Boris Johnson has said he is ready to “drop a legislative bomb” to stop six English football clubs joining a breakaway European “super league”. It is understood the prime minister told football officials at a Downing Street briefing that the European Super League (ESL) proposals were “anti-competitive” and that he was ready to change the law to stop it.Johnson and culture secretary Oliver Dowden met representatives from the Football Association, the Premier League and football fan groups to discuss action against the breakaway.According to reports, the PM at one point told the meeting: “We should drop a legislative bomb to stop it – and we should do it now.”Following the meeting, Downing Street said in a statement that the PM “confirmed the government will not stand by while a small handful of owners create a closed shop”.“He was clear that no action is off the table and the government is exploring every possibility, including legislative options, to ensure these proposals are stopped,” it said.Downing Street also said Johnson would welcome any of the six clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs – stepping back from the highly controversial plan, amid reports that two clubs are wavering.The PM’s official spokesperson told reporters: “I think we’re fairly unequivocal that we don’t want this to go ahead in the current form, so we would welcome any club that wants to step back from this approach but I think, as far as I’m aware, that’s speculation at this stage.”The spokesperson suggested the government was “keen” to speak to ministers in Spain and Italy, which also have clubs trying to join the ESL.And they said stopping players involved in the breakaway clubs getting work visas or withdrawing police funding for match days were among the “options on the table” for the government.The Competition and Markets Authority is considering whether to open an investigation into whether the ESL could break competition law.The government has also triggered a fan-led review of football and is considering imposing a windfall tax on the breakaway clubs.The decision of 12 European heavyweight teams to create a “closed shop” competition without promotion, relegation or open qualification has been met with a fierce backlash from fans, players, politicians and the football authorities. Critics believe it would fundamentally distort competition in Europe for the benefit of the richest few clubs.Aleksander Ceferin, president of European football governing body Uefa, has urged the breakaway clubs to “come to their senses”.“Gentlemen, you made a huge mistake,” he told the Uefa congress in Montreux, Switzerland.“What matters is that there is still time to change your mind. Everyone makes mistakes. “Come to your senses, not out of love for football, because I imagine some of you don’t have much of that, but out of respect for those who bleed themselves dry so that they can go to the stadium to support the team and want the dream to be kept alive.”Fifa president Gianni Infantino meanwhile hinted that players involved could be banned from the body’s competitions, including the World Cup.“If some elect to go their own way then they must live with the consequences of their choice. They are responsible for their choice,” he told the congress.“Concretely, this means either you’re in or you’re out. You cannot be half in or half out.”Among the other sanctions under consideration by the authorities is expelling the clubs involved from the European Champions League, which the ESL is designed to effectively supplant, or their domestic leagues.The other 14 English Premier League sides are meeting to discuss a way forward following the weekend’s developments.Related...Why Boris Johnson Could Score An Own Goal In The European Super League'The Worst Greed I’ve Seen In Sport': 'Heartbroken' James Corden Condemns Super League PlansFans Protest European Super League Outside Grounds
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The nominees have been announced, the first couple of performers are confirmed and we even have a host – the Brit Awards are officially on their way.Of course, this year’s Brits will probably not be like any ceremony we’ve seen before, with the ongoing pandemic meaning producers will have to think outside of the box to make the show happen.Still, given that chaos and unplanned drama are often part and parcel when it comes to the Brits, we’re sure this will only add to the fun.Here’s what we know so far about the 2021 Brit Awards...When are the Brit Awards 2021? Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, most awards shows bumped their usual ceremonies back a few weeks. The Brits went one step further this year, shifting their regular February ceremony to Tuesday 11 May.The Brits’ chief executive Geoff Taylor previously said of the decision: “We want to make sure that The Brits delivers the outstanding production levels, superstar performances and live excitement that make it the biggest night in music.“We believe that the best way to achieve this in 2021 is to move the show back a few months to May, and we are already at work planning a spectacular event that will remind us how important music has been in getting us all through these difficult times.”As ever, the Brits will air live on ITV from the O2 Arena in London.Who is hosting the Brit Awards this year? Stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall will be back on presenting duties for the fourth year in a row, tying him with James Corden for the most number of consecutive years hosting the Brits.James has still presented the most times, though, four times on his own and once with former comedy partner Mat Horne and Kylie Minogue.Chris Evans has also hosted four times, in 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2006.Jack said of his upcoming hosting stint: “I must be doing something right to be invited back to host the Brits!“After the events of the past year, I think we can all do with a big night of music and entertainment, and I’m excited to be part of the show.” Which stars are performing during the ceremony?So far, only two performers have been confirmed for this year’s Brits.As the recipient of the Rising Star title, singer-songwriter Griff will be taking to the stage during the show, while Dua Lipa will also be performing, rounding off an incredible year after the release of her chart-topping Future Nostalgia album.Griff joked in March: “Guys, pray for me! I’m going to be in a room full of the biggest and best artists in the world, singing my little heart out. I can’t wait!”Who has been nominated at the 2021 Brit Awards? Excitingly, there are no real frontrunners at this year’s Brits, with AJ Tracey, Arlo Parks, Celeste, Dua Lipa, Joel Corry and Young T & Bugsey all leading on three nominations.This year also marks the first time that four of the five acts in the running for Album Of The Year are women, with Arlo Parks, Celeste, Dua Lipa and Jessie Ware nominated alongside J Hus for the top prize of the night.Other acts nominated include Little Mix, Harry Styles, Headie One, Taylor Swift and Cardi B.Check out the full list of nominations here. Who has designed the awards statue this year?Es Devlin and Yinka Ilori have designed the award, which is yet to be revealed. The duo are also serving as creative directors for the Brits this year, and are responsible for the new logo and look of the awards show in 2021. And finally, how is the Brit Awards live show actually going to work in 2021?Well, that much we’re a bit less unsure about.Organisers said in a statement earlier this year: “However the world is looking come May, our ambition is not for a ‘normal’ Brits but a show which truly reflects the spirit of the past year.”The Brits have also said they want “outstanding production levels, superstar performances and live excitement”.It’s not yet clear whether the show will be able to have its usual audience, but culture secretary Oliver Dowden said in March he was considering including the Brits in a programme of test events ahead of plans to lift Covid restrictions in June.