performance in the 2007 prequel Hannibal Rising, this talented Frenchman is to play a young Yves Saint Laurent in an unauthorised forthcoming biopic of the designer’s early career. Having attempted to ride a doberman like at horse at the age of six, he was attacked…

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Jake Shears FI
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Jake Shears (born Jason F. Sellards)

The co-founder of the Scissor Sisters was born in Mesa, Arizona and decided he wanted to marry Christopher Reeve when he was four. Shears, who doesn’t especially like wearing shirts, himself suggests he’s “not the easiest person in the world to be partners with” but that this singer has been…

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Lyndon Ogbourne
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Lyndon Ogbourne

He was Emmerdale’s number one bad boy for several years but with the help of his agents at Curtis Brown, his career is stepping up a gear.  He’s also appeared in Spooks and Doctors and is well known for cooking up a pretty mean brunch.

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Libby Purves FI
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Libby Purves OBE

This British radio presenter, journalist and author is a much respected and reassuring voice of reason. Whilst at Oxford she was the librarian of the Oxford Union and then wrote a travel book, One Summer’s Grace, based on a 1,700 mile sailing journey she made around Britain with children aged…

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Peter Czernin FI
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Peter Czernin

A property heir turned film director. Czernin is a scion of the de Walden £2.4 billion property dynasty but is better known as the producer of In Brgues and Piccadilly Jim. A friend of David Cameron, Czernin took over Avington Park, his family’s ancestral seat, in October 2013 and plainly…

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Michael Cassidy FI
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Michael Cassidy

Portland, Oregon born Cassidy is best known for his role as Zach Stevens in The O.C. He has subsequently appeared in Smallville, Hidden Palms, Argo and Scandal and is one of the main characters in Men at Work. If Cassidy weren’t an actor, he’d like to have been a novelist…

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Passenger FI
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Mike Rosenberg (AKA Passenger)

This English folk-rock singer-songwriter hails from Brighton and topped the charts in 16 countries in 2013 with Let Her Go. Passenger, whose own style is described as “evoking the style and hardworking creativity of the troubadours of old”, cannot stand Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On.

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Wentworth Miller III FI
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Wentworth Miller III

British born, American raised, Miller rose to fame in the Fox Network series Prison Break. A Princeton graduate, the actor turned screenwriter used the pseudonym Ted Foulke to write Stoker and Uncle Charlie and came out as gay in August 2013 in a letter posted on GLAAD’s website where he…

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Alan Whicker FI
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Alan Whicker CBE (1925 – 2013)

Where will the world be without Whicker’s World? The answer: “A hell of a lot poorer”. Born in Egypt, this “broadcasting genius” shot footage of the body of Benito Mussolini during the Second World War before beginning a career interviewing the likes of John Paul Getty, the Sultan of Brunei,…

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Stuart Brayson FI
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Stuart Brayson

This singer-songwriter turned musical theatre composer began his career in the rock band Pop. His West End début with From Here To Eternity alongside Sir Tim Rice is already attracting much acclaim.

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Ben Howard FI
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Ben Howard

This singer-songwriter grew up in rural Devon but has become a “word-of-mouth” star and a “one-man One Direction”. This whisky loving Englishman cites his influences as Van Morison, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and won both BRIT Awards he was nominated for in 2013. He states that he “doesn’t…

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Shia LaBeouf FI
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Shia LaBeouf

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox…

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Derek Paravicini FI
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Derek Paravicini

This echolaliac prodigy has absolute pitch and has been described as “the human iPod.” His abilities as a musician are amazing given that he’s both blind and autistic. The cousin of The Duchess of Cornwall’s children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, Paravicini unexpectedly played Big Spender to the then…

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Judi Dench FI
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Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

Undoubtedly best known as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, Yorkshire born Dench briefly played Pru Forrest in the BBC’s The Archers. She’s an advocate for “more progressive drug policies” and only took the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice after director Joe…

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Cory Monteith FI
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Cory Monteith (1982 – 2013)

This Canadian actor and musician’s life was short but he packed plenty into it. A star of Fox’s Glee, Monteith appeared in 17 different films and attended 16 different schools. Tragically this substance addict was found dead in The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver in July 2013. A talent…

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Jamie Campbell Bower FI
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Jamie Campbell Bower

Bedales educated, Campbell Bower “always gets a tattoo done whenever [he] finishes a film”. This Londoner’s appeared in The Twilight Saga, Sweeney Tood: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and is the great grandson of Sir John Campbell, Lieutenant Governor of…

