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Homesick Alex is ready to leave La La Land
After living in Los Angeles for the past 14 years, British actress Alex Kingston, former star of C4’s long-running medical drama ER, is poised to move back here.
Last month she sold her six-bedroom Hollywood Hills home for £1.9million, a considerable hike from the £446,000 she paid for it in 1998. This followed her recent announcement that she had split from her second husband, German writer Florian Haertel, father of her daughter Salome (her first husband being heart-throb actor Ralph Fiennes).
The tousle-haired Surrey butcher’s daughter has told friends that she is homesick for Britain, where she made her name in such juicy TV roles as Moll Flanders and Boudica.
During the past 12 months she has been a frequent visitor here, starring in Dr Who as a fellow time-traveller and in ITV’s spooky new drama series, Marchlands, as a troubled mother of two.
Entrepreneur Peter de Savary has been forced to shave £2million off the £11million asking price of his Grade II-listed Cotswolds home near Cheltenham.
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The 10-bedroom property, with its panelled great hall, minstrels’ gallery, swimming pool and 12-car garage, had languished on the market since August, a disappointment to Knight Frank, who describe it as "a very special manor house with spectacular views over beautifully landscaped grounds and a three and a half-acre lake".
After 12 years there, "PDS", former owner of Land’s End, John O’Groats and Skibo Castle in Sutherland, plans to move with his wife Lana to a spot near Oxford.
“The Cotswolds are real, proper country with well-proportioned classical stone houses," he says. "It’s also a good place in which to invest because prices hold up."
Savills is selling a six-bedroom Grade II-listed Belgravia mansion where the owner will be neighbours with former PM Baroness Thatcher.
The white-stucco, £13.95million, five-storey Victorian property includes a roof terrace and a mews house with a double garage and staff accommodation. "It must be one of the safest properties in London as there are always police officers on duty nearby," reports a neighbour.
Lady Thatcher moved to Chester Square in 1991, shortly after leaving 10 Downing Street. Another former PM, Harold Macmillan, once lived at number 14, while another local, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, held musical soirées at his home there.
TV legend Sir David Frost has found a new Chelsea home to share with his wife, former model Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard - and a venue for his legendary summer parties.
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He has paid £7.85million through Savills for a five-bedroom Georgian house with a walled garden and a roof terrace. But joy! It is next door to 14-acre Burton’s Court lawns - ideal for alfresco partying.
Septuagenarian Frostie recently sold his double-fronted six-bedroom Victorian mansion off the King’s Road for £13.6million through Russell Simpson, a hefty
£6.4million drop from its original £20million asking price.
"The great news is that David will still be able to hold his summer garden party," says a neighbour. "The Royal Hospital, which owns Burton’s Court, allows residents to hire its cricket pitch and pavilion for parties and other social activities." Past Frost-party guests have included Hugh Grant, the Camerons and Tony Blair.