“These test events will be crucial in finding ways to get fans and audiences back in safely without social distancing,” Dowden said.“We will be guided by the science and medical experts, but will work flat out to make that happen. We want to get the people back to enjoying what they love and ensure some of our most important growth industries get back on their feet. These are important steps towards the safe and special summer we all crave and that I’m fully focused on delivering.”A Brits rep said: “We are exploring options with government to see whether this year’s Brit Awards could be one of their planned pilot events. “We’d love to see this to happen, but need to understand more fully how running a pilot would fit with the complex production requirements of the Brits.”Further details about whether all of the A-list performances will be taking place live at The O2 – or whether some will be either pre-recorded or beamed live from other locations – are yet to be confirmed.READ MORE:Dua Lipa, Celeste And AJ Tracey Lead This Year's Top Brits NomineesAll The Biggest Snubs And Surprises From This Year's Brit Awards Nominations26 Memorable Moments That Defined The Brit Awards
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Sir Paul McCartney’s viral 2018 Carpool Karaoke appearance came this close to being cancelled by the artist,  James Corden revealed this week.The legendary Beatle repeatedly “got cold feet” over the project, which was filmed in his native city of Liverpool, England, the Late, Late Show host recalled. Speaking at PaleyFest LA 2021, James said he sent a heartfelt email to Macca, pleading the case for the singer-songwriter’s participation.The show had already scouted locations, he told Sir Paul, and cancelling at the eleventh hour would cause a big financial hit. He promised the segment would turn out “great”.Sir Paul apparently wobbled multiple times, and even considered pulling the plug on the morning of the shoot, according to James. Fortunately, the star finally agreed to get back on board when he was told to enjoy himself.The Carpool Karaoke segment itself saw the pair driving around Liverpool, with Sir Paul visiting someone of his old haunts and singing Penny Lane on, well, Penny Lane, obviously.James also got misty-eyed when they performed Let It Be together.After it aired, Sir Paul secured his first chart-topping album as a soloist in the United States and, according to James, texted him to say: “We did it. Thank you for convincing me to do it. I had a blast.”Check out Corden’s comments here:And see the “Carpool Karaoke” segment here:A version of this story previously appeared on the US edition of HuffPost.READ MORE:James Corden Offers The Weeknd A (Very Unwanted) Helping Hand In New Super Bowl SketchOne Day More: James Corden Says Goodbye To Trump With Stirring Les Misérables SpoofJames Corden Admits Homesickness Could Lead To Him Ending US Presenting Career
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The Crown has featured some huge British stars over the course of it’s four series, but there’s one TV legend who we shouldn’t expect to see on there any time soon. Joanna Lumley has hit out at the hit Netflix series, branding it “ghastly”. The Absolutely Fabulous star admitted she does not agree with the way it dramatises the royal family, insisting many people do not know the difference between what is real and what is fictional. Joanna made the comments on Chopper’s Politics podcast for The Telegraph, beginning by admitting she has not been following recent developments with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. She said: “I find that all ghastly. I don’t watch The Crown, I find it all ghastly.“Lots of people love it and lots of people know it’s mostly made up, but lots of people don’t know it’s made up which is awful.”Joanna continued: “I put myself in the shoes of the people, in this case, the royal family where people imagine how you speak to your husband.“If you imagined how Stevie and I talk to each other and tried to write it down it makes me feel faint with laughter.“Well some people say ‘Oh everybody knows it’s made up’ – they don’t, they think its the truth. I couldn’t watch it because I feel if you don’t agree with something don’t watch it and go ‘oooh I hate that.’ Just don’t watch it.”Asked if she would ever appear in it, Joanna said: “No. No, I didn’t watch it or see it or do it.”Joanna’s comments follow a recent debate about whether Netflix should carry a disclaimer before each episode of The Crown stating that it is a work of fiction despite being based on history. Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer has criticised the show’s artistic licence, while culture secretary Oliver Dowden is among those who think Netflix should be made to add a disclaimer – an idea stars Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor have spoken out against previously.  Prince Harry recently said he is “way more comfortable” with The Crown than some of the stories that are written about him and Meghan in the media. “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional,” Harry said of the show. “But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, of course not, but loosely it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”The Crown is streaming on Netflix now, while Chopper’s Politics is available on podcasting platforms. READ MORE:The Crown Star Josh O'Connor 'Delighted' After Prince Harry Speaks Out About The ShowOlivia Colman's Reaction To Emma Corrin's Golden Globes Win Was Adorable And So Olivia ColmanPrince Harry Reveals Exactly What He Thinks Of The Crown
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s forthcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey looks set to be totally revelatory based on clips we’ve seen so far – but it’s not the first time members of the royal family have lifted the lid on the goings on at Buckingham Palace.Throughout the decades, senior royals like the Prince Of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh and even the Queen herself have gone in front of the camera and shown a more human side of the royal family.And of course, there’ve been a fair few infamous interview moments too, not least Prince Andrew’s unbelievable sit-down with Emily Maitlis back in 2019.Here’s our timeline spanning 60 years of the royals’ most memorable interview moments, starting with the very first one...1961 – Prince Philip on PanoramaThe Duke Of Edinburgh’s appearance on Panorama in the early 1960s was groundbreaking not because it was especially controversial, but because it marked the first time a member of the royal family had agreed to do a sit-down television interview.Prince Philip spoke with broadcaster Richard Dimbleby about the Commonwealth Technical Training Week, an initiative of which he was a patron. 