BBC's Rosie Millard marries the multi-millionaire she left her family
BBC’s Rosie Millard wears a flower crown and £890 Vivienne Westwood knee-length gown as she marries the multi-millionaire she left her family for in a low-key North London ceremony
- Former BBC arts journalist Rosie Millard, 56, wed Alex Graham, 68, today
- Wedding is three years since she left husband Philip Clothier and four children
- Ceremony at Islington Town Hall will be followed by a ‘Champagne-soaked celebration’ at Frederick’s restaurant nearby, according to insiders
Rosie Millard has wed the multi-millionaire she left her husband and four children for in a low-key ceremony in North London.
The former BBC arts journalist, 56, married Scottish TV producer and journalist Alex Graham, 68, at Islington Town Hall, wearing a flower crown and a chic satin £890 Vivienne Westwood gown cut just below the knee.
Her muted-yellow Ginnie midi pencil dress featured a slender silhouette with a cowl neck and back slit.
To match her floral headpiece, which featured poppies, blue thistles – a nod to her new husband’s heritage – and other colourful blooms, Rosie carried a bright bouquet bursting with gerberas and pink cosmos.
Rosie Millard has wed multi-millionaire Alex Graham, whom she left her husband and four children for, in a low-key ceremony in North London
Rosie also chose a pair of bold platform stilettos featuring bright pink and red toes with a turquoise heel.
The ceremony will be followed by a ‘Champagne-soaked celebration’ at Frederick’s restaurant nearby, according to insiders.
This afternoon Rosie took to Twitter to announce their nuptials and shared a series of snaps, writing: ‘We got married!!! @alexwtw #IslingtonTownHall flowers by @RebelRebelE8 confetti by @JoCole5 Love all around.’
A source previously told the Mail on Sunday: ‘This is a no-expense-spared do. Media luvvies from North London’s champagne socialist in-crowd will be on parade, and Rosie is very excited.
The former BBC arts journalist, 56, married Scottish TV producer and journalist Alex, 68, at Islington Town Hall, wearing a flower crown and a chic satin £890 Vivienne Westwood gown cut just below the knee
To match her floral headpiece, which featured poppies, blue thistles – a nod to her new husband’s heritage – and other colourful blooms, Rosie carried a bright bouquet bursting with gerberas and pink cosmos
‘It is what she has wanted for some time. Expect quite the party and, of course, the dress.’
Rosie’s choice of designer won’t come as a surprise to many; when she covered the Oscars for BBC News in 2001 she wore a plunging £800 Vivienne Westwood frock.
After she finished her report, newsreader Michael Buerk famously quipped: ‘That was Rosie Millard in the Best Supporting Dress.’
Alex’s outfit is also likely to have turned heads; the Scotsman sported a bold blue and yellow tartan suit teamed with a navy waistcoat and mustard tie.
The couple abandoned their partners before Christmas 2018. Rosie ditched TV producer Philip ‘Pip’ Clothier, her husband of more than 20 years and father to their children.
The youngest two, who were then aged 16 and 14, continued living with their dad at their £2million Islington home.
The ceremony will be followed by a ‘Champagne-soaked celebration’ at Frederick’s restaurant nearby, according to insiders
Alex, outgoing chairman of the Scott Trust – which owns The Guardian newspaper – left his wife, Maeve Haran, 70, mother to their three grown-up children.
Almost a year after walking out, Rosie wrote an at-the-time anonymous article in The Sunday Times. Describing the tearful farewell, she wrote: ‘My now ex-husband cooked everyone a hearty meal… Then he lined up the children, our children, so I could say goodbye.
‘He stood there while I did this act, tears pouring down my cheeks, unable to speak.’
Rosie, who now chairs BBC Children In Need, recently posted several images of the London house she and Alex moved into in February. One showing flowers on a dressing table was captioned: ‘Our lovely canal-side house continues to blossom.’
It is not known how Rosie and Alex met, although they were likely to have shared friends in the artsy, metropolitan milieu they both inhabited.
Rosie’s choice of designer won’t come as a surprise to many; when she covered the Oscars for BBC News in 2001 she wore a plunging £800 Vivienne Westwood frock (pictured). After she finished her report, newsreader Michael Buerk famously quipped: ‘That was Rosie Millard in the Best Supporting Dress’
Alex made a fortune when he sold his television production company Wall To Wall, creator of shows such as Long Lost Family and Who Do You Think You Are?
His ex-wife, Maeve, meanwhile, is an Oxford law graduate who went on to carve out a highly successful career as a romantic novelist, starting in 1991 with the release of her first book, the bestseller Having It All.
Maeve and Alex had been in a relationship since the mid-1980s but waited until 2000 to get married in what friends described as a romantic knees-up at a Highland castle, complete with bagpipes and fireworks display.
The couple shared a £5million mansion in upmarket Highgate, North London, where they were known for throwing dinner parties for their influential friends. Maeve was said to have been completely in the dark about her husband’s extra-marital liaison, even though it had started some years before. His affair had been conducted, according to those in the know, ‘very discreetly’.
Rosie’s ex-husband was also said to have been shocked by his wife’s announcement in December 2018 that she would leaving the family home for a rented love-nest just two miles away.
Alex Graham pictured with his ex-wife Maeve Haran (left) and Rosie Millard with her former husband Pip Clothier
Friends suggested at the time that Rosie’s decision to turn her life upside down might have had its roots in the worrying events of August that year.
That was when she underwent a six-hour life-saving operation at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London to remove a brain tumour.
Following a brain scan, Rosie had been told that she had a tumour the size of an apple growing behind her right eye. Surgery was the only option.
Describing the ordeal as ‘grim’, Rosie was left with a huge scar that stretches from her forehead to behind her right ear – but it also left her with an impetus, some believe, to make changes.
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