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Richard Griffiths FI
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Richard Griffiths OBE (1947 – 2013)

Most recognised for having played Uncle Monty in Withnail and I and Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, this Yorkshireman truly was a larger than life actor. Rightly, when on stage, he refused to tolerate mobile phones ringing in the audience and ordered those whose did out of the…

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Damian Lewis
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Damian Lewis

Old Etonian whose performance as U.S. Marine Sergeant Nicholas Brody in Homeland has charmed even President Obama. Married to actress Helen McCrory,  he’s also played Jeffrey Archer and been a host of the BBC’s Have I Got News For You. Through his passion for Liverpool Football Club, he convinced Kenny…

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Michelle Dockery FI
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Michelle Dockery

This Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress came to prominence as Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley in September 2010 and is now considered “one of the most chattered-about women on television”. Born in Romford, Essex, Dockery has also appeared in television series’ including Heartbeat and Dalziel and Pascoe and films…

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Josh Henderson FI
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Josh Henderson

This Texan actor and singer is a rising star who first found fame in Desperate Housewives before taking a lead role in the TNT revival of Dallas. Henderson is heterochromatic and has one green eye and one blue eye. He lists his style icons as James Franco and Ryan Gosling…

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Morena Baccarin - Hot at Emmy-06
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Morena Baccarin

She’s come to prominence as Homeland’s Jessica Brody but this Brazilian born actress has also appeared in Stargate, The O.C. and The Mentalist. Married to the director Austin Chick, when asked of her career wishes, Baccarin confidently responded: “I would love to be a Bond girl. That is on my…

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Petula Clark FI
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Petula Clark CBE

A singer, actress and composer who has been a star all her life. Brought up in Epsom, Surrey and best known for Downtown, Petula Clark surprisingly made her radio debut aged just 9 and appeared at the Royal Albert Hall when she was only 11. She now lives between Switzerland…

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Adele FI
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Adele Adkins

“I don’t know what’s going to happen if my music career goes wrong,” states this Tottenham born singer. Having been named “one of the most influential people in the world” by TIME Magazine and broken the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, she really…

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Benjamin McKenzie FI
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Benjamin McKenzie (born Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan)

The nephew of Pulitzer-Prize winning playright Robert Schenkkan is best known for having played The O.C.’s Ryan Attwood, a troubled teenager and outcast who is given a second chance and a life of luxury in Newport, California by the rich Cohen family. One of his best lines in the series,…

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift

This American singer-songwriter was born in 1989 and earned $120 million between 2009 and 2012. The first thing she did on her 18th birthday was to register to vote and she’s dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhall, Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles. Swift owns homes in Nashville, Brentwood, Beverley…

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Anne Robinson FI
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Anne Robinson

She’s best known for the catchphrase: “You are the Weakest Link, goodbye!” but this television great has accomplished much else. The “Queen of Mean” is renowned for her knack of coming up with great newspaper headlines and has also accumulated a fortune of some £40 million. Robinson is vehemently pro…

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Penelope Wilton FI
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Penelope Wilton OBE

Yorkshire born and twice divorced, Wilton is the niece of actor Bill Travers. She’s performed widely but truly came to fame when she appeared alongside Richard Briers in the BBC’s Ever Decreasing Circles in 1984. As Rosemary in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads 2 and as Mrs Bibby in his The…

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Beverley Craven FI
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Beverley Craven

This British singer-songwriter was born in Colombo, Sir Lanka whilst her father was there working for Kodak. Influenced by Elton John and Kate Bush, she began her career touring with Bobby Womack but it was her 1991 single, “Promise Me,” that catapulted Craven into the big time. After a period…

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Antony Costa FI
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Antony Costa

Edgware born Costa is best known as a member of the boy band Blue but he actually started out as an actor in the BBC’s Grange Hill. He’s sung with Stevie Wonder and Elton John and thinks that groups created via shows such as The X-Factor achieve fame “the wrong…

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Helen Worth FI
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Helen Worth (born Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth and also known as “Gail Platt”)

Raised in Morecambe, Lancashire at a seafront hotel, Worth has played Coronation Street’s Gail Platt since 1974. This former wife of the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine, Michael Angelis, lives between Cheshire and Chelsea and when not acting she’s often to be found campaigning for the Born Free Foundation.

