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Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is denying that she plans to desert Mumbai for Hollywood. And TV inquisitor Sir David Frost has sold his six-bedroom home in Chelsea
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That's £20m through the keyhole for Frost

David Frost
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David Frost

TV inquisitor Sir David Frost has sold his six-bedroom London home for about £20 million through Russell Simpson. The double-fronted Victorian mansion dominates one of Chelsea’s choicest squares, close to the King’s Road, and is where his annual summer garden parties attracted A-list celebs, top politicians and media über-stars.

“David’s sons, Miles, Wilfred and George, are now grown-up and so he and his wife [former model Lady Carina Fitzalan Howard, sister of the Duke of Norfolk] no longer need all that space,” reports a neighbour. “Instead they will be spending more time at their Hampshire home near Romsey and live in a smaller pad in London.”

The Methodist minister’s son, now presenter of Al Jazeera’s weekly series Frost Over The World, remains the only person to have quizzed the last seven US presidents and the last seven UK prime ministers. A peerage is surely long overdue?

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Freida Pinto
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Freida Pinto
Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is denying that she plans to desert Mumbai for Hollywood. “I don’t need to live in Los Angeles,” she declares. “Technology is so advanced that I can audition on Skype now. There’s never a dull moment in Mumbai. You can be stuck in traffic and watch someone dancing or getting into a fight.”

The sultry Catholic beauty lives with her parents, retired bank manager Frederick and high-school principal Sylvia, in a modern apartment block outside the city.

Alas, her boyfriend, Slumdog co-star Dev Patel, lives with his parents 4,500 miles away in leafy Harrow-on-the-Hill. “To make it work we have to meet in the middle,” she says.

Gary Kemp
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Gary Kemp
Gary Kemp, the creative genius behind 1980s pop band Spandau Ballet, is upsizing his weekend retreat. “He already owns a Cotswold cottage and is looking at nearby properties in the £2 million bracket,” says a friend.

The cycling-mad, Smithfield-born printer’s son needs the extra space to accommodate his growing family. He has two sons, Milo and Kit, both aged under six, by his second wife, costume designer Lauren Barber.

But the main Kemp base remains a six-bedroom Georgian mansion in Fitzroy Square off Tottenham Court Road practically next door to Guy Ritchie, Griff Rhys Jones and shoe tycoon Linda Bennett.

Society hostess Serena Balfour may have been born in Blenheim Palace but that doesn’t protect her from the harsh realities of Caribbean real estate. Last spring she put her nine-bedroom Dominican Republic villa on the market at £4.35 million through Aylesford.

Now she has reduced the price of the vast colonial-style property on the Punta Cana estate to £3.6 million. The sassy charity-fundraising niece of the Duke of Marlborough, and her husband, former Tory MEP Neil Balfour, bought Las Arenas as a building plot for £500,000 in 2004 and spent twice that building their dream home to match neighbours such as couturier Oscar de la Renta, ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and singer Julio Iglesias.

The couple recently sold their four-bedroom Grade II-listed Pimlico maisonette overlooking Warwick Square for £2.5 million through Aldine Honey and are mainly based at their three-bedroom cottage on the Blenheim estate, Oxfordshire.

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