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Joyce Kennedy was an actress of modest renown, who died in 1943, aged just 44, entirely unaware that an off-colour remark she had once made to a friend would inspire one of children’s literature’s greatest villains. 

‘He would make a nice fur coat,’ she blithely observed of a Dalmatian puppy called Pongo, unwittingly planting the seed that would grow into the monstrous Cruella de Vil.

Pongo’s smitten (and offended) owner was the playwright Dodie Smith, who more than 20 years later, having never forgotten Joyce’s remark, wrote her first children’s book, One Hundred and One Dalmatians. 

Puppy love: As the new Cruella remake proves dalmatians haven’t had their day Brian Viner looks back at the history of the well-loved children’s novel written by Dodie Smith (pictured) 

In 1961 it became a hit Disney animation, which in 1996 was re-made as a live-action film starring Glenn Close as the scheming, dog-napping Cruella. A sequel followed in 2000.

Now the Dalmatians are yapping again. 

Disney’s new release Cruella features Emma Stone in the title role, co-stars Emma Thompson, and has Close as executive producer. Almost 80 years after her friend Joyce’s throwaway comment, and more than three decades after her own death at the grand old age of 94, the characters Dodie created are still going strong.

Her own favourite of all the plays and books she wrote was her charming debut novel, the 1948 classic I Capture The Castle. 

JK Rowling and Joanna Trollope are among the many writers who have cited it as a direct influence on their own work and another, Lady Antonia Fraser, has described one passage as among ‘the most erotic in all literature’.

One to watch: Cruella is the latest Disney venture inspired by One Hundred and One Dalmatians and stars Emma Stone in the titular role 

Yet it is One Hundred and One Dalmatians that best reflected one of the constants of Dodie’s life, her adoration of animals, as well as her visceral dislike for anyone who so much as hinted at treating them badly. 

Once, in a taxi, the celebrated novelist Graham Greene made the mistake of asking her how he could kill some cats whose howling was disturbing him at night. He was not forgiven.

During Dodie’s genteelly impoverished middle-class childhood in Manchester, her family had a dog called Good Old Rover and a cat named Kit Kennedy, a characterful tabby which, when the young Dodie had her tonsils out, promptly ate them. 

But the most significant pet in her long life was the one given to her in 1934 as a tiny puppy, in a hat box.

Inspirational: Dodie’s actress friend Joyce Kennedy (pictured in 1930) made an off-colour remark that a dalmatian would ‘make a nice fur coat,’ inspiring the monstrous Cruella de Vil

Pongo was a 38th birthday present and a complete surprise, devised jointly by her lover Alec Beesley and her best friend Phyllis Morris (whose Devon family had made its fortune in Ambrosia rice pudding). 

Pongo’s death from lifelong kidney trouble just seven years later caused Dodie more grief than anything had since her teens, when her mother died.

Still, he had at least made his presence felt during his short but singular life, barking furiously at any human-being wearing headgear; the man behind the cold cuts buffet at the swanky London restaurant Le Caprice always had to take off his chef’s hat when Pongo came in. Unlike most dogs, he also got to travel across the United States in the back of a pale grey Rolls-Royce.

In 1939, having sailed from England with their beloved Rolls and even more beloved dog, Dodie and Alec, by now married, were heading for California where her amusing plays had attracted Hollywood’s attention. 

Iconic: Playwright Dodie, who more than 20 years later, having never forgotten Joyce’s remark, wrote her first children’s book, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (pictured with her dog Pongo and husband Alec in the Fifties) 

She was asked to work on the script of Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock’s first American production, but declined because she hadn’t cared for Daphne du Maurier’s novel, and there was no scope for humour.

According to Valerie Grove’s absorbing 1996 biography, Dear Dodie, the couple’s early impressions of America were not especially happy. In New York, where her most successful play Dear Octopus was running on Broadway, Dodie could not find a ‘single satisfactory teapot’. 

Worse still, restaurant menus were disconcertingly literal, offering ‘fresh-killed baby lamb’ and ‘boiled-alive baby lobster’. 

Though not a vegetarian, Dodie was horrified, and noted wryly that at one place ‘they brought the live lobster to the table, as if to give one a chance of making a pet of it first’.

