Kelly flies the love mist
Actress Kelly Brook’s former Sydenham love nest is for sale at £325,000 through Wooster & Stock. She bought the three-bedroom Victorian maisonette in Lawrie Park Road after her much-criticised 1999 TV debut in C4’s The Big Breakfast. The busty, Rochester scaffolder’s daughter lived there with actor Jason Statham and then Hollywood star Billy Zane.
“The property still has many original Kelly features, including an amazing dressing room, stripped-wood floors, antique radiators, a country cottage kitchen and a pink front door,” say the agents. She sold up in 2007 and now dots between her 15th-century Kent farmhouse near Lenham and her Los Angeles home with her latest beau, Wasps rugby hunk Danny Cipriani.
After 30 years as a tenant in a Victorian terrace home in Oakley Gardens, Chelsea, advertising legend John Ritchie (whose son is the film director, Guy Ritchie) has moved house. He and his wife Shireen, a councillor and Tory Party vice-chairman in charge of candidates, now live in nearby Sprimont Place. “John has been unwell recently and his family thought a smaller place would suit him better,” explains a friend. Guy is taking a close interest in the move. “He loves his father and would do anything to help him be comfortable,” adds my source. With an estimated £45 million divorce settlement from Madonna, Guy certainly has the cash.
Television and radio presenter George Lamb has just finished transforming his new £780,000 two-bedroom Victorian maisonette into “the coolest bachelor pad in Belsize Park”. “Our top floor is now completely open-plan and hung with lots of interesting artworks,” adds his flatmate, fashion show organiser Robin Scott-Lawson. “It’s great for entertaining.” Dandy Lamb, son of Gavin & Stacey actor Larry Lamb, presents Big Brother’s Little Brother and BBC Radio 6’s weekend morning show. He is dating Moroccan supermodel Karima Adebibe, while playboy Robin has just split up from The Tudors actress Annabelle Wallis.
Make-up artist Mary Greenwell, whose clients include Keira Knightley, Kate Moss and Cate Blanchett, is renting her East African holiday home El Yafir for £1,750 a week. The three-bedroom “petit palais” in Lamu, Kenya’s St Tropez, is described by Somerset agents Scott Williams as “full of bohemian chic and charm”.
Following her appointment as West Ham’s supremo, Karren Brady has a dilemma. She would prefer to live near the East London club and sell the £2.5 million Birmingham mansion she bought while she was Birmingham City’s managing director. Alas, her husband Paul Peschisolido is manager of Burton Albion in Burton upon Trent. Meanwhile, the Edmonton printer’s daughter stays in a London hotel, returning to the family at weekends.
© Murray Sanders