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Tippi Hedren FI
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Tippi Hedren (born Nathalie Kay Hedren)

Discovered by Alfred Hitchcock, this thrice married actress endured five days of prop men throwing live gulls, ravens and crows at her in her debut film, The Birds. Cary Grant told her: “I think you’re the bravest lady I’ve ever met.” She worked with Hitchcock next on Marnie but then…

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High Bonnevile FI
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Hugh Bonneville

In his role as Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham, this actor warned that “scandals” always have a habit of coming out. He graduated in Theology at Cambridge but, according to Adam Helliker of the Daily Express, Bonneville wasn’t especially keen to show Christian compassion towards Lord Archer at a party at…

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Winona Ryder FI
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Winona Ryder (born Winona Horowitz)

Named after the city of Winona, Minnesota, this actress is as famous for stealing $5,500 of designer clothes and accessories from the Saks Fifth Avenue department store in Beverly Hills in 2001 as she is for her onscreen roles and relationships with Johnny Depp and Matt Damon. She once stated:…

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Delia FI
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Delia Smith CBE

“The Delia Effect” is well known and when this English cook taught her viewers how to cook an egg in 1998, sales rocketed by 10% overnight. Worth some £23 million, she’s also endorsed Aunt Bessie’s mashed potatoes and supported the Labour Party. Smith was baptised into the Church of England…

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Galaxy Book Awards - London
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William Roache MBE (better known as Ken Barlow)

“Cock Roache” as he’s known (he’s supposedly bedded over 1,000 women) has been in Coronation Street since December 1960. He’s the world’s longest serving television actor and is also on the board of directors of Owen Oyston’s Oystons Estate Agency.

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Daniel O'Connor
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Daniel “Dan” O’Connor

He first came to prominence as Ned Parker in Neighbours and since 2012 has been in teen drama Hollyoaks. O’Connor has also worked as a graphic designer and in typical Aussie fashion, once shared a 3-bedroom flat with 7 others.

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Pam Ayres FI
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Pam Ayres MBE

This supposed “First Lady of Comedy” spouts lines like: “He had a bull name Floyd, but he was unemployed.” How long did it take her to come up with that? Her appearances on Radio 4 and elsewhere are peppered with references to “blummin’ people” and how she’s “stuck all [she]…

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Uggie
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Uggie

Born in 2002, this Jack Russell has starred in Mr. Fix It, Water for Elephants and The Artist. Whether he’s sat on a bar stool in London with our good friend Alexandra Abrahams or winning a Palm Dog Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, this talented little pooch is…

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Lord Reith FI
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John Reith, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Reith KT GVCO GBE CB TD PC (1889 –1971)

“Dictatorship tempered with an amount of human decapitation” was his style as Director-General of the BBC. This Presbyterian didn’t get on with Churchill as he felt he could have done a better job himself. John Reith was emancipated by a booze fuelled sailing trip with the governor of the Bank…

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Benjamin Britten sitting at his piano, in 1950.
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Lord Britten, OM, CH (better known as Benjamin Britten; 1913 – 1976)

This composer, conductor and pianist’s life revolved around alliteration: Britten’s siblings were Barbara, Beth and Bob and his professional and personal partner was Peter Pears; his Simple Symphony included the Boisterous Bourrée, the Playful Pizzicato, the Sentimental Sarabande and the Frolicsome Finale and his mother was convinced he’d be the…

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Bonnie Tyler FI
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Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins, also known as Sherene Davis)

Britain’s answer to Celine Dion. One of Tyler’s singles, Believe In Me, was chosen as Britain’s 2013 Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2013. In it, she sings: “It’s just not worth the pain”. This more than amply bosomed Botox loving Welsh woman is quite right. Her song is beyond painful.

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Emmanuelle Seigner FI
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Emmanuelle Seigner

The wife of Roman Polanski committed a serious fashion faux pas at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival when her Alexandre Vauthier low-cut silk jersey “gown” left nothing to the imagination. An actress, model and singer, Seigner claims Frenchwomen are jealous of her “success, beauty and money”. She’s certainly nothing other…

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Nigella Lawson FI
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The Hon. Nigella Lawson

A self-proclaimed “Domestic Goddess”, Lawson was rebranded a “habitual criminal” during the trial of her two former assistants in November 2013. In an email quoted during the case, her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, nicknamed her “Higella” and alleged his wife “poisoned [her] child with drugs and trashed her life”. In response,…

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The Singing Lady FI
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The Singing Lady

Late at night, the Kings Road and Sloane Square are the haunts of this eccentric singer of sorts. She favours the outside seating at Colbert but doesn’t venture indoors and rather likes Chelsea Fire Station too. Speak to her and expect a barrage of commentary. She never asks for money.

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