When eventually they turned up in California, they considered it to be terrible dog-walking country. 

Iconic: The Hundred and One Dalmatians was written by Dodie in 1956 and In 1961 it became a hit Disney animation

But they made the best of it and after Pongo’s devastating death, were relieved to find several Dalmatian breeders in Beverly Hills. Dodie and Alec duly acquired two more puppies, one male, one female, naming them Buzz and Folly. 

They were an exuberant pair, to say the least. ‘I’d like to take them down to the shore but I’m afraid they might damage the sea,’ Dodie wrote.

In 1943 she decided they should mate. Folly produced 15 pups, of which the 13th appeared stillborn until Alec tenderly massaged it back to life, an episode beautifully captured in both the book and the film of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. 

A period of domestic tumult followed, as the dogs wrought destruction on their house (which was rented from the movie star Loretta Young). 

With a foster mother brought in because Folly couldn’t produce enough milk, Dodie and Alec were outnumbered 18 to two. Eventually, new homes were found for all the pups but one, which they called Dandy.

Dodie and Alec were living in England again by the time Buzz died, aged 14. 

The happy memories of Pongo notwithstanding, Buzz was, as Dear Dodie records, ‘Dodie’s dog of dogs, the dog of her lifetime’. Without him she was ‘demented’ with misery. 

But at least she could draw some comfort from the success of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, a wonderful story for children written by a woman who never wanted children of her own. 

It was published to great acclaim in November 1956. A few months later, the Walt Disney studio paid $25,000 for the film rights, which helped Alec settle a huge US tax bill. 

He dealt with all the bills, entering the amount due in tax after Dodie signed the cheques because, he said, she couldn’t ‘stand the sight of her own blood’.

Wow: After the animated film it was re-made as a live-action film in 1996 starring Glenn Close as the scheming, dog-napping Cruella. A sequel followed in 2000

The film took three years and $4 million to make. Walt Disney himself was so enamoured of the project that he visited Dodie and Alec in England, at their home in the pretty Essex village of Finchingfield. 

They both liked Disney (and his money) so much that years later they named yet another Dalmatian after him – although Dodie was not averse to teasing him, saying ‘Yours’ every time a plane from the nearby US air base roared overhead.

When the film was finally completed, Dodie attended a preview at which a perfectly-mannered Dalmatian sat in the front row, never taking its eyes off the screen. Human audiences were similarly entranced. One Hundred and One Dalmatians was an instant and enduring hit.

Dodie’s own last Dalmatian, not her 101st but her seventh, was a rambunctious character called Charley. In her frail old age, according to her biographer, Charley ‘took care of her like JM Barrie’s Nana’. 

She in turn bequeathed £2,000 expressly for his care and protection, but he died just three weeks after her, ‘having bitten the postman as a final angry gesture’.

One imagines that the postman already approached the Finchingfield house somewhat tentatively, for Dodie’s passion for animals didn’t stop at dogs. 

She had two donkeys called Sugar and Spice, and kept 35 pigeons, some of them in the dining-room. When rats started turning up to eat the bird food, she fed them too. 

They multiplied until, as Valerie Grove describes, the lawn was ‘alive’ with rats of all types, car after car turning up outside the house for people to gawp, ‘on a sort of rat safari’. 

Eventually, to appease the neighbours, Dodie very reluctantly agreed to have them poisoned. But indoors she was still surrounded by hordes of mice, which she cheerfully fed with biscuits and allowed to run over her face at night. Her favourite was one she called Teapot Tail.

If Dodie’s eccentric interractions with animals had been all there was to her life, it would still be a story worth telling. 

Yet there was so much more, starting of course with her hugely entertaining plays and books, but also encompassing her friendships, her sex life, and some decidedly unpredictable enthusiasms, such as The Beatles.

Animal lover: One Hundred and One Dalmatians reflected one of the constants of Dodie’s life, her adoration of animals, as well as her dislike for anyone who hinted at treating them badly

There can’t have been many women born in 1896 who were ‘bowled over flat’ by the sound of the Fab Four, indeed she refused to be a guest on Desert Island Discs because the BBC wouldn’t play A Day in the Life, judged to contain unacceptable references to LSD. Eventually she did go on, in 1974, aged 78, and instead chose Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite.