1969 – Royal FamilyIt was the idea of press secretary William Heseltine to give a filmmaker unprecedented access to record the royals going about their business, in a bid to make them appear more relevant at the end of the 1960s, a decade in which many had begun to consider them out of touch.The end result was Royal Family, which charted a year in Queen Elizabeth’s life with her family. As well as the usual regal affairs you might expect, the doc showed off a more human side to the Windsors, including scenes showing Prince Philip grilling sausages at a family barbecue and the Queen treating her youngest son to an ice cream.Whether the Royal Family succeeded in its mission is still up for debate. BBC Two’s then-controller David Attenborough (yes, that one) felt removing “mystique” around the royals was a potentially dangerous idea, while some critics praised the 90-minute special for showing us more of the royals’ personalities.It seems the Queen herself was not a fan, though, as she reportedly had the documentary banned, and it’s not been shown on television since 1977 (although it did briefly leak online in 2021, before being taken down due to a copyright complaint). 1994 – Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role Two years before his divorce from Princess Diana was finalised, Prince Charles appeared in the authorised ITV documentary Charles: The Private Man, The Public Role.This 90-minute special was made up of several interviews between the Prince of Wales and Jonathan Dimbleby (notably the son of the reporter who interviewed Charles’ own father on Panorama more than 30 years earlier), marking 25 years since his investiture.Dimbleby said at the time that he had no intention of “painting a glossy portrait” of Charles, and this was infamously the first time the prince admitted to infidelity with Camilla Parker-Bowles during his marriage to Diana.When asked whether he’d been faithful throughout his marriage, Charles responded: “Yes ... Until it became irretrievably broken down, us both having tried.”Many felt the interview was Charles’ attempt at winning back public favour after many had been won over by Diana in the years prior, but if that was his intention, it backfired somewhat.A poll by The Sun the day after the documentary aired discovered two-thirds of respondents felt he was “unfit to be King”, following his admission.In the biography The Firm, The Troubled Life Of The House Of Windsor, royal writer Penny Junor claimed Charles’ family were “flabbergasted” by his public admission, with Prince Philip in particular “incensed”. 1995 – Princess Diana on Panorama A year later, Princess Diana was able to have her say about her marriage on Panorama, and made headlines the world over. The interview with Martin Bashir took place in Diana’s sitting room in Kensington Palace, with sound and recording equipment having to be sneaked in so as not to arouse suspicion.The hour-long special was noted for being the first time Diana spoke publicly about her husband’s infidelity (including the oft-quoted line “there were three of us in the marriage”), but it was revelatory for a number of other reasons, too.Diana’s Panorma interview saw her speaking about her own extramarital affairs, including with James Hewitt, as well as her experiences of self-harm, post natal depression and bulimia.She also addressed her feelings about the British press, describing them as “abusive” and their treatment of her as “harassment”.John Birt, who was director general of the BBC at the time of this interview, later noted it “marked the end of the BBC’s institutional reverence – though not its respect – for the monarchy”.In March this year, Scotland Yard confirmed they would not be conducting a criminal inquiry into Martin Bashir over allegations he tricked Diana into her landmark Panorama interview.2011 – Sarah Ferguson on 60 Minutes Australia In 2010, Sarah Ferguson was secretly recorded by the News Of The World’s Mazher Mahmood (dubbed the “fake sheikh”), offering access to Prince Andrew for half a million pounds.“Look after me and he’ll look after you,” she was heard saying. “You’ll get it back tenfold. I can open any door you want.”The Duchess Of York later admitted she was “devastated by the situation”, saying in a statement: “I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused. It is true that my financial situation is under stress however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened.“I can confirm that The Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred. I am sincerely sorry for my actions.”A year later, she was asked about the matter during an interview on Australia’s 60 Minutes, and ended up walking off the set.“Don’t try and trick me now because I’m not going to play this game,” she said, before urging producers to “delete that bit”, feeling the interview was going in a “too tabloid-y” direction.Eventually, after the interviewer persisted with his questions, the Duchess walked off the set completely, claiming she needed to “take five minutes”.2017 – Heads Together For much of his adult life, one of Prince William’s key causes has been working towards destigmatising mental health conditions.In 2017, he teamed up with none other than Lady Gaga for the Heads Together campaign for a four-minute online video in which they spoke over FaceTime about the need to discuss mental health openly.William complimented Gaga after she penned an open letter discussing her own experiences of PTSD, telling her: “It’s so important to break open that fear and that taboo… It’s time that everyone speaks up and feels very normal about mental health. It’s the same as physical health.“Everybody has mental health, and we shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Just having a conversation with a friend or family member can really make such a difference.” 2017 – Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy  In honour of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death, Princes William and Harry commissioned two authorised documentaries for ITV about her.The first of these was Diana, Our Mother, in which both princes gave their first ever interviews about what the Princess Of Wales was like as a parent.“Arguably [it was] probably a little bit too raw up until this point,” Prince Harry admitted. “It’s still raw.”The two princes both spoke fondly of their late mother, with Harry describing her as “a total kid through and through” and William recalling an incident in which she arranged for supermodels Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford to surprise him after school one day.“One of her mottos to me was ‘you can be as naughty as you want, just don’t get caught’,” Harry fondly remembered.The other documentary was Diana, 7 Days, which focussed more on her death and the immediate effect it had on those around her, particularly her grieving sons, who were both children at the time. 2018 – The Queen’s Green Planet Though not a traditional interview, the Queen teamed up with broadcaster and fellow nonagenarian Sir David Attenborough in 2018 for an ITV special discussing the environment and climate change. Among other things.One thing The Queen’s Green Planet was noted for was that the monarch showed off her sense of humour, commenting of a nearby helicopter: “Why do they always go round and round when you want to talk? [That] sounds like President Trump.”The Queen also spoke of her hopes to plant more trees in a bid to affect climate change, stating: “If all countries continue to plant, it might change the climate again.” 