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Rising young star Imogen Poots prefers the ease of living with her parents in Chiswick to the reality of flat-sharing; and Bruce Willis is renting out his private Caribbean hideaway
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Imogen Poots
The lure of home cooking, free laundry and no more housework has proved irresistible to rising young Hollywood star Imogen Poots. She has moved back in with her parents, current affairs TV producer Trevor and charity worker Fiona, in Chiswick, after briefly renting a room in a friend’s house in Acton.

"I love being at home. My mother is my best friend," confesses the gamine star of BBC2’s upcoming series, Christopher and His Kind, opposite Dr Who star Matt Smith.

Her other leading men include Michael Douglas in Solitary Man, and shortly, Michael Fassbinder in Jane Eyre. When filming in Hollywood she stays with actress Juno Temple, daughter of film director Julien Temple, in LA’s hilly Los Feliz district. No regrets then over her decision to turn down a Courtauld Institute place to study art history.

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Bruce Willis
Hollywood hardman Bruce Willis is letting The Residence, his Caribbean hideaway on Parrot Cay, a private island resort favoured by celebs such as Britney Spears, Sir Paul McCartney, Ben Affleck, Madonna and Barbra Streisand.

The high-security five-bedroom villa, available at £8,240 a week, includes an infinity pool and party-friendly sun deck. The nearby private airfield and deep-sea marina enables guests to arrive in style and, for a further £4,680 a week, they can also rent an adjoining three-bed flat for their servants and bodyguards.

The German-born Die Hard star, who has other homes in Montana, Idaho, Panama and California, wed Maltese-born lingerie model Emma Heming, 16 years his junior, in a beachside ceremony on Parrot Cay two years ago. He has three daughters, Rumer, Scout and Tallulah, by Hollywood actress Demi Moore. A son next perhaps?

Kate Walsh
Kate Walsh
Apprentice runner-up Kate Walsh has begun flat-hunting in Islington with the help of her boyfriend, Phil Taylor, who, happily, is an estate agent. Raised in Staffordshire and educated at Aston University, Birmingham, she moved to London two years ago, renting a one-bedroom flat near Highbury Fields.

Following The Apprentice she became co-host of C5’s daily Live From Studio Five. "But Kate found the commute was far too long, as it’s filmed in Isleworth, and so they moved to a two-bedroom property in Turnham Green," says a colleague. "Kate now feels that it’s a bit quiet there and she’s definitely a north London girl at heart. So she’s looking for a one-bedroom flat to rent in Islington before finding somewhere to buy nearby."

Meanwhile, bubbly Kate has just landed the glamorous role of co-presenting C5’s new celebrity show, OK!TV.

John Mayhew, owner of London’s oldest restaurant, Rules, has sold Lartington Hall, his 40-bedroom County Durham family home, for £1.2 million through Strutt & Parker. The listed mansion includes a chapel, ballroom and landscaped gardens.

"We supply our own Belted Galloway beef to the restaurant," says Mayhew, whose diners include William Hague, Roger Moore, Harrison Ford and John Prescott. He enjoys teasing Rupert Hambro, owner of Wiltons in St James’s, which also claims to be London’s oldest restaurant. "They say they were founded in 1742," says Mayhew. "But we’ve never strayed from our Covent Garden premises since our foundation in 1798, whereas they’ve moved three times."

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