Her fascinating life is chronicled not just in Dear Dodie but in masses of correspondence (she was an obsessive letter-writer) and no fewer than four volumes of autobiography. 

In the first of them, Look Back with Love, she records that the first motor-car she ever saw was in Blackpool, an electric brougham belonging to the famed Edwardian beauty Lillie Langtry: ‘Crowds surged around it and an enormous commissionaire with a sepulchral voice kept mumbling ‘Mind your toes’.’

Dodie was no beauty herself. She was never more than 5ft tall, had a squeaky voice and was at best described as plain. But she was witty, charismatic and stylish, and men fell for her. 

Pooch perfect: Almost 80 years after her friend Joyce’s throwaway comment, and more than three decades after her own death at the grand old age of 94, the characters Dodie created are still going strong

Among them was her boss at the fashionable London department store Heal’s, where she worked in the 1920s to supplement her meagre earnings as an actress. 

Ambrose Heal was married, much older than her, and already had a long-standing mistress, but, aged 30, Dodie decided that he needed to be ‘collected’, and plotted her seduction like a battle plan. Their affair lasted years.

It was also at Heal’s that she met Alec, who was seven years younger than her and so handsome that when they arrived in Hollywood he was encouraged to take a screen test. Yet he remained devoted to Dodie until he died in 1987 (she was furious with him for going first).

She inspired similar devotion among her many friends, not least because of her loyalty to them. For instance, she was close to John Gielgud, and stuck steadfastly by him when in 1953 the great actor was arrested for ‘importuning male persons for immoral purposes’. 

While many others dropped him like a brick, Dodie wrote immediately, saying ‘We think the world of you and always shall’.

An even greater friend was another gay man, the writer Christopher Isherwood, who only got royalties from the musical Cabaret – adapted from his semi-autobiographical 1939 novel Goodbye To Berlin – because Dodie intervened to ensure that he did. 

‘I send you a vibration of gratitude,’ he once wrote to her, ‘every time I collect my weekly cheque.’

As her own lovely writing again inspires a major film, plenty of us owe Dodie Smith a vibration or two of gratitude, including, if not above all, the organisation that in November 1990 sent a wreath to her funeral.

For all she had done to popularise the breed, it was from the British Dalmatian Society, with love.

Cruella is in cinemas on Friday.

One to watch: Disney’s new release Cruella features Emma Stone in the title role, co-stars Emma Thompson, and has Close as executive producer

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Kate Hudson stretches with daughter Rani, two, to inspire her to exercise as Goldie did with her

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Kate Hudson is often seen in her home gym with her mini-me daughter Rani Rose, aged two.

And on Tuesday the Fabletics co-founder, 42, explained why she includes her youngest child in her workout routine. 

The Almost Famous actress shared that she wants her little girl to naturally take to exercising as her mother Goldie Hawn and her stepfather Kurt Russell did for her when she was growing up: ‘It’s how I was raised. It’s engrained in my brain that honoring and working our body is a gift.’

Leading by example: Kate Hudson is often seen in her home gym with her mini-me daughter Rani Rose, aged two. And on Tuesday the Fabletics co-founder, 42, explained why she includes her youngest child in her workout routine

The Oscar nominee was seen in two images with her child to drive her point home.

The note began: ‘Those who recover together… maybe you can finish the sentence.’

Then she mentioned her movie star parents: ‘I grew up witnessing my parents take care of their bodies,’ added the Bride Wars standout.

‘People always ask me how I get motivated to stay in shape. The answer is, it’s what I know. It’s how I was raised. It’s engrained in my brain that honoring and working our body is a gift and so I don’t take it for granted.’

Fun with weights: The Oscar nominee was seen in two images with her child to drive her point home. The note began: ‘Those who recover together… maybe you can finish the sentence.’ Then she mentioned her movie star parents: ‘I grew up witnessing my parents take care of their bodies,’ added the Bride Wars standout

Good point: ‘People always ask me how I get motivated to stay in shape. The answer is, it’s what I know. It’s how I was raised. It’s engrained in my brain that honoring and working our body is a gift and so I don’t take it for granted,’ said the movie icon

And it just makes her feel good, she added: ‘I loooove moving. I love when it’s challenging. I love being in charge of my results.’