2019 – Harry and Meghan: An African Journey A year after they were married, Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle made a trip to Africa, so they could look at how a charity initiative started by the Duke of Sussex 15 years earlier had progressed.Of course, the documentary ended up revealing a lot more, most notably how the Duchess Of Sussex was adjusting to life in the spotlight, and the difficulties she was facing as a result of press intrusion.The moment that most captured people’s attention was when journalist Tom Bradby asked about the “pressure” she was under, and its “impact on your mental and physical health”.“I would say … any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she explained. “And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot.“So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mum or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um... yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”“Would it be fair to say ‘Not really OK’?” Bradby then asked. “It’s really been a struggle?”Meghan responded simply: “Yes.”In a piece she wrote for the New York Times in 2021, Meghan spoke about how much this exchange had meant to her, recalling: “My off-the-cuff reply seemed to give people permission to speak their truth. But it wasn’t responding honestly that helped me most, it was the question itself.”2019 – Prince Andrew on Newsnight At the time, it would have been fair to assume that Harry and Meghan: An African Journey would be the royal family’s most revelatory moment of 2019.But in November 2019, Prince Andrew sat down with Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace for what turned out to be a disastrous interview about allegations of sexual abuse that had been made against him, as well as his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.During the interview, the Duke of York “categorically” denied accusations from one woman who claimed she was forced to have sex with him on three occasions, including when she was 17 years old.“It didn’t happen. I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened,” he said.Prince Andrew dismissed her claims that he had been “profusely sweating” when they danced together at a nightclub, insisting that he had a medical condition that meant he was unable to sweat at that time as a result of “an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War”.He also said that he was at a Pizza Express in Woking with one of his daughters on the day of one of the alleged incidents.“Going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do,” he insisted. “I remember it weirdly distinctly.”Following the much-publicised interview, Prince Andrew suspended his public duties “for the foreseeable future”. In May 2020, he permanently resigned from public duties to his connections with Epstein, who died in August 2019.2021 – Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show Oprah Winfrey announced in February 2021 that she had a sit-down interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the works, and there was near-immediate speculation about exactly what they’d reveal.What no one saw coming was that the much-awaited interview would be preceded by a much more light-hearted appearance from Prince Harry on The Late, Late Show with James Corden.One that featured an open-top bus tour of LA, a quick pitstop to the mansion from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, an impromptu FaceTime call with Meghan and yes, even some rapping.We were not ready, and frankly we’re still not ready.2021 – Oprah With Meghan And Harry And here we are. Oprah Winfrey has promised an interview with Harry and Meghan where “nothing [is] off limits”, which will air in the US on Sunday, before it’s shown on ITV on Monday 8 March at 9pm.Of course, we haven’t seen it yet, but an early press release announced the Sussexes would be discussing marriage, life under public pressure and their “future hopes and dreams”, among other things.Subsequent clips have also teased Harry sharing his fears of “history repeating itself” before he decided to move with his family to Los Angeles, as well as claims from Meghan of the palace “perpetuating falsehoods about us”.The 90-minute interview is one we’re sure to be talking about for a long time to come.READ MORE:Meghan Markle Claims Palace Is 'Perpetuating Falsehoods About Us' In New Oprah ClipBuckingham Palace To Investigate Bullying Claims Made Against Meghan MarkleBen Fogle Expertly Shuts Down Piers Morgan's Meghan Markle Question On Good Morning Britain
The Crown star Josh O’Connor has admitted he was “delighted” to hear Prince Harry speak out in favour of the royal Netflix drama.Josh played Prince Charles in the two most recent seasons of The Crown, and won a Golden Globe on Sunday night for his performance in the show.Days earlier, Harry had been asked for his thoughts on The Crown during an interview with James Corden, stating: “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth. “Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, of course not, but loosely it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”Harry added: “I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself… [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Josh said of Prince Harry’s endorsement: “I’m delighted... I’m delighted that he watches it.“I think anyone who watches it is a great… you know, that’s what we’re there for.”Around the release of series three of The Crown, Josh admitted he was not a fan of the monarchy, and insisted that immersing himself in his royal role hadn’t changed his mind on the matter.His co-star Emma Corrin – who also won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Princess Diana – recently said of Prince Harry’s comments: “The way that he spoke about it, and the fact that he’s watched it and the fact that obviously I played his mother, and that would be such a sensitive thing… I was very moved by the fact that he acknowledged it.“I’m incredibly grateful to him and incredibly moved by what he said.”All four series of The Crown are now available to watch on Netflix.READ MORE:Josh O'Connor Recalls 'Terrible Mistake' Of Almost Passing On Role In The CrownEmma Corrin 'Incredibly Moved' By Prince Harry's Assessment Of The CrownOlivia Colman's Reaction To Emma Corrin's Golden Globes Win Was Adorable And So Olivia Colman
Emma Corrin has said she was “incredibly moved” by Prince Harry’s assessment of The Crown. The Duke Of Sussex was asked how he felt about the Netflix drama that depicts his family during an appearance on James Corden’s The Late Late Show last week. “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional,” Harry said. “But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, of course not, but loosely it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.“I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself. Because… that [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”Emma – who plays Harry’s late mother Princess Diana in The Crown – was asked how she felt knowing the Duke had seen her portrayal, following her win at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. She told the virtual press room: “It’s difficult because with The Crown, Peter [Morgan]’s version of The Crown, it is so fictional, and it feels so removed from the actual Royal family. So, on one level, I feel like it is so distant and feels so separate but on the other hand, obviously, the characters are based on real people and I would say there’s a responsibility to acknowledge them in some way.“Certainly the way that he spoke about it, and the fact that he’s watched it and the fact that obviously I played his mother, and that would be such a sensitive thing. “I was very moved by the fact that he acknowledged it. I’m incredibly grateful to him and incredibly moved by what he said.”Gillian Anderson, who picked up Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series for her role as former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Crown, also said: “Harry is fairly well qualified to judge what is fact or fiction. He’s understood what [creator] Peter [Morgan] is trying to do on The Crown.”Harry’s verdict of The Crown stood in contrast to that of his uncle, Earl Spencer, who criticised the show’s artistic licence.Culture secretary Oliver Dowden is among those who think Netflix should be made to add a disclaimer to The Crown – an idea both Emma Corrin and co-star Josh O’Connor have spoken out against previously.  READ MORE:19 Moments You Might Have Missed From This Year's Golden GlobesOlivia Colman's Reaction To Emma Corrin's Golden Globes Win Was Adorable And So Olivia ColmanPrince Harry Reveals Exactly What He Thinks Of The Crown
