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Piers Morgan has spent £4 million on buying a five-bedroom house in Kensington from former Tory MP George Walden, father of Morgan's journalist girlfriend, Celia Walden
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Piers Morgan and Celia Walden
Piers Morgan and Celia Walden

Piers wins Celia's daddy over with a £4 million cheque

Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan plans to sell his three-bedroom Fulham bachelor pad after spending £4 million of his estimated £15 million fortune buying a soigné five-bedroom Grade II-listed house in Kensington from his girlfriend’s dad.

Morgan bought the house, in exclusive Edwardes Square, from former Tory MP George Walden, father of Morgan’s journalist squeeze Celia Walden.

The ex-Mirror editor’s penthouse pad at The Regent on the River, with Chelsea Harbour and Battersea Heliport views, could fetch more than £1 million. The Sussex-born roisterer moved there five years ago after the break-up of his marriage to Marion, with whom he had three sons: Spencer, Stanley and Bertie.

Though the David Frost wannabe is occasionally spied jogging along the Fulham towpath, he currently spends five months of the year recording the American version of the talent-spotting show in Los Angeles, where he stays at the ultra-starry Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Toyah Willcox
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Toyah Willcox
If you fancy living in a one-bedroom flat with one of the French Riviera’s most impressive views then actress/singer Toyah Willcox could be your landlady.

Her high-tech pad in the medieval mountain-top village of Eze is for rent at £1,100 a month via Menton agent A-Plus Properties.

“I started buying property because I was nervous about the stock market and pensions,” says the former pink-tressed princess of punk. “I also have an amazing two-bedroom period apartment overlooking Menton harbour; a Georgian manor-house in Pershore, Worcestershire; two adjoining 19th century fishermen’s cottages in Wyre Piddle and a modern two-storey Chiswick cottage (“my London office”).

John Thomson and Sam Sharp
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John Thomson and Sam Sharp
While filming his new BBC1 circus sitcom, Big Top, opposite Amanda Holden, rumbustious Northern comedy star John Thomson rented a two-bedroom penthouse in a gated Chiswick development.

The two-bedroom Kew Bridge Court property cost £430 a week from Residential Land, central London’s largest private landlord.

The award-winning star of BBC1’s The Fast Show and ITV’s Cold Feet normally lives in West Didsbury, a five-mile commute to Coronation Street’s Castleford studios, where he films his latest role as electrician turned children’s entertainer Jesse Chadwick.

Adopted at eight weeks and raised near Preston, Thomson is married to former model Sam Sharp, mother of his daughter Olivia.

Mark Bristow
Mark Bristow
Having just announced record pre-tax profits of $71.6 million, gold bullion mogul Mark Bristow is going on a spending spree. He is selling his Johannesburg house and building one in Mauritius. He and his wife Noeleen are also looking for a swanky British base around Ascot or Virginia Water where six-bedroom mansions cost up to £10 million.

The burly KwaZulu-born boss of Randgold Resources, with mines in Mali, the Ivory Coast and Senegal, is currently on a 48-day motorbike safari from Cape Town to Cairo on a souped-up BMW 800 GS.

“I love the outdoor life,” he says. “But I’ve taken a sat phone and laptop to stay in touch with the office.”

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