Stephen Triffitt played the role of Frank Sinatra in the original West End cast of The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas, as well as opening the American, Canadian and European productions. I was lucky enough to spend a day on set with him and his team filming at the Hippodrome Casino in London. Stephen tells me: “I have big plans next as I would love to move into acting and diversify just as the real Frank did.” It looks like Stephen is doing it his way, too...
Filming began recently on the second series of the BBC’s hit period drama, Poldark. Aidan Turner, its star, told me: “I love playing Ross Poldark and am proud to be a part of this production. The second series of 10 episodes presents a whole new set of challenges for both him and I, and I can’t wait for it to start off again.”
Doc Martin actor Martin Clunes tells me that his love of animals has opened up a new world as far as his career is concerned. “I do get asked to judge more dog shows and voice-over pet food brands now, which is nice,” he said. “I genuinely love all animals, they are great fun to be around.”
Comedian Jack Dee is to be the new host of the BBC Two Apprentice spin-off show You’re Fired. He will discuss the week’s events in the Alan Sugar business entertainment show and quiz the exiting candidate on immediately after the main BBC One show.
X Factor judge Cheryl has launched her latest perfume, which I am told will be given to all contestants as part of a goody bag on the show. Cheryl’s other role is the face of Greggs the bakers – I wonder if there will be sausage rolls in the goody bag too?
Sir Tom Jones may have been ‘let go’ from The Voice, but he says that he still thinks there is a place for a seasoned judge on a show. “I do get annoyed that we are put out to grass, yet look at our experience – it can only help the next generation can’t it?” he said.
Joanna Lumley has upset her legion of Twitter followers by revealing she does not in fact write her own tweets. “My agent does all that for me,” she said. “I mean I give her some responses but, no it’s not me.” So why bother with the account then, Joanna?
Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman likes to give the impression that she is a busy working mum while fronting numerous shows on TV. However don’t feel too bad ladies, as Claudia let slip she does in fact have a nanny, who “does far more for me than just looking after the children.” So not quite superwoman then...
He is one of the most regular presenters on TV at the moment, but Nick Grimshaw’s presenting spot on The One Show didn’t go down too well with fans. A source reveals: “It was an idea that backfired really. Nick knows that his spot on the X Factor has failed to dazzle too, so he is trying anything right now.”
Samia Ghadie, who plays single mum Maria, has already filmed her final scenes in Coronation Street and is now on maternity leave. She tells me: “It won’t be an easy road for Maria to return to, I can’t give too much away, but she leaves her job at Audrey’s and tries once again to go it alone.” Will she be happy though?
Patsy Kensit has had an actioned-packed life – and a two-year stint playing hard-nosed businesswoman Sadie King in Emmerdale. The 47-year-old actress has admitted that she still hankers after her old life in the ITV soap, which she left in 2006. “I miss Emmerdale,” the actress told me. “I would love to go back if the storyline was right, but it was a great job.”
Eamonn Holmes downed a glass of wine live on air after soldiering through an incredibly awkward TV interview with 70s pop idol David Cassidy. Eamonn said: “I don’t know what his problem was, he seemed to be in a bad mood from the off really. But we soldier on and laughed about it afterwards.”
EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami has said he would like Ross Kemp and his Grant Mitchell character to return to Albert Square. “I think he was one of the all-time great Albert Square hard men to me, and I know the fans would love it ... others have come back so why not him?” he teased.
James Norton, who stars in the hit show Grantchester, says its success is down to the fact that it’s so English. “It’s set in a time when people had respect, so yes a far better period for many, and I also like the morals of Sydney too, he is a great chap to play.”
Irish superstar Daniel O’Donnell has been in rehearsal with Kristina Rihanoff – but he’s still got some work to do if he wants that Glitter Ball trophy on Strictly. “I am finding it hard to meet the challenge,” he laughed. “I think wow, why did I agree to this, but I want to show people I can be fun too, and what better way than this?”
Simon Cowell is determined to land Adele and Sam Smith for the X Factor live shows as the ratings go lower and lower. A source tells me: “He sees this as the key to helping the ratings, along with putting his own acts like One Direction in the live shows too.”