Prince Harry has said he feared “history repeating itself” in a reference to his mother’s death as he recounted his royal life with wife Meghan Markle in the couple’s much anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey.US television network CBS has released two 30-second excerpts from Oprah With Meghan And Harry: A CBS Primetime Special, which is set to air in the US on Sunday.In the first clip, Oprah asks the Duchess of Sussex if she was “silent or silenced”, with Meghan’s answer not revealed.She then asks the duchess: “Almost unsurvivable. Sounds like there was a breaking point?” The clip then quickly cuts to the duke commenting: “My biggest fear was history repeating itself.”CBS Presents Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A Primetime Special in one week. #OprahMeghanHarrypic.twitter.com/WCyoHDMCaP— CBS (@CBS) March 1, 2021In the second video, Harry says he is grateful to have had Meghan’s support throughout his exit from royal life, while also expressing admiration for what his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, had to endure under similar circumstances.He tells Oprah: “I’m just really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you, with my wife by my side, because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like for her, going through this process by herself, all those years ago.“Because it has been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we had each other.”It comes days after Harry’s appearance on US talk show The Late Late Show, in which he told host James Cordon the “toxic” atmosphere created by the British press is what forced him and his family to leave the UK.During the interview with the British actor and presenter, Harry also opened up on his family life.He said dating for him or any of the royal family is “flipped upside down”, telling James early dates are at home and only when they are a couple do they venture out in public.“We got to spend an enormous amount of time just the two of us,” he said of his early relationship with Meghan. “There were no distractions, and that was great, it was an amazing thing. We went from zero to 60 in the first two months.”READ MORE:How To Watch Meghan Markle And Prince Harry's Oprah Winfrey Interview In The UKPrince Harry Reveals Exactly What He Thinks Of The CrownPrince Harry Rapping The Fresh Prince Theme Tune Is The Only Thing You Need To See Today
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned to present the Golden Globes for the first time in six years on Sunday night, and did a pretty great job of hosting on a night like none the long-running awards show has ever seen before.The duo were confirmed to be hosting this year’s Golden Globes way back in January 2020, when they could never have predicted they’d end up presenting it on different sides of the US due to the pandemic.Yes, Amy and Tina shared hosting duties via video-link, with the former in California and the latter in New York, so celebrity guest presenters wouldn’t have to fly across the country during the pandemic.Opening up the show with an eight-minute comedy routine, the pair delivered some brilliant one-liners ribbing the nominees and the all-round ridiculousness of the situation.Here are a few of our favourites from their Golden Globes opener...Summing up the dystopia that was 2020Amy Poehler: “I’m Amy Poheler here at the Beverly Hilton, district 7, New Angeles. And this is the 78th annual Hunger Games.”Seizing the opportunity for a great visual gagAmy Poehler: Tina and I are hosting from two different cities tonight but the technology is so great you are never going to be able to tell the difference. It’s going to be smooth sailing.Tina Fey: You won’t even notice.Poking fun at how many of the films nominated for Golden Globes in 2021 passed many of us byTina Fey: What an exciting night! All the big blockbuster movies that came out of this year are nominated. Parts Of A Lady! Irish Goodnight! Mauricio’s Delve! Amy Poehler: Day Planner! Grunk! Ali G Goes To Chicago!Tina Fey: And we’ll be honouring all the TV you binge-watched this year. The American Office… old episodes of Columbo… very one-sided news programmes.Amy Poehler: And of course the cranberry juice skateboard guy is going to skateboard to all the nominated songs tonight. How exciting!Praising the first responders in the audience (sort of) Tina Fey: Normally this room is full of celebrities but tonight our audience is made up of smoking hot first responders and essential workers. We are so grateful for the work that you do and that you’re here… so that the celebrities can stay safely at home.Amy Poehler: This front table right here usually houses the biggest stars in the world… Brad Pitt’s always waving at me like ‘Amy! Amy!’ and I’m like, ‘dude, I’m working, not now’... Quentin Tarantino crawling under the tables just touching people’s feet… the point is, do whatever you want. Because they do.And of course, they couldn’t not mention the recent controversy that followed reports that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – who decide the winners of the Golden Globes – doesn’t have a single Black memberTina Fey: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 international no-Black journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life. We say around 90 because a couple of them might be ghosts, and it’s rumoured that the German member is just a sausage that somebody drew a little face on.Tina Fey: Soul is a beautiful Pixar animated movie where a middle-aged Black man’s soul accidentally gets knocked out of his body and into a cat. The HFPA really responded to this movie, because they do have five cat members.Amy Poehler: Everybody is understandably upset at the HFPA and their choices. Look, a lot of flashy garbage got nominated, but that happens. That’s their thing. But a number of Black actors and Black-led projects were overlooked…  Tina Fey: … the point is, even with stupid things, inclusivity is important, and there are no Black members of the HFPA. I realise maybe you guys didn’t get the memo, because your workplace is the back booth of a French McDonald’s. But you gotta change that. So here’s to changing it.Getting into the key differences between the TV and film categories Tina Fey: I think the rule is, if their fake teeth look real, that’s a movie. And if their real teeth look fake, that’s TV.Amy Poehler: If the British