Rick in Oz
2005-10-24 13:53:52 UTC
Kristin's marriage turns to a handful of dust
by LAURA COLLINS, Mail on Sunday
08:53am 23rd October 2005
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas's marriage is over -as she has been
photographed enjoying a night out in London with Tobias Menzies, an actor 13
years her junior.
After a visit to the cinema they strolled along the King's Road in Chelsea
and beside the river, before enjoying a romantic meal in a discreet Italian
Later they returned, arms around each other's waists, to her London flat.
And the next day at 10am, he left the flat dressed in the same clothes he
was wearing the night before.
Their tender moments were shared last Sunday and spell the end of Kristin's
18-year marriage to French IVF specialist Professor Francois Olivennes.
Recently the 44-year-old actress has been in London rehearsing with Bob
Hoskins and Margaret Tyzack for As You Desire Me, which opens at the
Playhouse Theatre on Thursday. Her husband has stayed with their three
children at home in Paris. They also have a farmhouse in Burgundy, but it
appears that what Kristin once described as her 'fairytale life' is now in
She first met Tobias, 31, two years ago, but rumours of a relationship only
surfaced this month. He is touring the country with Alan Bennett's acclaimed
The History Boys. He has appeared in Midsomer Murders and Casualty and plays
Marcus Junius Brutus in the BBC's sexandviolence drama, Rome.
A colleague of Professor Olivennes at the Procreation Hospital in Paris said
he was 'shattered' by the 'crisis' in his marriage, adding: 'Francois is in
a very bad way. Rumours that Kristin has been gallivanting around London
with another man have broken his heart.
'He has even followed her to London to try to find out what's going on. He
wants her back in Paris.' Until recently she had been travelling to Paris on
Fridays to spend the weekend with their children Hannah, 16, Joseph, 14, and
Kristin has earned plaudits for her roles in The Horse Whisperer, Gosford
Park, Four Weddings And A Funeral and The English Patient, for which she was
nominated for an Oscar. She has played a string of flawed, frustrated women
who often find in infidelity a comfort that their own marriage lacks.
Intriguingly, her favourite part was of Lady Brenda, the faithless wife of
the hero in A Handful Of Dust. The film was based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of
the same title, a thinly-veiled account of the breakdown of his own
Referring to her career, she once said: 'I'm very grateful for adultery.'
Despite often being referred to as sexy and beautiful, she once said: 'Men
don't fall in love with me - only young ones. I've had to tell some young
actors to calm down.'
Last night Professor Olivennes refused to discuss his marriage difficulties.
Tobias Menzies' agent confirmed that her client was dating Kristin. She
said: 'They are going out together. I don't think anybody's denying that.
But he won't want to make any further comment.'