SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Who better than 'keen' Hugh Grant to play the part of disgraced politician Jeremy Thorpe for a new BBC drama?
Foppish actor Hugh Grant, 56, knows all about scandal having been caught by police indulging in a sex act with Hollywood hooker Divine Brown near LA’s Sunset Strip.
So who better to play Jeremy Thorpe in a forthcoming three-part BBC adaptation of A Very English Scandal by Doctor Who writer Russell T. Davies.
The drama chronicles the downfall of the former Liberal leader who was cleared in 1979 of conspiring to murder Norman Scott to cover up their affair.
Hugh Grant (left), 56, knows all about scandal having been caught by police indulging in a sex act with Hollywood hooker Divine Brown near LA’s Sunset Strip, so who better to play Jeremy Thorpe (right) in a forthcoming three-part BBC adaptation of A Very English Scandal?
An insider tells me: ‘Hugh is keen to do it but nothing has been firmed up yet.
‘One area that interests him is the way Thorpe was hounded by the media — as we know Hugh has a beef with the Press.’
Koo shows off her daughter at exhibition
Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend, photographer Koo Stark, hosted a retrospective of her work at the Leica Gallery in Mayfair, supported by her 20-year-old daughter Tatiana, whose father is American financier Warren Walker.
Stark, 61, took up photography after her 18-month romance with Prince Andrew ended in 1983.
Their romance was nipped in the bud when it emerged she had starred in the 1976 erotic film, Emily.
Tatiana, who is the Duke of York’s goddaughter, was the subject of a legal battle when she was three.
Koo attempted to sue Tatiana’s father for breach of contract, loss of earnings and emotional distress, but the action collapsed.
In 2013, Koo, who founded a cancer awareness agency after surviving the disease, was cleared of theft at Isleworth Crown Court after claims by Warren that she had stolen a 17th-century painting worth £40,000.
Prince Andrew’s ex-girlfriend, photographer Koo Stark (left), hosted a retrospective of her work at the Leica Gallery in Mayfair, supported by her 20-year-old daughter Tatiana (right)
Hastings follows new lead
In character as Superintendent Ted Hastings in Line of Duty, Adrian Dunbar was described by my colleague Jan Moir as ‘a slightly paunchy sexist with the emotional intelligence of a whelk’.
Nevertheless, Dunbar has become an unlikely sex symbol — and he scrubs up well when he’s off duty, too. The hawk-eyed Ulsterman, 58, relaxed after the BBC1 police drama’s finale on Sunday night by taking his two dogs for a walk near his North London home, wearing trendy tinted specs and a navy gilet.
Excitable housewives have launched a social media campaign for Dunbar’s craggy on-screen persona to become Prime Minister. Strong and stable leadership? It’s a fair cop.
Walkies! Line of Duty star Ted Hastings (right) who plays Superintendent Ted Hastings (left) in the popular crime drama has become something of a sex symbol
REALITY STAR'S GIRLFRIEND DODGES QUESTIONS ABOUT ROYAL WEDDING
Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams
When Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews this month, her future brother-in-law Spencer will be attending on his own.
His girlfriend, Vogue Williams, is dodging rumours she’s not invited by saying she’s busy that day.
Vogue, 31, posted this snap of herself in a pink swimsuit with Spencer, 28, from Marbella.
She may not be going to the ball, but she’s determined to show she’s having a ball.
Pixie will take my name, says singer's fiance
Perky pop star Pixie Lott will have to bow to convention when she weds Marks & Sparks underwear model Oliver Cheshire next year.
‘I want her to take my second name,’ Oliver, 28, tells me at the Belstaff x Vestiaire Collective party in Mayfair.
Perky pop star Pixie Lott will take her finance's name when she marries model Oliver Cheshire next year
He said: ‘That’s quite traditional, and I’m quite traditional. I think it’s the right thing to do. When we have kids I want us all to have the same surname.’
Unsurprisingly, he is also happy to leave the wedding planning to Pixie, 26.
‘I’ll give a little bit of advice if she asks me, but I’m not that hot on flowers and colours.’ That’s traditional, too.
Brooklyn 'walked into' his job, said designer
Sewing Bee judge blasts Beckhams
From the ubiquitous Beckhams to Kate Moss’s 14-year-old daughter Lila Grace, the toxic trend of celebrity offspring nabbing fashion’s top jobs is too much for Savile Row designer Patrick Grant.
‘I would never use one of the Beckhams’ kids because I think my customers would think that was deeply uncool; I think it’s deeply uncool,’ says Grant, 45, a judge on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee.
‘Brooklyn and Romeo walked into their Burberry jobs, while professionals are overlooked. I don’t support that.’
Speaking at the book launch for I Actually Wore This by Tom Coleman, hosted at Grant’s E.Tautz store in Mayfair, he adds: ‘It’s deeply disingenuous, the whole thing, and most people with a brain can see through it.’
Pulitzer prize-winning writer Hilton Als made his name as a theatre critic, but this week his own life became the drama.
The Broadway veteran drew on his experiences as a gay man in New York in the Nineties, and the loss of many of his close friends to Aids, as he gave the annual Esmond Harmsworth Lecture at Oxford University’s Rothermere American Institute.
‘It was a powerful and moving account,’ says a cerebral observer. Bravo.
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