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Tag: Actress

May 8, 2017

Marlene’s Motor

by Matthew Steeples

1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport cabriolet to be auctioned; it attracted the attentions of Marlene Dietrich and has a Hermés interior   In October 1949, the chameleon-like actress and singer Marlene Dietrich (1901 – 1992) was photographed “descending elegantly” from a custom-built T26 Talbot Grand Sport by coachbuilders Franay at the Paris Salon. That car … Continue reading “Marlene’s Motor”

April 30, 2017

Miriam Margolyes OBE

by Matthew Steeples

In April 2017, esteemed actress Miriam Margolyes described Theresa May as “that awful woman” and hinted that she had little-to-any enthusiasm for Jeremy Corbyn’s “hell of a mess” also. In the same interview, in her “distinctive voice”, she added: “It is the job of the arts to engage in life… That’s what I care about”. … Continue reading “Miriam Margolyes OBE”

March 31, 2017

A Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea “studio with living rooms” built for Augustus John and later owned by Dame Grace Fields DBE available to rent   Though the Pembrokeshire born artist, bohemian and pacifist Augustus John (1878 – 1961) was best known for his portraits of Lawrence of Arabia and Dylan Thomas, he is also said to have fathered as … Continue reading “A Blank Canvas”

March 7, 2017

Jan Harvey

by General

Penzance born actress Jan Harvey is married to her Howards’ Way co-star Stephen Yardley. She played Jan Howard in the popular series that depicted Thatcherite, nouveau riche excess from 1985 to 1990, has also appeared in Inspector Morse and Lovejoy and was pushed off a balcony to her death in Eastenders in 2016. In 2013, … Continue reading “Jan Harvey”

December 4, 2016

SM:)E

by Matthew Steeples

Dying ‘The Archers’ star Sara Coward urges people to smile and “try to make the world a better place”   With all the doom and gloom we have in our world currently and with Trump headed to The White House and Brexit in Britain, many feel disheartened. One woman, 68-year old actress Sara Coward – … Continue reading “SM:)E”

October 26, 2016

Sculpting a Residence

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of sculptor with Liz Hurley as a neighbour for sale in Chelsea   The self-described ‘actress’ and diva Liz Hurley is probably the most famous ‘name’ living in cherry tree lined Redcliffe Road, SW10 but a slightly more talented former resident was a sculptor named Alice Lindley-Millican (married in 1917, died November 1930). … Continue reading “Sculpting a Residence”

October 15, 2016

Jean Alexander (born Jean Alexander Hodgkinson, 1926 – 2016)

by General

This Liverpudlian actress “preferred cats to men”. Best known for playing Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street from 1964 to 1987, Jean Alexander also appeared in Last of the Summer Wine, Heartbeat and Where the Heart Is. Whilst she didn’t believe in sex before marriage, never felt maternal and thought she’d had a “lucky escape” in … Continue reading “Jean Alexander (born Jean Alexander Hodgkinson, 1926 – 2016)”

April 20, 2016

Victoria Wood CBE (1953 – 2016)

by General

Comedian Victoria Wood’s final tweet was: “Life’s not fair, is it? Some of us drink champagne in the fast lane, and some of us eat our sandwiches by the loose chippings on the A597”.

February 7, 2016

Kelly Brook (born Kelly Ann Parsons)

by General

A leading member of the ‘smug club’, Kelly Brook claims to love animals yet reportedly laughed about punching two ex-boyfriends in the face during an interview in 2014.

January 11, 2016

Hurley and Spink

by Matthew Steeples

Redcliffe Road house by the developer of Britain’s most expensive home that is situated opposite the London residence of Liz Hurley offered for sale for £4.75 million

November 3, 2015

Marking 2 million

by Matthew Steeples

2 millionth Land Rover to be auctioned for charity on 16th December by Bonhams in London

September 14, 2015

The Marchioness of Bath

by General

Born in Hungary and raised in France, the Marchioness of Bath has been described as a “soft porn actress” as well as a war correspondent and a journalist.

July 21, 2015

The house formerly known as Prince

by Matthew Steeples

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

June 24, 2015

Gone With the Mill

by Matthew Steeples

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

June 19, 2015

Emily Mortimer

by General

Oxford educated actor, writer and co-creator of the comedy series Doll & Em Emily Mortimer is the daughter of the Rumpole of the Bailey creator Sir John Mortimer

April 27, 2015

Ava Gardner (1922 – 1990)

by General

Once described as “having a mouth like a truck driver and the looks of a goddess”, thrice married American actress Ava Gardner spent her final years in Knightsbridge’s Ennismore Gardens.

