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EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Lily James’ American accent

So seriously is Lily James taking her role as Baywatch star Pamela Anderson in the forthcoming television drama Pam & Tommy that she’s taken to keeping her American accent even when the cameras stop rolling, I hear.

‘Lily sees this as one of the biggest roles of her career, because it’s a real chance to show off her versatility,’ says my man with the clapper board. ‘She has thrown herself fully into playing Pamela.’

Don’t take the method acting too far, Lily.

When Dustin Hoffman stayed up for three days to achieve emotional verisimilitude for his role in the film Marathon Man, his co-star, Laurence Olivier, told him: ‘My dear boy, why don’t you just try acting?’

Lily James, pictured in Los Angeles is playing Pamela Anderson in a new TV drama

The biopic is based on the life of Pamela Anderson, right, and her relationship with her husband Tommy Lee, left

The biopic is based on the life of Pamela Anderson, right, and her relationship with her husband Tommy Lee, left

Pitch perfect for Camilla’s friend

Soprano Danielle de Niese always sings passionately, but her performance will be even more heartfelt than usual at Glyndebourne on July 10.

For Danielle will be singing two duets at a memorial concert in honour of her mother-in-law, Mary Christie.

‘We’ve chosen an array of my mum’s favourite music, and we’ll have the London Philharmonic Orchestra on stage,’ says De Niese’s husband, Gus Christie, who runs the East Sussex opera house.

His mother was a close friend of the Duchess of Cornwall and, Gus tells me, Prince Charles and Camilla ‘sent me some wonderful letters after my mum died’.

Soprano Danielle de Niese always sings passionately, but her performance will be even more heartfelt than usual at Glyndebourne on July 10

Soprano Danielle de Niese always sings passionately, but her performance will be even more heartfelt than usual at Glyndebourne on July 10

It’s love, Actually. Hugh Grant felt compelled to set the record straight this week about his marriage.

The Four Weddings star, 60, was surprised when a friend sent him a screenshot of an online search result which claimed he’d married Swedish television producer Anna Eberstein, 41, ‘for passport reasons’. Sharing an image of the screenshot, Hugh declared: ‘No I didn’t, internet. I married her because I love her.’

Best seller Victoria Hislop made her name with sun-soaked sagas set in Greece, but she won’t be turning her attentions to Britain now she’s stuck here during the pandemic. ‘I’m really only inspired when I’m not in the UK,’ says the novelist, who became an honorary Greek citizen last year.

Sally Bercow’s little nuisance 

Sally Bercow is being plagued by a tiny, annoying creature at her Thames-side flat . . . and it’s not her husband, the diminutive former House of Commons Speaker, John, known as the ‘Squeaker’.

Sally wails on the Next Door neighbourhood app: ‘I need someone to come out today as absolutely spooked to see a mouse in the kitchen last night.’

Perhaps she should have a word with Bercow’s successor as Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle: he introduced a cat to help deal with Parliament’s mouse problem.

How much should you pack for a two-night getaway? A lot, if you’re rock star Sir Rod Stewart’s ex-wife Alana.

The 76-year-old, who has two children with the singer, reveals that she took six bags — three of which were stylish Louis Vuitton luggage – for her stay at Villa Royale in Palm Springs, Florida, this week. ‘No matter how hard I try, I always end up over-packing,’ explains the ex-model. ‘This is for two days.

‘And I pretty much used everything I brought.’

The Hobbit star Martin Freeman admits he¿s had to enlist the help of his new girlfriend to stop his bad habit of overeating

The Hobbit star Martin Freeman admits he’s had to enlist the help of his new girlfriend to stop his bad habit of overeating

The Hobbit star Martin Freeman admits he’s had to enlist the help of his new girlfriend to stop his bad habit of overeating.

‘I am, what I like to call, a fat pig,’ explains the 49-year-old, who is courting actress Rachel Mariam, 28.

‘I love food. My girlfriend helps with that. I give people a licence to say: ‘Steady on.’

‘I was the youngest of five. Usually in big families, if you’re the youngest, you want to pack it all in your mouth.

‘Also when I was a kid I found it vaguely impressive that I was so small but could eat loads. ‘Grown-ups and teachers would say, ‘You’re like a little hamster. Where do you tuck it all?’ I saw that as a badge of honour.’

Anna’s mellow in yellow for return to the party scene

Marcella star Anna Friel used to be a regular on the social scene but even she felt out of practice when she attended her first party in more than a year this week.

‘This is my first night out since lockdown,’ Anna, 44, tells me at a gala dinner at Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden, to celebrate the opening of Lily Lewis’s art exhibition, Safe Places. ‘This is all very new to me because I’ve been shooting [TV series The Box] in Sweden, where I was literally just in the hotel or studio.’

It was also pop star Ellie Goulding’s first night out since the birth of her son, Arthur, six weeks ago.

The 34-year-old was joined by her husband, Old Etonian art dealer Caspar Jopling, 29, below.

Art sales on the night raised funds for domestic violence charity Refuge, which Ellie describes as ‘an amazing cause’.

Marcella star Anna Friel used to be a regular on the social scene but even she felt out of practice when she attended her first party in more than a year this week

Marcella star Anna Friel used to be a regular on the social scene but even she felt out of practice when she attended her first party in more than a year this week

(Very) modern manners

How much should you pack for a two-night getaway? A lot, if you’re rock star Sir Rod Stewart’s ex-wife Alana. 

The 76-year-old, who has two children with the singer, reveals that she took six bags — three of which were stylish Louis Vuitton luggage – for her stay at Villa Royale in Palm Springs, Florida, this week. ‘No matter how hard I try, I always end up over-packing,’ explains the ex-model. ‘This is for two days. ‘And I pretty much used everything I brought.’ 

How much should you pack for a two-night getaway? A lot, if you¿re rock star Sir Rod Stewart¿s ex-wife Alana

How much should you pack for a two-night getaway? A lot, if you’re rock star Sir Rod Stewart’s ex-wife Alana


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