SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Twice-divorced actress dates Oscar-winning screen-writer Peter Morgan
Twice-divorced The Fall star Gillian Anderson has always remained optimistic about her romantic prospects, despite a rather turbulent private life. Now the mother of three, who first found fame in The X-Files, appears to be in love again.
I can reveal that the 48-year-old actress is dating Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan, whose cinematic hits include The Queen and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Anderson who lives in London, was at a party in New York this week with 53-year-old Morgan to promote his acclaimed new Netflix series The Crown, where she was overheard telling friends they are now in a relationship.
Gillian Anderson is dating screen-writer Peter Morgan, who separated from his glamorous Austrian wife Lila Schwarzenberg (pictured together), born Princess Anna Carolina zu Schwarzenberg
The news of their blossoming romance follows my disclosure earlier this year that Morgan had separated from his glamorous Austrian wife Lila Schwarzenberg, born Princess Anna Carolina zu Schwarzenberg.
Prior to their split, Lila gave a revealing insight into the state of their fractious marriage in a series of highly personal columns for an Austrian society magazine.
First, she revealed what she said were his unsuccessful efforts to seduce her on holiday with the help of the erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey. ‘Peter still carries the fantasy that the combination of sun, sand and sea undoubtedly leads to countless sex sessions,’ she wrote. ‘Unfortunately, I have to admit that Shades Of Grey didn’t really change much in the course of our holiday . . .’
Anderson who lives in London, was at a party in New York this week with 53-year-old Morgan to promote his acclaimed new Netflix series The Crown
She also described how Morgan was once furious to be served a dinner of fish fingers.
‘Peter always says you can gauge the state of our marriage on the number of fish fingers he gets served up in a week,’ she wrote in 2013.
‘And it appears I went too far once again with my culinary neglect towards Peter as I served him the leftovers of the kids’ meal. He took one look and said: “I am neither five years old nor a f****** penguin.” ’
Morgan said of his marriage to Lila, with whom he has five children: ‘We are so wildly chalk and cheese. People come to our house . . . and they leave so happy not to be us.’
At least the new lovebirds will be able to console each other about their failed attempts at matrimony.
Anderson married X Files assistant art director Clyde Klotz in 1994 and they divorced three years later.
In 2004, she wed Julian Ozanne, a documentary film-maker, but their marriage barely lasted two years.
Her last serious relationship was with businessman Mark Griffiths, with whom she has two young sons. That ended in 2012 after six years.
Anderson, who has admitted to having lesbian flings in her youth, said recently about her taste in men: ‘I have a tendency to have longer-lasting relationships with men who are in touch with their feminine sides.’ Just don’t give him fish fingers, Gillian.
Harrogate a hotbed of kinky passion?
The genteel North Yorkshire spa town is having a Fifty Shades moment, as a local gallery launches a fine art collection ‘inspired by’ bonkbuster author E.L. James’s S&M trilogy. The Fifty Shades images are the work of former Victoria’s Secret photographer Raphael Mazzucco, but James has been ‘heavily involved’ with developing the 500 limited edition artworks, which go on sale today through the Castle Galleries for £1,000 each. Yet another spanking profit.
Moss's sister Lottie joins Chelsea set
Kate Moss reigned over the Nineties social scene with the likes of Sir Mick Jagger and Stella McCartney. But her model half-sister Lottie is settling in with a different crowd.
The 18-year-old blonde has become an honorary member of reality TV show Made In Chelsea, following a string of outings with the Sloaney clique.
However, her connection to the show is closer than it appears, for Lottie now lives with its newest star, Emily Blackwell, 20, with whom she was pictured leaving a bash in London this week.
The glamorous duo, who teamed their short black skirts with thigh-high boots, moved into a flat in Fulham this summer after Lottie completed her A-levels while living with her mother, Inga, in Sussex.
A spokesman for Made In Chelsea insists they are currently not in talks with Lottie to join the cast.
Lottie Moss enjoys a night out with her flat mate, and new 'Made In Chelsea' cast member Emily Blackwell
Ruby tries to baldly steal the limelight
As 14 million people tuned in to see who would be crowned the winner of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off on Wednesday, former finalist Ruby Tandoh made a very bold attempt to draw attention back to herself.
The 25-year-old cookbook author and 2013 runner-up caused a stir on social media by unveiling her newly shaved head. Sharing this picture just one hour before this year’s victor, Candice Brown, was anointed, Ruby wrote: ‘Do what you want.’ After confused fans demanded a better explanation, she added: ‘I realised I was always hiding behind my big mop of hair and pulling it over my face, so I was like... bye curls, hello being unapologetic.’
It certainly caught the attention of recent GBBO heart-throb Tamal Ray, a break-out star from last year’s series, who praised her makeover. ‘Argh, you look awesome!’ he wrote. ‘I’ve always been too terrified that my head would look like a wonky potato if I shaved it all off.’
former finalist Ruby Tandoh made a very bold attempt to draw attention back to herself after Bake Off
The 25-year-old cookbook author and 2013 runner-up caused a stir on social media by unveiling her newly shaved head
Karen Bradley, the new Culture Secretary, is finding the job allows her little time at home in the evenings. On Tuesday, she was at the Man Booker Prize dinner, on Wednesday it was the first-night of Amadeus, and this weekend... American football at Wembley. The fun never stops.
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