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Sister of missing Canadian man believes he is victim of serial killer

The sister of a Canadian man who has been missing for nine years believes he is a victim of the Santa Claus serial killer who murdered eight men in Toronto after a witness came forward saying that she saw them together before he disappeared. 

Judi Riley’s brother Jon went missing on April 24, 2013, at the age of 47, after he left a note saying that he was going to Toronto to meet someone for a few days for work.

She told MailOnline: ‘Jon was last seen by our mum.She saw him before she went to a brunch coincidentally hosted by the OPP Ontario Provincial Police.

‘There was nothing unusual about that morning or the days leading up to his disappearance.’ 

But she explained: ‘He did have mental health issues, he was vulnerable in that regard.Also he was very trusting. A bit naïve I would say,’ she said.

Jon never returned home and has never been found.

Judi Riley's brother Jon, pictured together, went missing on April 24, 2013, at the age of 47, after he left a note saying that he was going to Toronto to meet someone for a few days for work

Judi Riley’s brother Jon, pictured together, went missing on April 24, 2013, at the age of 47, after he left a note saying that he was going to Toronto to meet someone for a few days for work

He vanished during Project Houston, an 18-month police investigation which started in November 2012.It was launched to look into the disappearances of three men from the Gay Village in Toronto.

‘During Project Houston, the police were interviewing the community of the Gay Village and it was well known in that timeframe that people needed to be careful of a serial killer.

‘Anyone outside of that community did not know about Project Houston’, Judi said.

Bruce McArthur, the ‘Santa Claus’ serial killer, had slaughtered eight men between 2010-2017- all of them disappeared from Toronto’s ‘gay village’.

He was later found to have killed one of the men investigated in Project Houston. 

The dismembered remains of several of his victims were found buried in planters at a suburban property at which he worked as a landscaper.

He was arrested in January 2018.On January 29, 2019, he pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.

She said that Jon was last seen by their mother and there was nothing unusual about the morning he disappeared or the days leading up to when he vanished.  Pictured: Judi and Jon when they were younger

She said that Jon was last seen by their mother and there was nothing unusual about the morning he disappeared or the days leading up to when he vanished.  Pictured: Judi and Jon when they were younger 

Jon, pictured, vanished during Project Houston, an 18-month police investigation which started in November 2012. It was launched to look into the disappearances of three men from the Gay Village in Toronto

Jon, pictured, vanished during Project Houston, an 18-month police investigation which started in November 2012.It was launched to look into the disappearances of three men from the Gay Village in Toronto

Judi Riley appears in the final episode of the six-part BBC series Santa Claus: The Serial Killer, a documentary about Bruce McArthur, presented by Mobeen Azhar, who was looking into the case.

In the episode, Judi was speaking about Jon, whom she believes could have been connected to McArthur and been another possible victim of him, as both worked in landscaping and were seen at a café together in the days before he disappeared.

Before Bruce McArthur was prosecuted, the police would not speak to Judi.But after he was prosecuted, she tracked down a lead investigator Bonus Slot Online who she called. 

She said: ‘I was able to fish out of him that there were 9 file folders on BM’s desktop – each labeled with a victim. 

He said there were photos of each victim corresponding to the name on the file inside the folder.

‘He told me the last file was labeled John but didn’t match the victim who was found tied up when BM was arrested in BM’s apartment. 

‘He told me the computer held thousands of photos – in addition to the desktop files.He said they have identified all of the people in the photos (which can’t possibly be true).’

Bruce McArthur, pictured, the 'Santa Claus' serial killer, had slaughtered eight men between 2010-2017- all of them disappeared from Toronto's 'gay village'

Bruce McArthur, pictured, the ‘Santa Claus’ serial killer, had slaughtered eight men between 2010-2017- all of them disappeared from Toronto’s ‘gay village’

Before Bruce McArthur was prosecuted, the police would not speak to Judi. But after he was prosecuted, she tracked down a lead investigator who she called and was told that he had files on his computer of the men he had killed. Pictured: Judi with a picture of Jon

Before Bruce McArthur was prosecuted, the police would not speak to Judi.But after he was prosecuted, she tracked down a lead investigator who she called and was told that he had files on his computer of the men he had killed. Pictured: Judi with a picture of Jon

Judi told MailOnline: ‘At first I didn’t see any correlation with Bruce McArthur whatsoever but the moment I found out he was a landscaper and as I started to put the pieces together I was in full-blown panic mode.’

She added that he would travel to Toronto in between his remote computer jobs for manual labor work so that he could save money and then spend the summers sailing and camping on his sailboat.   