actors are playing British people, it’s TV. If they’re playing Americans, it’s a movie. And then they got onto some of the nominees like The Prom... Tina Fey: The Queen’s Gambit is whatever James Corden was up to in The Prom, I guess. The Prom came out at the perfect time, because this year so many teenagers didn’t get to go to their proms. So they could watch James Corden and Meryl Streep go to it instead. That’s still fun, right, guys?...The Undoing…Amy Poehler: The Undoing was a sexy and dramatic mystery where Nicole Kidman’s coat is suspected of murdering her wig....Music… Tina Fey: Sia’s controversial film Music is nominated for Best International Flop-er-oonie. I don’t want to get into it, guys, but it’s real problematic. And Twitter is saying it’s the most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the Weight Watchers spokesperson....and, of course, Emily In Paris Tina Fey: Emily In Paris is nominated for Best TV Series – Musical Or Comedy, and I for one can’t wait to find out which it is. French Exit is what I did after watching the first episode of Emily In Paris.And finally, introducing the first guest presenter of the night Tina Fey: Could this whole night have been an email? Yes! But then we wouldn’t get the chance to see our beautiful first presenter. Like a child’s skeleton pyjamas, she simply glows… Ms Laura Dern.READ MORE:British Stars Lead The Way As This Year's Golden Globes Winners Are RevealedSacha Baron Cohen's Golden Globes Acceptance Speech Was Every Bit As Cutting As You'd ExpectOlivia Colman's Reaction To Emma Corrin's Golden Globes Win Was Adorable And So Olivia Colman
Not pictured: Tom Cruise | Image: @deeptomcruise on TikTok What’s better than an ultra-high-tech, Mission: Impossible-style mask? The deepfake technology this TikToker is using to impersonate Tom Cruise, apparently (via The Daily Beast). The deeptomcruise account appears to feature someone who’s pretending to be the famous actor, and the impression isn’t just jaw-dropping because of how well the person replicates Cruise’s famous laugh. @deeptomcruise Sports! ♬ original sound - Tom How can you tell it’s not actually Tom Cruise using some sort of strange Twitter name? First, his voice is close, but it’s not quite there, especially since the lip-syncing is a tiny bit off at some points. You can hear what the real Cruise sounds like in this video (unless, of course, James Corden also... Continue reading…
Well, it wasn’t exactly the smoothest road to get there, but awards season is officially underway for 2021.In a year like no other before it, the Golden Globes has the unenviable task of going first, with their ceremony honouring the best offerings from the last 12 months of film and TV taking place on Sunday 28 February.Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be presenting the Globes once again, but doing things a little differently – the pair are hosting the show separately on both sides of the US, meaning stars based in New York won’t have to make a cross-country trip during the middle of a pandemic.For anyone who was hoping to watch along, here’s our guide to help you plan your night – but be warned, if you’re an awards show fan in the UK, you might be running into some difficulties...Amy Poehler and Tina Fey at the Golden Globes" src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/60367561270000551e6827f0.jpg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" />The usual red carpet shenanigans will be going on, which are easy enough to watch in the UKWe’re as surprised as anyone to hear that, yes, celebrity guests on both sides of the US will be walking the red carpet. And yes, that means E! will be bringing back their famous red carpet coverage for anyone who wants some A-list escapism and glamorous looks.We don’t know about you, but we’re thoroughly looking forward to critiquing every single guest’s fashion, despite having worn nothing but pyjamas for roughly 11 months. This kicks off at 11pm on E!, and will run for around two hours.Keep an eye on the awards show’s official Facebook too, as they usually have a red carpet live-stream of their own.But what about the actual Golden Globes ceremony?Well, despite a great showing for British talent at the 2021 Golden Globes – we’re talking The Crown’s Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, Daniel Kaluuya, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones, John Boyega, Riz Ahmed, Gary Oldman and James Corden – it’s not actually being shown on TV in the UK.Soz about that.It’s being shown from 1am GMT on NBC in America, but because we do not endorse illegally streaming an awards show, your best bet is to catch up with all the headlines from the Golden Globes the following morning.These are the awards the celebs will be hoping to get their mitts on this year. Well not these exact ones, this photo was actually taken in 2009, but you get the idea." src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/603678962400000e1837a105.jpg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" />We’ll be covering the show live, so there’ll be a plethora of articles to pour through when you wake up – it’s like Christmas morning, except you’re watching other (much richer) people winning awards rather than getting anything yourself.Soz about that, as well.Alternatively, if you’re determined to catch all the news in real time, you’ll be able to follow along on social media. The Golden Globes will be sharing live updates throughout the night – and so will we, for that matter, so get following @HuffPostUK now if you don’t want to miss out on the night.READ MORE:British Stars Receive Raft Of Golden Globes Nominations – Here's The Full ListEmma Corrin Celebrates Golden Globes Nom With Epic Throwback To Her Early Days On The CrownI May Destroy You Has Been Completely Snubbed By The Golden Globes, And People Are Not Happy
Poet Paul Muldoon has revealed how Sir Paul McCartney managed to fool him with a prank phone call impersonating then-US president Donald Trump.The Irish writer has collaborated with the Beatles star on his forthcoming book The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present, interviewing the music legend multiple times over the past few years.During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Muldoon recalled: “Shortly after I met [Paul McCartney], I had a phone call from – of all people – Donald Trump, asking me to come down to Washington to act as his poetry zsar for the next four years.“This would have been in 2016. And, of course, I was rather taken aback.”Muldoon continued: “And it turned out, needless to say, that this was Paul McCartney doing an extremely good impression.”He added: “Paul McCartney is a very serious person but he’s very far from being a solemn person. He’s a great believer in fun.“This is absolutely clear from his catalogue, if we may describe it as such. He’s more inclined to see the upside of things and to be joyous, rather than anything else.”During Trump’s four-year presidency, Paul McCartney was among the then-US leader’s many famous critics, most notably because of his attitude towards climate change.He previously told the Evening Standard: “Normally I go along taking notice of politics but not really feeling I have to get involved.“But when Trump said climate change was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, I just thought: ‘Woah, wait a minute. That’s a leader of one of the most powerful countries in the world… That just sounds like a mad man. Just like mad talk.’”Sir Paul’s 2018 album Egypt Station features a song taking aim at Trump, on which he’s heard singing: “Despite repeated warnings of dangers up ahead, the captain won’t be listening to what’s been said.”He also sings: “Those who shout the loudest, may not always be the smartest.”READ MORE:Paul McCartney Reveals The Label He 'Hated' From His Beatles DaysJames Corden Roasts Trump With Musical Coronavirus Parody, Maybe I'm ImmuneDave Grohl Says Taylor Swift Saved Him At Paul McCartney's Party