April 15, 2015

Sofia Coppola

by General

Deemed a “global Godmother of Cool” by Town & Country, actress, director, producer and screenwriter Sofia Coppola triumphed with Lost in Translation

March 30, 2015

Kerry Washington

by General

A self-declared activist, Bronx born actress Kerry Washington has an astounding 2 million followers on Twitter.

March 28, 2015

Gillian Anderson

by General

Best known for her role in The X-Files, Gillian Anderson married her first husband on the 17th hole of a golf course in Hawaii.

March 7, 2015

Alexa Jago

by General

A delightful and talented actress and film financier, Alexa Jago is based in London and Los Angeles.

February 1, 2015

Emily VanCamp

by General

Canadian actress Emily VanCamp appeared in Everwood between 2002 and 2006 and Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2010.

December 29, 2014

Siân Phillips CBE

by General

Thrice married and the wife of Peter O’Toole between 1959 and 1979, Siân Phillips was born in West Glamorgan

December 25, 2014

A Christmas wish

by Matthew Steeples

Merry Christmas from all at ‘The Steeple Times’

December 23, 2014

Paula Wilcox

by General

This modest Mancunian actress is best known for having starred in the 1970s series Man About the House.

October 30, 2014

Claudine Longet

by Matthew Steeples

This Parisian actress and singer married the crooner Andy Williams when he was 33 and she was 19.

September 30, 2014

Cole Rumbough

by General

Dubbed “the truest American royalty” by one fan, jazz singer Cole Rumbough grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and is the grandson of the actress Dina Merrill and the great-grandson of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

September 23, 2014

Princess Yasmin Aga Khan

by General

The twice married daughter of the actress Rita Heyworth and Prince Aly Khan was married to the Greek economist and shipping heir Basil Embiricos between 1985 and 1987. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan was born in Lausanne, Switzerland and educated in Massachusetts and Geneva. She has become renowned for raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease through her … Continue reading “Princess Yasmin Aga Khan”

May 1, 2014

Katie Hopkins: The reality

by Matthew Steeples

The public should be exposed to the real Katie Hopkins   Last night I met Katie Hopkins. This chance encounter at a party –where I was also briefly and rather randomly introduced to the ex-jailbird Chris Huhne (as cringeworthy as one would expect) and ‘Darth Labour’ Lord Mandelson (as dark as one would imagine) – … Continue reading “Katie Hopkins: The reality”

April 10, 2014

Raising the cocktail

by Matthew Steeples

Karol Rybicki of The Sanderson wins La Brasserie’s first inter-bar cocktail competition   On Sunday evening La Brasserie in Brompton Cross, South Kensington hosted their first inter-bar cocktail competition. The winner was Karol Rybicki of The Sanderson.

March 29, 2014

In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow

by Matthew Steeples

James Murphy leaps to the defence of Gwyneth Paltrow   You’ve heard the news: Gwyneth Paltrow is ‘consciously uncoupling’ from Chris Martin. It’s only human to be interested. We are conditioned towards prurience. In the case of Gwyneth Paltrow, however, it’s personal, pernicious and pervasive. The poor woman has been hounded by a sinister reflection … Continue reading “In defence of Gwyneth Paltrow”

January 21, 2014

Felicity Kendal CBE

by General

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 include Byron, Gandhi, Eddie Izzard … Continue reading “Felicity Kendal CBE”

December 16, 2013

Kellie Shirley: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with actress Kellie Shirley, best known as Carly Wicks from ‘Eastenders’   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Really good lyrics.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If you cry because you’ve lost the sun, your tears won’t … Continue reading “Kellie Shirley: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 1, 2013

Seeing Twilight

by Matthew Steeples

Robert Pattinson sells his Los Feliz Hills home   Given the fortune he made from Twilight and Harry Potter, actor Robert Pattinson’s starter home was never going to be basic. London born Pattinson, whose uncle was chairman of Coys of Kensington, bought 2666 Aberdeen Avenue from retired basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for £3.9 million ($6.275 … Continue reading “Seeing Twilight”

October 10, 2013

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

by Matthew Steeples

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”.

September 18, 2013

First past the estate

by Matthew Steeples

1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 shooting brake comes to the market   Here at The Steeple Times we love unusual shooting brakes and in a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1, we’ve discovered an especially fantastic one.