Having Rani with her makes it even more of a joy.

‘And I looooove seeing my daughter have fun doing it with me. They watch everything we do! Gotta make some good moves for kids,’ she also noted.

Good for the next generation: Having Rani with her makes it even more of a joy. ‘And I looooove seeing my daughter have fun doing it with me. They watch everything we do! Gotta make some good moves for kids,’ she also noted

Working together: Rani’s manicured hands are also seen on her mother’s belly

Kate was seen in a neon green bra top with matching drawstring leggings as she lay on a floor in her home gym with her flaxen hair tucked back.

Her body looked to be in sensational shape with abs and a trim waistline as well as sculpted arms. 

Next to her was her child in a red and white striped outfit that looked to be pajamas.

Both were using weights on their legs as they stretched their hamstring muscles.

In May Kate was seen going through her designer duds with Rani by her side: ‘Closet clean out with my girl…Who else is ready for a Spring clean?’

Her famous folks: Kate with mother Goldie Hawn and stepfather Kurt Russell in 2014

And that same month Kate and Rani were both seen in their swimsuits while by a creek.

Hudson shares her youngest daughter with her partner, Danny Fujikawa, to whom she has been romantically connected ever since 2016.

Prior to beginning a relationship with the musician, she was married to The Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, as they tied the knot in 2000. The two welcomed a son named Ryder Russell in January of 2004 before they separated, with their divorce being finalized in 2007.

Doting mom: Hudson and Rani were seen spending quality time in a crowded closet in a shot shared to her Instagram account in May

Proud parent: Hudson welcomed her youngest child in 2018 and she is often featured in her various social media posts

Three years after splitting from her ex-husband, Hudson began dating Muse singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy in 2010.

The pair went on to announce their engagement and welcomed their son, Bingham Hawn, in 2011.

The actress and the musician ended up calling off their engagement and splitting in 2014, although they remain on good terms and co-parent their child.

Hudson first began dating her now-partner in 2016, although they had been introduced years earlier by his stepsisters, Erin and Sara Foster.

The two went on to announce the birth of Rani in October of 2018.

Happy couple: The actress shares her daughter with her partner, Danny Fujikawa, whom she began dating in 2016; they are seen in 2019

The actress spoke about adding a daughter to her family during an interview with AOL, and she noted that she has had to account for the fact that she is not raising a son for the third time. 

‘It doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference…I did pretty good with the boys. But with her it’s a whole other ball game,’ she said.

Hudson then spoke about how her own upbringing has changed her approach towards both parenting and navigating through life’s challenges. 

She recalled, ‘growing up as a girl with all boys, you end up with a thick skin. You really do. People say, “Oh, your brothers must’ve really protected you.” And I’m like, “They threw me right into the fire!”‘ 

Big family: Hudson also shares two sons, who were welcomed with her ex-husband, Chris Robinson, and her former partner, Matt Bellamy

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Lily James and Sebastian Stan recreate Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee shock wedding

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Lily James and Sebastian Stan have been pictured recreating the shocking moment when Pamela Anderson married Mötley Crüe rocker Tommy Lee after having known each other for just 96 hours. 

The actors were seen filming outside a church in Los Angeles over the weekend for their hotly-anticipated TV miniseries Pam & Tommy, which details the wild antics of former hell-raisers Anderson, 53, and Lee, 58.  

However, Lily, 32, and Sebastian, 38, appeared to be dramatizing a different scenario surrounding the controversial marriage for the Hulu drama, as in real life the infamous celebrity couple got married in Mexico

The Baywatch icon and the drummer famously tied the knot on Feb. 19, 1995, on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, in front of just eight guests after a four-day courtship period.   

Pam and Tommy get married! Busty Lily James and Sebastian Stan recreate shock moment the Baywatch star tied knot with Motley Crue rocker… after knowing each other for just 96 hours (pictured in at a Los Angeles church over the weekend)

Recreating looks: Lily, 32, and Sebastian, 38, appeared to be dressed similar to how the iconic celebrity couple looked during the same year they got married (Pamela and Tommy picture right in 1995 in Las Vegas) 

The union not only shocked the world, but also friends and family, including Anderson’s own mother Carol who told People Magazine at the time that it was ‘heartbreaking and shocking’ for her.  