Joe Biden’s administration is ditching certain terms used by former president Donald Trump’s White House – such as “illegal alien” – and US talk show Jimmy Kimmel is clearly here for it.“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week.On Wednesday night, Jimmy read a long list of other Trump-era words that likely won’t be heard during Biden’s time in office — from “perfect call” and “covfefe” to “bring me my Sharpie” and “get Lou Dobbs on the phone!”Watch the video in full above.READ MORE:One Day More: James Corden Says Goodbye To Trump With Stirring Les Misérables SpoofDonald Trump 'Hijacks' Melania's Trump's Goodbye Message'What The Hell Are You Talking About?': Stephen Colbert Gives Trump A Riot Fact-Check
Gemma Collins has had a reputation for being completely extra ever since her TOWIE days, when she uttered the immortal line that she had “earned her divaship” to Ferne McCann.Well, The GC has now revealed that her diva attitude extends all the way to her pants.During an appearance on Mel Giedroyc’s new show Unforgivable – which sees celebrity guests making all kinds of personal confessions – the reality star admitted: I don’t wear the same underwear twice – it’s disgusting, it’s bad.”“I don’t like the way they feel after a wash,” she explained. “I just like a fresh pair every time I go out.”After being challenged on her wasteful attitude, Gemma agreed: “I’ve got to change my ways. I’m a sinner, I’m a bad girl.”However, she did insist that her used underwear doesn’t go straight in the bin, adding: “They go in a drawer. My lovely assistant Alexis rolls them all up.”All we can say is we hope Alexis is being paid handsomely for that task.The GC is in good company with this approach to her smalls, though, with singer and Calvin Klein spokesperson Justin Bieber admitting that he “never wears [underwear] twice” after being bombarded with free pairs from the fashion brand.Meanwhile, disco singer Leo Sayer infamously walked from Celebrity Big Brother in 2012 after his request for fresh underwear was turned down, as he refused to wash the pairs he’d brought into the house with him.Gemma’s appearance on Unforgivable also saw her coming clean about her supposed sex tape, which she recently discussed during an interview with Piers Morgan.“I said in an interview once, thinking it was funny, that I’d done a sex tape like Kim K,” she explained. “Didn’t think any more of it.”The GC later added: “There is no sex tape… it’s just one big fat lie.”Watch Unforgivable on Tuesday night at 10pm on Dave.READ MORE:40 Times Gemma Collins Was The Most Gloriously Ridiculous Person On The Planet'It's Just One Big Fat Lie': Gemma Collins Comes Clean After Sex Tape AdmissionGemma Collins Leaves Carol Vorderman Stunned With Her Attempts At Matchmaking On The Wheel
The Associated Press has reported that Cruz was expected to return to Texas imminently." src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/602e8614240000b701cbc472.jpg?cache=somyF7PS4s&ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" />Texas senator Ted Cruz was spotted boarding a plane to the Mexican resort town Cancun as thousands in his state struggle to keep warm amid power outages caused by historic winter weather.On Wednesday, photographs from multiple sources appeared to show Cruz in a mask standing in the boarding area for a United flight at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, and then on the plane itself holding a passport.Multiple reporters say they have confirmed that Cruz’s final destination was Cancun. A passenger identified as “CRU, R.” was also spotted on the list of people waiting to upgrade seats for the United flight to Cancun. The senator’s full name is Raphael Edward Cruz.On Thursday morning, “CRU, R.” was seen on a list of passengers awaiting the same upgrade on a flight from Cancun back to Houston. The Associated Press confirmed that Cruz was expected to return to Texas imminently.Cruz’s office did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.The Texas Republican has vacationed at the resort town in the past ― but not while people across his home state are scrambling for potable water and food during a pandemic that has already strapped state resources.Internet sleuths pointed to a long list of consistencies between the images purportedly taken on the plane to Cancun and images of the senator, including a matching face mask, glasses, luggage, shoes and a ring.In a brief update on the statewide situation Wednesday, Texas governor Greg Abbott did not say when Texans could expect to see power restored. The situation has put hospitals on edge as dwindling reserves of potable water has forced doctors to transfer patients, according to the Texas Tribune. This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Related...Rush Limbaugh, Bigoted King Of US Talk Radio, Dies At 70The 1 Reason Trump Will Get Off Scot-FreeJames Corden Brands Donald Trump A ‘Lunatic’ Following ‘Dark Day In American History’
The “Westworld” actor James Marsden has revealed that he had to pass the offer of starring in “Magic Mike” because he lacked confidence.And nobody is disappointed with that.In fact, fans of the actor are quite happy that he never did that.The film was a stripper genre smash, and it starred Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey in the leading roles.“The Vow” actor Channing Tatum and “True Blood” actor Joe Manganiello impressed all the women and the girls in “Magic Mike,” but now it has been revealed that another good-looking actor James Marsden was set to be a part of it before he pulled himself out.As it turns out, James Marsden appeared for an interview on “The Late Late Show” (James Corden) earlier this week and revealed that he had to pass on the offer to act in the drama-comedy “Magic Mike,” which ultimately starred True Detective actor Matthew McConaughey, and The Sinner star Matt Bomer in the leading roles, of course, along with Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello.He explained that he had overgrown fear inside of him that he would be so bad in the movie that his part will be thrown out in the editing along with his dialogues, and ultimately he will just be a junior artist running around the set.America,” has now expressed his regret on “The Late Late Show” and said that he made a mistake back in 2012.He added that the film was Soderbergh’s creation, and he should have just done it.However, even if James Marsden feels that he should have got on board and had let himself have fun on the set of “Magic Mike,” he knows for a fact that there are many fans of his and also his loved ones who think that he did make the right decision.Many of his friends and family consider his decision to be wise because they just never want to see a hunk-like figure of Marsden ever like that in a movie.He revealed to Corden that his family members were relieved that he never took such a decision.Magic Mike was a comedy and drama film which was loosely based on Channing Tatum’s own experiences in America as a stripper.
