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Swansea-born Dr Who and Torchwood scriptwriter Russell T Davies has moved to Hollywood and actor Dominic Cooper has begun flat-hunting for his first home in Greenwich
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Russell T Davies
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Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies, the award-winning Welsh scriptwriter who put the pizzazz back into Dr Who starring David Tennant and created its two BBC spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, has moved to Hollywood. "I haven’t planned anything," he says. "All my furniture is now there and I’m just going to start writing. It’s a big adventure and a lot of fun."

The Swansea-born, Oxford-educated writer has rented an apartment while he decides whether he likes LA and wants to buy a home there. He already owns a penthouse with stunning views over Cardiff Bay, close to where Dr Who is filmed, and a Manchester penthouse. Davies, a 6ft 6in son of a classics teacher, still touchingly refers to his partner of 10 years, UK customs officer Andrew Smith, as "my lovely boyfriend".

Meanwhile Davies has codenamed his first Hollywood writing project as "MGM" - More Gay Men - vowing to expand on his first major TV success, acclaimed 1990s Channel 4 series Queer As Folk, which was later re-made for American TV.

Christopher Gilmour
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Christopher Gilmour
London’s best-connected restaurateur, Christopher Gilmour, is selling Cricket Court his eight-bedroom Somerset weekend retreat, for £2.25 million through Savills.

The listed mansion, visited by Winston Churchill and General Dwight D Eisenhower while planning the D-Day landings, was built in 1811 on the site of a medieval castle. "But it is now too far from our children’s boarding schools," drawls the lofty son of former Tory minister Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar and grandson of the zillionaire 8th Duke of Buccleuch.

Gilmour, founder of surf-and-turf Covent Garden restaurant Christopher’s, now runs fashionable Gilmour’s off the Fulham Road.

Dominic Cooper
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Dominic Cooper
Dominic Cooper, currently starring as Helen Mirren’s young lover Hippolytus in Phedre at the Royal National Theatre, has begun flat-hunting for his first home. His target area is Greenwich where he was raised and his mother Julie, a nursery teacher, still lives ("I go round to her house and eat all her food," he says).

The dark would-be Hugh Grant will share his new home with his girlfriend, Pennsylvanian-born actress Amanda Seyfried whom he met on the set of the film musical Mamma Mia! two years ago. He previously spent 12 years with Joanna Carolan, the late Harold Pinter‘s PA, but recently he shared a flat with Gavin and Stacey star James Corden, whom he met on the set of The History Boys in 2006.

Serena Balfour
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Serena Balfour
Society beauty Serena Balfour has sold her vast four-bedroom, two-reception-room Regency maisonette in Pimlico through Aldine Honey.

The Grade-II listed white-stucco property overlooks secluded Warwick Square. "Serena achieved a premium price of around £2.5 million because her flat was so large, more than 2,400sq ft," gushes a neighbour. "But with her children grown up she found that she no longer needed all that room."

The Duke of Marlborough’s sassy niece has two children, Consuelo and Alastair, from her marriage to ex-Yorkshire North MEP Neil Balfour, the former husband of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia.

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