Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard marries brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness in Wimborne

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard marries brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness in Wimborne

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard marries brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard marries brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness

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PLAYWRIGHT Sir Tom Stoppard tied the knot with brewery heiress Sabrina Guinness in an intimate register office ceremony in East Dorset at the weekend.

The 76-year-old father-of-four, regarded as Britain’s greatest living playwright, wed Miss Guinness, 58, in Wimborne on Saturday.

It is the third time Sir Tom has married but the first for Miss Guinness, who counts Prince Charles and Mick Jagger among her past suitors.

The couple arrived at the register office, Wimborne Town Council chamber, in a luxury silver Mercedes E-class car ahead of the midday ceremony.

Sir Tom wore a navy blue suit with a salmon pink striped tie while Miss Guinness wore a white wedding dress.

The understated service was conducted by a local registrar in front of a small congregation of 40 close friends and family.

Guests included Sir Tom’s sons Ed, an actor, Oliver, Barnaby and William, and Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park.

Rose petals were thrown over the couple as they emerged from the register office’s small side door to the cheers of the guests.

Following the service, the newlyweds returned to their plush country pad in nearby Tarrant Gunville for a lavish reception.

Both Sir Tom and Miss Guinness are known for their colourful love lives.

Sir Tom was previously married to nurse Josie Ingle and agony aunt Dr Miriam Stoppard.

He married Ms Ingle in 1965 as he began his career as a playwright.

Within two years he had become a success with his hit play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the first of many.

Their relationship broke down in 1972 and the same year he wed doctor Miriam Stern, who went on to become a presenter and agony aunt under her married name.

The pair remained together until 1990.

Miss Guinness dated a string of stars in the 1970s and 1980s including rockers Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart, and actors Michael Douglas and Jack Nicholson.

She moved to Hollywood for 10 years where she worked as an assistant producer on films.

She returned to London in the early 1990s and set up the Youth Cable Television with former BBC director general Greg Dyke.

She and Sir Tom began their relationship in 2011 and got engaged in December 2013.

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5:55pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him.

I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.
He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him. I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 12

7:36pm Sun 8 Jun 14

BournemouthMum says...

Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...
Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here... BournemouthMum
  • Score: -19

8:17pm Sun 8 Jun 14

sc61 says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...
18 years is hardly a huge age gap.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...[/p][/quote]18 years is hardly a huge age gap. sc61
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Blimey- nice lot aren't we!
Blimey- nice lot aren't we! Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 5

8:53pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

They say the ideal age gap for a happy relationship is for the man to find a woman half his age plus 7 years. Yep, that's about correct. So by rights this blokes new bride should be 45. But she's 58 oh dear. Never mind she's an heiress to a brewery so all is forgiven.
They say the ideal age gap for a happy relationship is for the man to find a woman half his age plus 7 years. Yep, that's about correct. So by rights this blokes new bride should be 45. But she's 58 oh dear. Never mind she's an heiress to a brewery so all is forgiven. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 5

9:15pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Townee says...

She doesn't look 58 but he looks his age, bet he married for love and she has money as well.
She doesn't look 58 but he looks his age, bet he married for love and she has money as well. Townee
  • Score: 1

10:43pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Understated says...

but now her surname wont be Guinness? thats a shame. hyphenated wont be the same effect
but now her surname wont be Guinness? thats a shame. hyphenated wont be the same effect Understated
  • Score: 2

11:14pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

I was in a Stoppard play once, Binkie Beaumont got me in at the last moment. It was at the Garrick.
Understudy came down with syphilis, terrible business. I can't recall the name of it as I was very very drunk.
I was in a Stoppard play once, Binkie Beaumont got me in at the last moment. It was at the Garrick. Understudy came down with syphilis, terrible business. I can't recall the name of it as I was very very drunk. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 4

4:17am Mon 9 Jun 14

ShuttleX says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...
You really sound bitter there. Husband walked off with a younger model perhaps? As it is unlikely you have met either of the couple, your stereotyping comes across as pure bitterness. I don't care why they got married, I just wish them happiness.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...[/p][/quote]You really sound bitter there. Husband walked off with a younger model perhaps? As it is unlikely you have met either of the couple, your stereotyping comes across as pure bitterness. I don't care why they got married, I just wish them happiness. ShuttleX
  • Score: 4

7:29am Mon 9 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him.

I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.
Sure there's a rent boy with a cleaners job looking to live with an idiot with a daft name out there for you.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him. I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.[/p][/quote]Sure there's a rent boy with a cleaners job looking to live with an idiot with a daft name out there for you. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -1

11:39am Mon 9 Jun 14

durkiboy says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him.

I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.
Sure there's a rent boy with a cleaners job looking to live with an idiot with a daft name out there for you.
Apparently he was a rent boy, but fell into arrears :-)
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him. I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.[/p][/quote]Sure there's a rent boy with a cleaners job looking to live with an idiot with a daft name out there for you.[/p][/quote]Apparently he was a rent boy, but fell into arrears :-) durkiboy
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him.

I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.
Sure there's a rent boy with a cleaners job looking to live with an idiot with a daft name out there for you.
No thanks, you keep him.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: He's hit the jackpot there although she'll almost certainly outlive him. I'd be happy with a dirty skinny young thing that works in an off licence.[/p][/quote]Sure there's a rent boy with a cleaners job looking to live with an idiot with a daft name out there for you.[/p][/quote]No thanks, you keep him. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 1

1:29pm Mon 9 Jun 14

BournemouthMum says...

ShuttleX wrote:
BournemouthMum wrote:
Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...
You really sound bitter there. Husband walked off with a younger model perhaps? As it is unlikely you have met either of the couple, your stereotyping comes across as pure bitterness. I don't care why they got married, I just wish them happiness.
I commented before reading the story - my mistake! At first sight (without my glasses :) I saw an old looking chap and a young looking woman and automatically jumped to conclusions - i.e. that he was an old man marrying a gold-digging young woman (like so many old guys do).

However, having now read the story, it seems a genuine relationship. And no I'm not bitter, but admit to being a bit cynical where big age gaps involving wealthy men are concerned!
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: Another rich washed up old man marrying a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. Move on, nothing to see here...[/p][/quote]You really sound bitter there. Husband walked off with a younger model perhaps? As it is unlikely you have met either of the couple, your stereotyping comes across as pure bitterness. I don't care why they got married, I just wish them happiness.[/p][/quote]I commented before reading the story - my mistake! At first sight (without my glasses :) I saw an old looking chap and a young looking woman and automatically jumped to conclusions - i.e. that he was an old man marrying a gold-digging young woman (like so many old guys do). However, having now read the story, it seems a genuine relationship. And no I'm not bitter, but admit to being a bit cynical where big age gaps involving wealthy men are concerned! BournemouthMum
  • Score: 1

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