SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Wedding joy for reformed It-girl Sophie Anderton and her Count
Her beauty has captivated numerous admirers, among them the late Lord Hanson’s elder son, man-about-town Robert Hanson, and former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich.
But lasting happiness had seemed destined to elude Sophie Anderton, who was still in her teens when her appearance in a campaign for Gossard bras catapulted her to national attention. Until now, that is.
For I can disclose that, after a two‑and-a half year engagement, Sophie, 43, is to marry in February next year — and become a countess into the bargain.
Finding happiness: Sophie Anderton is to marry Count Kaz Balinski-Jundzill (pictured together) next February
Her husband-to-be is the splendidly named Count Kaz Balinski-Jundzill, who, despite his Polish antecedents, lives in Ireland, close to the Wicklow Mountains.
His home, the rambling Glendalough House, has a main wing alone which extends to 7,000 square feet and sits at the heart of a 1,400‑acre estate.
‘We are ecstatically happy,’ says Sophie, who starred in I’m A Celebrity . . . and Celebrity Big Brother.
She explains that she and Kaz, 52, a father of four, have been intending to marry for ‘quite some time’, only for the coronavirus outbreak to sabotage their plans.
The model, pictured in 2002, has previously been with man-about-town Robert Hanson, and former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich
‘We feel our life together is moving forwards after the standstill of the past eight months,’ she adds.
‘It will only be a civil wedding in February — a very small affair. But we’ll have a big blessing ceremony in the summer that Kaz’s children can attend and all my family and friends who are all around the world.’
Among the guests will be Ella, Kaz’s daughter by his former wife, model-turned television chef Lorraine Pascale, to whom Kaz was married for five years in the 1990s.
Sophie, pictured with footballer Bosnich, was previously blighted by addiction and bankruptcy
Ella regularly comes over to see her father, who, says Sophie, has been erroneously described a jazz musician. ‘He did that as a bit of fun when he was very young. He’s actually in the [oil] extraction industry.’
For her part, Sophie — whose life was, for a time, blighted by addiction and bankruptcy — is to be congratulated for having extracted herself from her past so splendidly.
‘The best thing I ever did was get out of London — much as I love London,’ she says. ‘I’ve now got the mountains.’
And the man.
Model-turned-publican Jodie Kidd doesn’t quite see eye-to-eye with her boyfriend, former Royal Marine Joseph Bates, when it comes to matrimony.
Despite her recent insistence to a newspaper that ‘Joseph and I are solid — marriage is not a priority’, he retorts: ‘Whatever. She totally wants me to put a ring on it.’
Lily’s audience with Queen Joan
Doll-faced Lily Cole may have been queen of the catwalk but she was eclipsed by Hollywood star Dame Joan Collins when the pair met on the set of their medieval television series Glow And Darkness.
Lily Cole was eclipsed by Hollywood star Dame Joan Collins when the pair met on the set of their medieval television series Glow And Darkness
In Lily’s selfie, Dame Joan (who plays French Queen Adelaide of Maurienne) sports her character’s regal attire with aplomb, while the Vogue cover star-cum-actress gives just a glimpse of her period costume and curled hair.
Lily, 32, says coyly: ‘I was playing an aristocrat.’
There’s no hiding for Fifty Shades star Jamie
Many celebrities have enjoyed their new-found anonymity thanks to Covid face masks, but not even Fifty Shades Of Grey star Jamie Dornan could disguise his identity when he went shopping while wearing one.
‘I was in a record store a few weeks ago wearing my mask,’ he recalls. ‘As I was paying, the guy behind the counter recognised me — from my voice. It was really weird.
‘He’d been bingeing The Fall [the 2013 TV crime drama that launched former model Jamie’s acting career] because it had just come out on Netflix. He was like: “Hold on a second, Jamie Dornan?” And I was like: “Yep.”
‘I really thought no one would recognise me in a mask.’
Fearne Cotton, a Top Of The Pops presenter when the axe fell on the show in 2006, says it’s not too late for the BBC to revive its flagship music programme.
‘I’m slightly bereft that the show isn’t on full time because I did it for so long,’ says Fearne, who is hoping this year’s Christmas special will go ahead.
‘I haven’t heard anything about it yet [from the BBC]. I should start looking into it.’
Nat’s recipe for the good life is sweet simplicity
She married French billionaire’s son Antoine Arnault earlier this year, but Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova still knows how to enjoy the simple things in life.
Natalia Vodianova was enjoying the simple things in life as she took a baking lesson in Paris with her daughter Neva
The 38-year-old mother of five took a baking lesson in Paris with her 14‑year-old daughter Neva, whose father is Natalia’s first husband, English aristocrat Justin Portman.
The Calvin Klein model licked the icing off her whisk, just as she would do when cooking years ago with her grandmother.
‘Little things in life can bring so much happiness,’ says Natalia. ‘I always thought macarons would be so hard to prepare. Neva and I were quite surprised when we learned how to make them.’
War museum thrills George
He was recently so dismayed by Sir David Attenborough’s Extinction documentary, he asked his father to switch off the television.
So I’m delighted Prince George has alighted on something far more to his liking: London’s Imperial War Museum.
Prince George enjoyed a day out at the Imperial War Museum in London with sister Charlotte and their mother Kate
‘Kate took him and Charlotte there, very much as members of the public,’ my museum mole tells me, adding that George looked on in awe at the military hardware.
Buckingham Palace declines to comment on the visit, but I’m assured that seven-year-old George seemed impressively knowledgeable about World War II.
Perhaps he’s been receiving Zoom tuition from his great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was mentioned in dispatches during distinguished service in the Royal Navy.
Princess Beatrice continues to find her husband’s former fiancee, Dara Huang, hot on her heels.
Not only does the glamorous architect still work closely with property developer Edo Mapelli Mozzi, but now she’s stepping on Beatrice’s home turf.
Dara, the mother of Edo’s four-year-old son, made her debut visit to Buckingham Palace this week and couldn’t resist boasting about it to friends.
‘It took me an ambassadorship [from architect firm Richard Kiely] to see this site. It looks just as good up close as it does from the taxi.’
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