September 13, 2013

If I Were You

by Matthew Steeples

One of Chelsea’s most important modernist houses comes to the market   Built for the parliamentarian and playwright Benn Levy and his actress wife and designed by the Bauhaus school founder Walter Gropius, 66 Old Church Street is one of Chelsea’s most significant modernist houses. It’s no wonder that, even though in need of renovation, … Continue reading “If I Were You”

August 26, 2013

Anna Chancellor

by Matthew Steeples

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 and as Juliet Shaw in … Continue reading “Anna Chancellor”

August 15, 2013

Helen Lederer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with actress, comedian and writer Helen Lederer, best known for her role as Catriona in ‘Absolutely Fabulous’   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My latest aim for a user-friendly existence is to be kind and forgiving and never tweet when drunk.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” … Continue reading “Helen Lederer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 27, 2013

Flora Ogilvy

by Matthew Steeples

A royal extra. 46th in line to the throne and the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, Ogilvy scored a small part in the 2013 series of Downton Abbey. More regal than the Grantham family, the daughter of the founder of Luxury Briefing and educated at Rugby, a career on the stage and screen allegedly … Continue reading “Flora Ogilvy”

July 5, 2013

Supersize me

by Matthew Steeples

First pictures of long-wheelbase Range Rover published   The first images of the forthcoming 2014 long-wheelbase Range Rover were published on the Autoblog Canada website yesterday.

June 24, 2013

New York’s real estate power brokers: Part II

by Oliver Estreich

Oliver Estreich’s New York real estate power brokers   In the second in a series, Oliver Estreich profiles New York’s top realtors. He continues with Eva Penson, Leighton Candler and Dana Power.  

June 16, 2013

Blighted Bassett

by Matthew Steeples

Robbie Williams’ Wiltshire estate for sale again for £2.6 million less than he paid for it   Singer Robbie Williams paid £8,100,000 for Compton Bassett House, near Calne in Wiltshire in 2008. In the years since he’s tried to sell it several times but even now that it has been relaunched for just £5,500,000, will … Continue reading “Blighted Bassett”

June 3, 2013

Emmanuelle Seigner

by Matthew Steeples

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 than modest.

May 22, 2013

Jerry Hall

by Matthew Steeples

Like a fine vintage, this Texan model and actress gets better with age. Mick Jagger’s former common-law wife was once engaged to Bryan Ferry and has dabbled with Kabbalah and other religions. A mother of four, Hall once stated: “I’m a very bad citizen. I’ve never even voted… I have zero interest in politics”.

May 6, 2013

Helen Flanagan

by Matthew Steeples

This Manchester born former Coronation Street actress has a penchant for footballers and was once described as “Britain’s dumbest celebrity” by The Sun. In May 2013, of convicted paedophile Stuart Hall, she commented: “I just think, that’s an 83-year-old man, you could give him a heart attack. Have some respect”. Previously she shared a photograph … Continue reading “Helen Flanagan”

April 23, 2013

Penelope Wilton OBE

by Matthew Steeples

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 History Boys, she was brilliant … Continue reading “Penelope Wilton OBE”

April 8, 2013

Collecting a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view   Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps … Continue reading “Collecting a view”

March 27, 2013

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

March 10, 2013

Toby Flood

by Matthew Steeples

This level-headed “reluctant star” of English rugby grew up in Northumberland and describes himself as a “horse whisperer, ventriloquist, ladies swimwear model and soft play enthusiast” to his 50,000 followers on Twitter. He enjoys gardening, fishing and walking his black Labrador and eventually intends to become a lawyer. Whilst both of his grandfathers were actors, … Continue reading “Toby Flood”

March 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake

by Matthew Steeples

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.

March 5, 2013

Michelle Dockery

by Matthew Steeples

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 such as Anna Karenina with … Continue reading “Michelle Dockery”

February 5, 2013

Morena Baccarin

by Matthew Steeples

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 bucket list, definitely”.

December 4, 2012

Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

by Matthew Steeples

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 Wright wrote to her and … Continue reading “Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA”

November 5, 2012

Laura Carmichael

by Matthew Steeples

A Southampton born graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Laura Carmichael came to public prominence in ITV1’s Downton Abbey. Her October 2012 West End debut, opposite Anna Friel in Uncle Vanya, was briefly interrupted by Sir Peter Hall heckling. He’s since apologised and all’s well once again. With some 20,000 followers on Twitter, this … Continue reading “Laura Carmichael”

November 2, 2012

The Savile defence

by Matthew Steeples

Hugo Istay discovers Jimmy Savile’s most unlikely advocates: The Daily Mail   Here are some quotes from that bastion of the country’s morals, The Daily Mail. Apparently Jimmy Savile had been collecting ones like these for years to aid his defence should the proverbial hit the fan.     He was going to kick off … Continue reading “The Savile defence”

October 24, 2012

Annabel Giles

by Matthew Steeples

On her website, Giles describes herself as a “model, TV and radio presenter, actress and comedienne, novelist and journalist…” Is there anything this ex-wife of Midge Ure of Ultravox does not do? On her blog: “When 140 characters just isn’t enough…” she tells David Cameron: “I’m not into politics, I’m into people” and states that … Continue reading “Annabel Giles”