While many predicted that the whirlwind romance wouldn’t last longer than a few days, Anderson and Lee went on to have a three-year marriage, having two children together, and controversially, a leaked sex tape that was filmed during their honeymoon. 

The former couple share two sons, Brandon Thomas Lee, 25, and Dylan Jagger Lee, 23. 

Downton Abbey star Lily once again wowed with her dramatic transformation for playing the star, dressed in a red PVC ensemble that Pamela was seen wearing around the time of the marriage.

Doing it their way: Lily and Sebastian appeared to be dramatizing a different scenario surrounding the controversial marriage for the Hulu drama, as in real life the infamous celebrity couple got married in Mexico

Over the threshold! Downton Abbey star Lily once again wowed with her dramatic transformation for playing the star, dressed in a red PVC ensemble that she was seen wearing around the time of the marriage

Transformation: Lily James has wowed fans with impressive looks for the upcoming series 

Meanwhile Romanian-American actor Sebastian bared his chest in an open black shirt, which showed off the same tattoos that the Mötley Crüe star is known for. 

At one point, Sebastian was seen picking up an overjoyed Lily as the pair looked to be filming scenes where the couple had just got hitched in outfits that were decidedly not marriage material. 

For the real wedding, Pammy wore a white bikini while Tommy went casual in Bermuda shorts, with no shirt or shoes.

Just married! Actors Lily James and Sebastian Stan film scenes for the new Hulu show which has already hit headlines

In real life: The Baywatch icon and the Mötley Crüe drummer famously tied the knot on Feb. 19, 1995, on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, in front of just eight guests after a four-day courtship period

And the bride wore… a bikini! The infamous couple hit headlines when they married in beach wear after just a four-day courtship 

‘The bride wore a very tiny – an extremely tiny – white bikini,’ Judge Pedro Solis told reporters at the time in 1995.

While there has been notable excitement surrounding the project, Pamela herself is said to be unhappy about the unauthorized re-telling of her romance. 

Last month, insiders claimed to The Sun that the star has branded the series as ‘a joke and cheap knock-off’. 

An insider said Pamela deems the ‘God awful’ programme as ‘a joke’ and has never heard of Lily or Sebastian, who have already been praised for their transformation – although seemingly without Pamela’s seal of approval. 

Wild wedding! Lily looked overjoyed as she was carried into a church by her co-star Sebastian Stan 

The Baywatch icon and the Mötley Crüe drummer famously tied the knot on Feb. 19, 1995, on a beach in Cancun, Mexico, in front of just eight guests after a four-day courtship period 

Off without a hitch? Hulu show Pam & Tommy will detail the couple’s whirlwind romance 

Here they go! Sebastian is seen picking up Lily as they film scenes for Pammy & Tommy in Los Angeles

Swept off her feet: The union not only shocked the world, but also friends and family, including Anderson’s own mother Carol who told People Magazine at the time that it was ‘heartbreaking and shocking’ for her

And they said it wouldn’t last: Anderson and Lee went on to have a three-year marriage and two children together

Controversy: While there has been notable excitement surrounding the project, Pamela herself is said to be unhappy about the unauthorized re-telling of her romance

Uncanny: Lily is the spitting image of Pamela Anderson in the latest snaps of them filming new Hulu drama Pammy & Tommy

The source claimed: ‘One of the iconic star’s friends told The Sun: ‘Pamela has no intention of watching this God awful show, absolutely not. Never…’

‘She’s never heard of the actors playing her or Tommy, and doesn’t care to know them. She and her family think the show is a cheap knock-off.’ The insider then added: ‘The whole thing is a joke to them.’ 

Also trashing show recently, was Pamela’s friend Courtney Love who issued a fiery takedown of the show last year.

The Hole singer stood up for her friend in a lengthy post shared to her Facebook account last month, where she recounted the aftermath of the tape’s release and slammed actress Lily James, who is playing Pamela, as ‘whoever the f**k she is.’