After November 2012, she said he stayed in hostels and shelters in Toronto where he found those jobs.   

He stayed at the same places as one of the victims.Bruce McArthur solicited laborers from that place, she added.

She explained that employees would fax jobs over to those places and in the morning the staff would read off the jobs. 

Judi said that Jon had also advertised on Craigslist that people could sail on his sailboat which she said was another possible way that they could have met. 

Pictured: A missing persons poster for Jon Riley, who has been missing for nine years, with details on how to contact police with information

Pictured: A missing persons poster for Jon Riley, who has been missing for nine years, with details on how to contact police with information

Speaking on the documentary, a woman called Dee spoke on the phone with Mobeen and described seeing them together shortly before he went missing.

Dee said: ‘I met Jon once in the village at the Second Cup coffee shop which is on Church Street and he was on the patio with Bruce McArthur.

‘He looked out of place, he seemed to be uncomfortable, he was very shy.Bruce McArthur was very animated and very loud and they were talking about how they had been doing landscaping together.

‘I wouldn’t have called the police if there was any doubt in my mind.

‘The police reached out to me as part of the investigation. They said just because I had encountered John Riley with Bruce McArthur it didn’t mean that Bruce McArthur had killed him.

‘But it was too much of a coincidence that Jon Riley came to the village, was doing landscaping with Bruce McArthur and had disappeared from the face of the earth.

‘I find that far too coincidental.’

Speaking on the documentary, a woman called Dee spoke on the phone with Mobeen and described seeing Jon and Bruce, pictured, together shortly before he went missing

 Speaking on the documentary, a woman called Dee spoke on the phone with Mobeen and described seeing Jon and Bruce, pictured, together shortly before he went missing

However, speaking to Mobeen, Detective Hank cast doubt over possible connections: ‘Mr Riley disappeared in 2013 and we know McArthur was logging his victims from 2010 onwards.

When asked if he could have been involved, Detective Hank added: ‘I don’t think so, no.

‘We have had discussions with Mr McArthur post conviction but he is a bit of a manipulator and if there is something out there he has not told us about it and maybe that’s because there is nothing out there or maybe that’s because he chooses not to tell us.’

Mobeen discovered that Bruce had worked as a Santa Claus in a local shopping center before he committed the murders.

Karen and Ron Fraser, the couple whose garden Bruce used to bury remains, showed him a tape in which he spoke about the work he was doing.

He was once a friend of Karen and Ron’s, doing gardening work for them.Speaking of the tape, Mobeen said he showed empathy and sympathy.

Karen said: ‘That’s right, that’s what we thought. Maybe he just never thought he was going to get caught.’

Investigators sift through compost looking for human remains behind Fraser's home in 2018

Investigators sift through compost looking for human remains behind Fraser’s home in 2018

Fraser and her husband are seen outside their home in Toronto as investigators began searching for the remains of McArthur's victims in January 2018

Fraser and her husband are seen outside their home in Toronto as investigators began searching for the remains of McArthur’s victims in January 2018 

Speaking on Jon’s case, Judi said that police would not take a missing persons report at first. 

After the Bruce McArthur murders, a panel of one judge and some attorneys investigated what happened with the police investigation. 

Judi said she had called that panel ‘over and over’ until they spoke with her.

She continued: ‘I had the opportunity to speak with them and share my story about the difficulties of reporting a person missing in Canada and that the laws needed to change. 

After the 36-month investigation the judge called her and asked if they could write a letter on behalf of their family requesting a proper investigation into the disappearance of her brother.

Police are are now investigating for the first time since 2013. 

Judi told MailOnline: ‘In November 2021 they took my DNA and my mom’s DNA and filed it in the new Familia DNA database for the missing.At the time they were identifying victims of Bruce McArthur they did not have my brother’s DNA. There are no answers so far.’

‘For the first time since my brothers disappearance it is being investigated. On this journey I have learned the shortcomings of missing persons in Canada.The judge from the panel has been advocating for change. They put together a summary of how the system should change. One year later nothing has changed.’

She explained that police had been ready to wrap up the case before this investigation opened.

Detective Hank told Mobeen in the show: 'We've got a situation where there's definitely failings by the police. We have got this monster who is able to manipulate individuals and the police.' Bruce McArthur is pictured center in a court sketch from a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison

Detective Hank told Mobeen in the show: ‘We’ve got a situation where there’s definitely failings by the police.We have got this monster who is able to manipulate individuals and the police.’ Bruce McArthur is pictured center in a court sketch from a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison 

Detective Hank told Mobeen in the show: ‘We’ve got a situation where there’s definitely failings by the police.We have got this monster who is able to manipulate individuals and the police.’