October 16, 2012

Tarred by Paparazzi

by Matthew Steeples

The bonfire sale of a monster of a mansion that has had a $15 million price reduction   A property was first built at 10425 West Sunset Boulevard in Lower Bel Air, Los Angeles in 1936. Here, in this most exclusive of districts, the homes of the prosperous residents are hidden from view and this … Continue reading “Tarred by Paparazzi”

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

September 30, 2012

Hawn’s Housesitter

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell’s Malibu beach house   Goldie Hawn’s performance in the 1992 romantic comedy Housesitter with Steve Martin was described by the noted film critic Roger Ebert as “one of her best performances.” In the film, Martin’s character builds a dream home for himself and his girlfriend but is … Continue reading “Hawn’s Housesitter”

September 23, 2012

No man is an island

by Matthew Steeples

The joys and pitfalls of island life   Living on a private island would, to many, seem like a dream. The prospect of being able to do what you want, when you want and without having to pander to rules and regulations indeed does sound appealing. Swapping the rat race and daily commute for white … Continue reading “No man is an island”

August 17, 2012

Taylor Swift

by Matthew Steeples

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 Hills and Cape Cod. In … Continue reading “Taylor Swift”

June 19, 2012

Bruce’s best

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Designer to the stars Bruce Oldfield OBE   Between the 26th June and 31st July, Bruce Oldfield is holding a sample sale at his Beauchamp Place showroom where he will offer a selection of couture occasion wear, wedding dresses and accessories.   Oldfield, who was brought up in the care of the children’s charity … Continue reading “Bruce’s best”

June 7, 2012

Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

A descendant of the Aga Khan and the grandson of Rita Heyworth. Gregarious and witty Embiricos was passionate about flying and worked for Virgin Atlantic. His departure came far too soon.

June 4, 2012

Virginia McKenna OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This British actress is best known for playing Joy Adamson in the true-life film Born Free alongside her real-life husband, Bill Travers (1957 – 1994).  She’s also starred in the Ring of Bright Water, The Camomile Lawn and Swallows and Amazons but it is for her work as a wildlife campaigner that McKenna is best … Continue reading “Virginia McKenna OBE”

May 25, 2012

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

by Matthew Steeples

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.

May 12, 2012

Céline Dion CC OQ

by Matthew Steeples

Dion met her husband and manager, René Angélil, when she was 12. Her rise has been meteoric and she’s now one of the richest women in showbiz. Whether she’s “Falling into You” or “Taking Chances,” however, there’s just something utterly irritating about her demeanour. Please could someone send in an iceberg? This Titanic of a … Continue reading “Céline Dion CC OQ”

May 10, 2012

Kerry Katona

by Matthew Steeples

Some call her “Warrington’s finest export.” Others don’t. She tried to persuade mums to go to Iceland and in the process went bankrupt. This tragic former Atomic Kitten really should just be kept off our screens.

May 7, 2012

Jonathan Yeo

by Matthew Steeples

There is barely anyone this contemporary portraist hasn’t painted. George W. Bush, David Cameron, Minnie Driver, Prince Philip, Paris Hilton and Rupert Murdoch all number amongst his subjects. The son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, he’s now made it his mission to poke fun at the politicians and personalities he depicts and even went as … Continue reading “Jonathan Yeo”

April 28, 2012

Cara Delevingne

by Matthew Steeples

Having followed in the footsteps of her sister, Poppy, into a career in modeling, this Burberry muse became one of the hottest commodities of 2012. She describes herself as a “professional human being” on Twitter and “likes eyebrows and playing the drums”. She had a small part in the 2012 film adaptation of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.

April 27, 2012

Paris Hilton

by Matthew Steeples

The great granddaughter of the founder of Hilton Hotels is best known for her phrase: “That’s hot” and a sex tape but she’s the one having the last laugh. She’s only in her early 30s but already worth $100 million.

April 15, 2012

Blessed Clarence

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £22,500,000 Clarence House in Richmond   Built in 1696 for a haberdasher merchant named Nathaniel Rawlins, Clarence House in Richmond was subsequently extended by his daughter, Elizabeth, before it became a Catholic school in 1792.     One student at the various schools that were subsequently run from the house was … Continue reading “Blessed Clarence”

April 10, 2012

Prospering Paris

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: The genius of self-promotion that is Paris Hilton   At a dinner party last week, my guests gasped in horror when I said that I view Paris Hilton to be a genius. Their faces turned ashen and one asked if I had lost the plot. In the ensuing discussion, several described her as the … Continue reading “Prospering Paris”

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