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Actress Eva Green swans between swanky homes in Paris and Primrose Hill. But until he recently moved to London, her boyfriend, Kiwi-born Lord of the Rings star Marton Csokas, inconveniently lived Down Under
Eva Green
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Eva Green
Actress Eva Green, hailed by Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci as “so beautiful it’s indecent”, swans between swanky homes in Paris and Primrose Hill. But until he recently moved to London, her boyfriend, Kiwi-born heart-throb Marton Csokas, inconveniently lived Down Under.

“I once flew to Australia to see him and was only there for one day,” recalls the besotted Swedish dentist‘s daughter. “I spent more time in the air. But it was totally worth it.”

The pair met in 2005 while filming Ridley Scott’s crusader epic Kingdom of Heaven. Bond girl Eva, a keen collector of dead insects and butterflies, loves London’s parks and restaurants (“better than in Paris”). Her ambition is to live with Lord of the Rings star Marton in “a castle surrounded by dogs”.

A year after fabrics tycoon Bernard Ashley died aged 82 his four children, including bikewear designer Nick, have sold his seven-bedroom Powys home, Rhydoldog House, for £1.2 million through Savills. The part-Georgian mansion and lush 50-acre grounds, bought in 1973, often featured in his late wife Laura Ashley’s clothes, wallpaper and soft furnishings catalogues. The family once hoped that the National Trust would acquire it as a shrine to the designer. “But the deal-breaker was the two-mile track to the house,” says their eldest daughter Jane. “You wouldn’t be able to get coaches full of visitors along that.” Ashley himself flew there by helicopter for his weekend stays.

Richard Ward
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Richard Ward
Celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward, who tends the tresses of Kate Middleton, Natasha Kaplinsky, Sophie Raworth and Trinny Woodall, has paid £900,000 through Strutt & Parker for a three-bedroom Victorian corner house in Fulham.

This brings his real-estate empire up to six properties, including a five-bedroom family house in Parsons Green, a flat near Alicante and three one-bedroom buy-to-let flats in Belgravia, Chelsea and Fulham.

“We’ll live in the new place while we do up our present home,” beams Hellen Ward, the scissor maestro’s wife.

Damien Hirst
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Damien Hirst
If Damien Hirst can be prised away from his Cheyne Walk houseboat he might buy Chelsea’s most historic artist’s studio, for sale at £5.35 million through Savills.

The 3,665sq ft two-storey Grade II-listed pad at Avenue Studios, off Fulham Road, was once owned by Queen Victoria’s favourite sculptor, Baron Carlo Marochetti, and is where Sir Edwyn Landseer worked on clay models for the lions below Nelson’s Column and Sir Albert Gilbert modelled the statue of Eros for Piccadilly Circus.

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