Wrap it up: Lily looked sensational in a very tight-fitting PVC outfit the day of filming in LA

Heels and all: The costume department’s attention to detail reveals the great lengths the production has gone to in recreating classic looks of Pamela Anderson 

Getting ready for the role: Lily was seen being helped by a cast member as she covered up between filming scenes

In her impassioned message, Love, 56, wrote: ‘I find this so f**king outrageous . When Pam / tommy sex tape was out / myself @pattyschemel @xmadmx were making a record. And the lone women in many recording studios in la….’

‘Where all / ALL! The staff engineers / producers / owners / were watching the sex tape with huge schadenfraude . . Guffaws , It was disgusting . I banned anyone discussing it. It destroyed my friend Pamelas life . Utterly.’

Courtney even shot down a request made by the mini-series, which is currently filming, over usage of a Rolling Stone cover she once appeared on.

‘Last week I was asked to approve using a rolling stone cover of mine / shot by mark seliger in this piece of s**t . That they had approved . I said “f**k no .” shocked . Gentleman don’t approve this sort of thing . My heart goes out to Pammy…’

‘(heart emojis). further causing her complex trauma . And shame on lily James whoever the f**k she is . #vile.’

The film also stars Seth Rogen as the man who steals their sex tape and sells it to a porn company. 

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Paul Mescal’s father reveals his family are ‘absolutely delighted’ by BAFTA win for Normal People

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Paul Mescal’s father has said his family were ‘absolutely delighted’ by his BAFTA win.    

The actor, 25, took home the award for Best Actor for his role as Connell in Normal People at the star-studded ceremony on Sunday.

Speaking on the Marty Morrissey Show on RTÉ Radio 1, Paul Mescal Sr said the family were all ’emotional’ as they watched Paul take to the stage.

Proud: Paul Mescal’s father has said his family were ‘absolutely delighted’ by his BAFTA win

He said: ‘We were all quite emotional. It was a great event.’

‘That was quite an achievement alright and it’s a great buzz for us here as well.’

Paul Sr said his son made sure to call his family in Ireland following his win.

He said: ‘When he rang us, we heard it on the night, and it was the first we heard of it. We couldn’t really say that much to him because he was gone again in a heartbeat. 

Family: Paul posed with his BAFTA award alongside his brother Donnacha and sister Nell (pictured) in a heartwarming snap she shared to Instagram

‘We are hoping to get a proper chat with him at some stage today.’

The Mescal clan watched the BAFTAs at Paul’s aunts house where they had a family barbeque.

Paul posed with his BAFTA award alongside his brother Donnacha and sister Nell in a heartwarming snap she shared to Instagram.  

Nell recently moved to London and met her brother after the ceremony, captioning the photo: ‘Epic’.  

Sweet: Paul won the Best Actor gong for his performance as Connell in Normal People at Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards and dedicated his win to co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones

Emotional: Daisy, 23, was watching the ceremony live from a New Orleans hotel room and became emotional during his speech, wiping away tears

The actor was stunned as he took to the stage to collect his award, telling the small audience: ‘I want to dedicate this to Daisy.’

23-year-old Daisy Edgar-Jones – who starred as Marianne in the steamy series and was watching the ceremony live from a New Orleans hotel room – became emotional during his speech and wiped away tears.

Taking to the stage in a smart black suit, Paul said in full: ‘I fully was not expecting to be here so I have no clue what I’m going to say. I want to thank everyone at Hulu and the BBC. 

‘I want to thank everyone at Element. I want to thank Lenny and Hetty. Lenny, thank you for trusting me with this. Lara Beach, you’re the best agent out there. I want to thank the cast.

Speech: Taking to the stage in a smart black suit, Paul said: ‘I fully was not expecting to be here so I have no clue what I’m going to say. I want to thank everyone at Hulu and the BBC’

‘I want to dedicate this to Daisy, who is the best scene partner and one of the best people I know. 

‘I’m probably forgetting people and I’m incredibly nervous, so erm… my mum and dad at home, I love you.’

He concluded: ‘So thank you, I don’t know what else to say.’

The actors have won acclaim all over the world for their portrayal of friends-turned-lovers Marianne and Connell in the drama – picking up nominations at the Critics’ Choice, Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.

Worldwide success: The actors have won acclaim all over the world for their portrayal of friends-turned-lovers Marianne and Connell in the drama

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