Tom Hooper’s Cats is a musical fantasy movie based on the Tony Award-winning stage play of the same name written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.The musical fantasy stars Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Francesca Hayward, and Rebel Wilson.Cats were released on 20 December 2019 by Universal Pictures.It was a box office bomb that collected a gross of $75.5 million against a budget of approx $100 million.It is estimated that the distributing studio Universal Pictures has lost over $114 million on the project.The movie included the original songs, while the team also infused some hip-hop and contemporary elements to the screenplay and songs to give the soundtrack a modernized touch.The other cats meet her and introduce themselves as “Jellicles.” The group consists of two queens, Demeter and Cassandra take Victoria under their shed and show her the world of Jellicles.And the film then explores these cats’ lives.The film got a terrible response from the audience and held an approval rating of 20% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 314 reviews with an average of 3.69/10.One of the critics from Variety, Peter Debruge, called the movie the once-in-a-blue-moon embarrassments in the resumes of great actors and tripped the promising newcomers’ opportunities.Universal Pictures has excellent faith within the Oscar-winning filmmaker Hopper, and the incredible cast joined to the project, but the movie falls flat on its face.
Actress of Borat 2 Maria Bakalova shared that her mother cried for two hours after watching the film.Borat 2 is a mockumentary film directed by Jason Woliner and starring Sacha Baron Cohen as a Kazakh journalist.Maria Bakalova played the character of his 15-years-old daughter, Tutar.Borat 2 received praise from critics for its commentary on the American culture and the performance of Cohen and Bakalova.The casting team auditioned around 600 actresses before finalizing Bakalova for the role of Tutar.The movie is filmed in secret throughout 2019 and 2020, even during the lockdown.Maria Bakalova is a 24-year Bulgarian actress, and she gained fame from Borat 2 for playing Tutar Sagdiyev.She graduated from Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia in 2019 and started her career with Bulgarian films, including 2018, Transgression, and 2020 Last Call.The most impressive scene by her was the climactic interview with Rudy Giuliani.In an interview with James Corden on The Late Late Show, Bakalova shared that her mom was sad after watching the movie.
Has Melania Trump been socially distanced from this speech until now?At a recent rally in Tampa, Florida, the first lady gave a speech, which at one point touted social distancing as a group of mask-less Donald Trump supporters looked on.“This president and his team are focused on not only destroying the virus and building back the economy. They’re focused on creating ways for people to safely stop isolating and start gathering with friends again on safe distances,” she said.After watching the clip, which, again, showed bare-faced, closely packed Trump fans, Late Late Show host James Corden picked his jaw up off the floor and put his face in his hands.“I can’t, I can’t, I can’t,” he said. “That’s like giving a speech about social distancing at a rally where no one is social di— that is exactly what was happening.” James then asked an obvious question:“When does Melania read these speeches? Is she reading them in real-time?” Corden wondered. “Did no one there bother to look around and go, ‘Ah, this section might feel weird, no?’”Though, it wasn’t all bad. As the Late Late Show host notes, at least two people got the message.“The only people at that rally who are socially distanced are Donald and Melania, and they were doing it before Covid,” James joked.See the segment below...READ MORE: James Corden Spots A Striking Contrast In Donald Trump's Latest Video James Corden Roasts Trump With Musical Coronavirus Parody, Maybe I'm Immune James Corden Finally Addresses Those Ellen Replacement Rumours
It’s been almost a year since Nessa got down on bended knee and asked Smithy to marry her, and with Gavin & Stacey fans demanding to know what happens next, a film has been mooted as a possible follow up. However, Rob Brydon – who plays Uncle Bryn in the BBC sitcom – has explained why a big screen adaptation is actually a bad idea. Speaking to Digital Spy, he said he didn’t think creators and writers Ruth Jones and James Corden “should do that”, saying: “I think that would be a mistake.”Rob continued: “It’s not a film. It’s not a cinema thing. It is what it is, and I don’t hold film over television.“There’s sometimes an assumption that if it were to become a film it would somehow be elevating itself, and I think that’s a misnomer. I think that’s a mistake.“I think that maybe, if James and Ruth decided to make another special, that would be wonderful, but I don’t at all buy into this idea that a film of a TV show is somehow elevating it and taking it to another level.“I just don’t see that myself.”Rob’s opinion is at odds with that of co-star Larry Lamb, who plays Mick Shipman. He previously said that a film is “the next logical thing to do” after the huge success of last year’s Christmas special, which attracted over 18 million viewers. “I think the audience in Britain is so ready for it that they would go to the ends of the Earth to go and see a movie of it,” he told The Mirror. “I mean, imagine those characters? It’s so much larger than life now, it’s a national treasure.”However, Ruth and James have both repeatedly insisted there are no current plans to pen any follow ups to the 2019 festive one-off, which was the first to air since the series finished 10 years prior. READ MORE: Gavin & Stacey's Alison Steadman And Mathew Horne Give Us A Taste Of Their Characters In Lockdown Gavin & Stacey’s Nessa Dishes Out Coronavirus Advice. Consider Yourself Told Gavin & Stacey's Mathew Horne Addresses Christmas Special Backlash After Almost 900 Complaints
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