Kate Middleton’s childhood crush Andrew Alexander makes Downton Abbey debut as party-loving Sir John Bullock
The public school educated actor was the Duchess of Cambridge’s childhood crush when they both attended St Andrew’s in Berkshire, according to The Sun newspaper. The 31-year-old is appearing as Sir John Bullock in the popular ITV drama alongside Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville. Debut: Andrew Alexander starring as Sir John Bullock in the third episode of the series It is believed that Andrew was Kate’s first schoolgirl crush more than 20 years ago, when the pair appeared in a number of productions together. The handsome star, whose full name is Andrew James Joseph Alexander de Perlaky, appeared in the third episode of the fourth series of the show, which saw a number of new characters join the cast. Teatro: Andrew (second from left) with Stephen Rahman-Hughes, Jeremiah James and Simon Bailey Drama: Andrew chats to Tom Cullen, who also had his debut in the episode Sir John, played by Andrew, is set to spice things up after being described as a party-loving cad who likes a drink. Andrew has previously appeared in The 39 Steps in the West End and is set to star in The Monuments Men on the big screen alongside George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. He tweeted last night to say: ‘Delighted to be making my debut in @DowntonAbbey tonight. Had a wonderful time filming with such a friendly + talented cast & crew. #SirJohn’. Fancy dress: Andrew posted a photo of himself wearing a brown trilby on his Twitter page The episode caused controversy after viewers witnessed ladies maid Anna Bates, raped by former EastEnders actor Nigel Harman as violent valet, Mr Green. Fans of the period drama reacted angrily on the internet over the channel’s decision to broadcast the scene. A message was played before the show aired, warning that the episode contained violent scenes that some viewers may find upsetting.
Kate Middleton To Attend SportsAid Worshop For Olympic Hopefuls
Clarence House has announced, via Twitter, that the Duchess of Cambridge will attend her first official workshop for SportsAid on October 18. Kate spent a lot of quiet time with her family immediately after the birth of little George, running off to her parents home in Bucklebury, where she and husband Prince William enjoyed getting to know their new child. Afterwards, the family moved to Anglesey, Wales were they spent some time finalizing their departure after William finished his duties with the Royal Air Force. Now they are back in town and the events are lining up for the very busy and popular couple. Kate Middleton hired William and brother Harrys old nanny, 71-year-old Jessie Webb to care for George while they take care of their public duties. However, they intend to give their son as normal an upbringing as possible. The Duchess will be attending her first SportsAid event after becoming their patron in April, according to Kensington Palace. On Friday 18th October The Duchess of Cambridge will attend a @TeamSportsAid Athlete Workshop at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) October 4, 2013 The 31-year-old new mom will be spending some time watching children play several sports such as wheelchair basketball, volleyball, badminton, fencing, and others. Joining Kate in the event will be Olympians and Paralympians Katherine Grainger, Ade Adepitan, and Karen Pickering who will be giving advise to the kids. SportsAids provides help for athletes for things such as training, equipment, competition fees, and travel costs. E! News reports that at the London Olympic Games in 2012, two-thirds of the British Olympic and Paralympic team had received aid from the organization.
by Bruna Nessif Tue., Oct. 1, 2013 2:50 PM PDT Loading… Prince William and Kate Middleton are pimping their ride country home. As the royal parents prepare to move into their Apartment 1A digs at Kensington Palace (which also has had some work done) sometime very soon, their other country home at Anmer Hall has begun some major renovations to make it fit for a king (queen and future king). Like what, you ask? Oh, you know, the usuala large conservatory here, a new driveway there… OK, OK, here are the deets (or at least, the only details that were offered up about the plans): NEWS: Prince George’s christening gets a date! Twitter According to Express UK , a Clarence House spokeswoman refused to discuss the plans for Anmer Hall, saying, “It is a private matter. We won’t be making any comment on it at all,” but there are a few construction plans that are out in the open. Will & Kate have applied for planning consent via royal aides, in order to build a glass-roofed extension on the kitchen at Anmer Hall. The proposed conservatory is an adaptation of a planned 16 foot by 16 foot garden room, which has already been approved by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council. Original plans for the extension illustrated that it would have panoramic views from it’s windows on all three sides with a tiled roof; however the new application for the Georgian mansion on the Sandringham estate asks for a glazed roof instead of tiles so more sunlight can come through. PHOTOS: Take a look inside Will & Kate’s Anglesey home The new plans have been drawn up by architect Charles Morris, who was behind the renovations for Prince Charles ‘ Highgrove House, and the amended application also includes plans to install a generator so security equipment still functions in the event of a power cut.