Actress Felicity Kendal nearly lost her partner Michael Rudman to Covid earlier this year. Yet far from exhausting her enthusiasm for battle, she is now taking on another foe.
She is campaigning to prevent a property developer from demolishing part of her iconic neighbourhood, London‘s King’s Road.
Kendal, star of the Seventies sitcom The Good Life, has lived in fashionable Chelsea on-and-off since the Sixties and is protesting against a scheme to demolish a row of red-brick buildings and replace it with a ‘monstrous’ five-storey complex of offices and luxury apartments with terraces.
‘This entire development is over-the-top and all wrong for the area,’ she protests.
‘This part of Chelsea is historic and any development needs to be in keeping with the area’s character.
Actress Felicity Kendal is campaigning to prevent a property developer from demolishing part of her iconic neighbourhood, London’s King’s Road [File photo]
The King’s Road was the birthplace of Mary Quant’s swinging Sixties’ mini-skirt, Dame Vivienne Westwood’s 1970s ‘punk’ shop and the 1980s Sloane Rangers
‘To simply dump a high and over-sized chunk of brick and glass right on the King’s Road would be architectural vandalism and idiocy. The entire idea needs to be scrapped and re-thought.’
The street was the birthplace of Mary Quant’s swinging Sixties’ mini-skirt, Dame Vivienne Westwood’s 1970s ‘punk’ shop and the 1980s Sloane Rangers.
The actress is among hundreds of residents objecting to plans by King’s Road Properties Ltd —owned by Saudi-based HALJ — to destroy a series of shops including a favourite M&S and re-develop it into an Emirate-style block with a central glass tower.
Kendal, star of the Seventies sitcom The Good Life (pictured), has lived in fashionable Chelsea on-and-off since the Sixties and is protesting against a scheme to demolish a row of red-brick buildings and replace it with a ‘monstrous’ five-storey complex of offices and luxury apartments with terraces
More than 800 objections had been lodged to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea when submissions closed on Friday.
The developer tells me: ‘We are keen to ensure that any development helps ensure the future prosperity of the world-renowned King’s Road.
‘Clearly there has been a great deal of interest in the submitted plans and now that the council’s consultation has closed, we will take the opportunity to review all of the comments that have been submitted and determine how to move forward.’
TV’s Carrie is ‘over the moon’ with spaceman fiance…
Life is imitating art for actress Ophelia Lovibond – who is starring as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, in the forthcoming Sky series, This Sceptred Isle – as she now has a wedding of her own to plan
Life is imitating art for actress Ophelia Lovibond, who is starring as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, in the forthcoming Sky series, This Sceptred Isle.
For I can reveal the 35- year-old now has a wedding of her own to plan after getting engaged to actor Henry Pettigrew.
The Scotsman, 38, who plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in The Crown, met Ophelia six years ago when, shortly after her split from actor Tom Hughes, they were onstage lovers in the Lucy Prebble play, The Effect.
‘I’m over the moon,’ gushes Ophelia.
As Tough-Talking Chief Constable Philip Osborne, he turned out not to be Line Of Duty’s ‘H’, but Owen Teale has a confession nonetheless.
When he worked as a cuddly bear at Barry Island Pleasure Park in Wales, Teale headbutted children who picked on him, using his giant mask.
‘It had a fibreglass head on it and kids used to just beat me up. I’d turn around and catch them. Especially if they were very young, it was easy to bring the head down, this huge head on top of mine, and you would smack a kid on the head with it.
‘They would scream and then his mother would say, ‘What are you doing? The bear is just trying to say hello. Look, he is waving and smiling at you . . .’ ‘
Bond Girl Ana licensed to fill (up with cake)
Birthday girl Ana de Armas shared a picture of herself as she was presented with a white gateau adorned with berries
To prepare for her role as a Bond Girl in No Time To Die, Ana de Armas’s training included using knives as lethal weapons.
Thankfully, for her 33rd birthday, she only used them to cut a cake.
The Cuban-born actress, who will play Paloma alongside Daniel Craig in his final outing as 007 this autumn, shared a picture of herself as she was presented with a white gateau adorned with berries.
‘I’m so grateful I got to celebrate with my loved ones,’ she says, thanking friends for the ‘gifts, letters, flowers, cakes, and all the love. Cheers to an incredible year ahead.’
Traumatised by the experience of directing and acting at the same time in new BBC series The Pursuit Of Love, Emily Mortimer vows never to attempt it again.
‘I did not enjoy being in something I was directing. I hated it. I will never do that again,’ says Emily of her directorial debut.
‘I tried to fire Emily Mortimer about four times before we started filming. Anyway, they wouldn’t let me fire myself. I was told it was part of my contract that I was in it.’
Sporty Spice’s answer to an identity crisis
Former Spice Girl Mel C admits she sometimes struggles to prove she’s the mother of her own daughter when travelling because they have different surnames [File photo]
Former Spice Girl Mel C, aka Sporty Spice, admits she sometimes struggles to prove she’s the mother of her own daughter.
‘We’ve got different surnames because I never married her dad,’ explains Melanie Chisholm, whose 12-year-old, Scarlett, took the surname of her father, property developer Thomas Starr.
‘When I get to the airport gate, if I have my little girl with me, you have to show their passport and birth certificate.
‘One time I didn’t have her birth certificate, and I just said, ‘Google me!’ But they’re not very impressed at passport control in Germany when you say: ‘Google me’.’
The hunt is on for two riders to look after the horses that pull the royal ceremonial carriages.
The liveried helpers’ jobs at Buckingham Palace are described as an opportunity ‘to play a part in the ceremonial events themselves’.
The posts come with accommodation but no salary is given on the advert on the royal website. It adds that they must have stable management experience and be a ‘highly capable and confident rider’.