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.