EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: How MI5 tried to recruit BBC golden girl Selina Scott as a SPY
Former BBC ‘golden girl’ Selina Scott will shock an audience at the Edinburgh Television Festival by revealing how she was invited to become a spy for MI5.
The Real Marigold Hotel star, 67, is to appear on a platform next Thursday under the headline ‘Legendary Women Of TV Tell All’, but the organisers could not have imagined they were to be given such a scoop.
Selina, who was a newsreader on ITV’s News At Ten before she was poached by the BBC to launch Breakfast Time, will disclose how she was invited by a mysterious third party to discuss a job offer at a discreet location in St James’s near Whitehall while she was a student.
When she arrived, she was shocked to discover she was being interviewed by an agent from the secret services.
Former BBC ‘golden girl’ Selina Scott will shock an audience at the Edinburgh Television Festival by revealing how she was invited to become a spy for MI5 (pictured)
‘I listened, but politely declined the offer,’ Selina tells me. ‘Only years later do I realise how extraordinary it was. The meeting was very civilised: tea and biscuits, that sort of thing. Very British. I think the idea was I would go to work for them after I had graduated. God knows what would have happened to me if I had said yes.’
At the time, she was an undergraduate at the University of East Anglia, reading English and American studies.
Intriguingly, her tutor was the well-connected polyglot Sir Malcolm Bradbury, author of the best-selling novel The History Man, which was turned into a hit television series starring Sir Antony Sher as a lascivious university professor.
Curiously, later in life, James Bond producer Cubby Broccoli invited Selina to his Mayfair office and asked if she would consider the role of Miss Moneypenny. ‘He was very interested in looking at my legs,’ is all she can remember from the meeting.
Would Selina (pictured in the Nineties) have made a good spy? She can certainly keep a secret and has managed to ensure her private life remains very private.
Has Sadie Frost secretly tied the knot for a third time?
Sadie Frost pictured with her multi-millionaire boyfriend Darren Strowger, 52, on holiday in Majorca
That’s certainly the impression the 53-year-old former actress gave fans when she wrote ‘Mr and Mrs and feeling very continental,’ next to this photograph of her with her multi-millionaire boyfriend, Darren Strowger, 52, on holiday in Majorca.
Fans responded to her social media post by congratulating her on her wedding. Sadie’s spokesman refused to say if she and Darren were now married. They have been a couple for four years.
Sadie has three children with The Talented Mr Ripley star Jude Law, 45, and a son with her first husband, the Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, 58.
The smart set’s talking about Princess Margaret’s dashing grandson
Arthur Chatto, 19, who was a page of honour to the Queen, is courting Lizzie Friend, a fellow student at Edinburgh University
Arthur Chatto, who set pulses racing when he attended Prince Harry’s wedding in May, is enjoying a passionate romance of his own.
I hear Lady Sarah Chatto’s son, 19, who was a page of honour to the Queen, is courting Lizzie Friend, right, a fellow student at Edinburgh University.
‘They hit it off straight away,’ says my source. ‘She’s really sweet and they make a very nice couple. He took her to Royal Ascot this summer as his date.’
Scottish universities seem to be providing a useful matchmaking service for royals as Prince William met Kate Middleton at St Andrews. Lizzie, who attended £27,495-a-year King’s School, Canterbury, has already met some of Arthur’s family and gets on well with the Old Etonian’s brother Sam, 22.
Arthur caused a stir last summer when he posted a topless selfie on social media, showing off his muscular torso and biceps while wearing nothing but white Calvin Klein boxers.
He has since accrued a loyal following of female fans, whom he titillates with regular photos of the burly physique he has acquired through regular gym sessions and outdoor sports such as Arctic diving and mountain climbing.
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