Judi spoke of her brother:  ‘Jon is amazing, he is the quintessential big brother. He is very outdoorsy.

‘The tense when I speak about him I try to keep him in present tense because he is missing.

‘I miss Jon enormously and my life will never be the same without him.So much of who I am as a person comes from having Jon as someone to look up to and to hang out with. 

 ‘He doesn’t sweat the small stuff and is an eternal optimist. I try to honor him by living my best life because I know he would not want me to live my days blanketed in grief.I now limit my time each week and try to also limit my grief to the windows of time while I continue to investigate.

‘Jon would never stop looking for me if I had disappeared. I will do the same for him. If I can’t find my brother I will at the very least change the way police handle the missing in Canada in his honor so no other family will go through what we have experienced.

‘I do not know what happened to my brother.It is a big question mark. I believe there is a chance there is a connection. Only Bruce McArthur knows the answer and he is not talking.’

Toronto Police said Jon Riley’s disappearance is an Ontario Provincial Police investigation.

The first episode of Santa Claus: The Serial Killer is on BBC Three at 9pm on 6th November 

Only 1.1million watched the first episode of The Crown's fifth series

The first episode of the new series of The Crown was watched by 1.1 million on the opening day of its release – about a seventh of the figure that watched I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!on on the same day.

While the series had been backed up with a huge marketing campaign and lots of publicity, the opening programme was still a long way short of the jungle-based reality show on ITV, which got about eight million viewers.

It was also a long way from of the 4.52 million that tuned into the 6.30pm regional news programme on BBC1 or the 4.47m that watched the News at Six on the same channel.

There has been huge controversy in the weeks leading up to the new series of The Crown over the way it has portrayed individuals and events.Dame recently said the show seemed ‘willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism’.

The first episode of the fifth series of The Crown was watched by 1.1million people on the day of its release (pictured: Dominic West as Prince Charles)

The first episode of the fifth series of The Crown was watched by 1.1million people on the day of its release (pictured: Dominic West as Prince Charles)

Less people watched the first episode of the hotly-anticipated new series was than others did the 6pm news on BBC (pictured: Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana)

Less people watched the first episode of the hotly-anticipated new series was than others did the 6pm news on BBC (pictured: Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana) 

The viewing figures for the royal drama, which sees Imelda Staunton replace Olivia Colman in the role of the Queen, was also less than BBC1’s long-running daytime show Bargain Hunt, which got 1.4 million.

But The Crown did beat all of the shows in BBC2’s post-7pm schedule and also got a higher audience than Channel 4 shows including Grand Designs and Sue Perkins’ Big American Road Trip.

Netflix has recently joined the Barb audience measurement system which means that for the first time its overnight ratings are available alongside those of other TV services.

The Crown figures are based on the number of people streaming, while the I’m A Celebrity numbers are based on the traditional TV audience rating system.

The Crown figures are based on the number of people streaming, while the I'm A Celebrity numbers are based on the traditional TV audience rating system. (Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles)

The Crown figures are based on the number of people streaming, while the I’m A Celebrity numbers are based on the traditional TV audience rating system.(Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles) 

The 1.1m for the first episode of the drama, which also stars Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, pictured, is much higher than the figures for the best rated show on the first day Netflix's audience figures were made public

The 1.1m for the first episode of the drama, which also stars Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, D77 Slot pictured, is much higher than the figures for the best rated show on the first day Netflix’s audience figures were made public

The 1.1m for the first episode of the drama, which also stars Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana and Dominic West as Prince Charles, is much higher than the figures for the best rated show on the first day Netflix’s audience figures were made public.

On that occasion, The Watcher had attracted 120,918 ‘views’.

One unlikely outcome of the new series is that it has turned the former Prime Minister John Major into a sex symbol.

Viewers on social media admitted they found Jonny Lee Miller’s portrayal of the politician very alluring.

One wrote that ‘nothing could have prepared me for sexy John Major’ while another said: ‘The Crown has turned John Major into this sexy, moody, working class hero’.

Australian monarchists call for The Crown and Netflix to be boycotted

Australian monarchists have called for viewers to boycott The Crown and , outraged at ‘falsehoods and inaccuracies’ portrayed about the royal family in the latest series.

The fifth season largely focuses on the marriage breakdown of the late and the new and also features a fictitious scene where the future monarch is seen discussing a potential plan to oust . 

Controversy about that scene led the streaming service to add a disclaimer to the series’ season trailer saying the show is a ‘fictional dramatisation’ that is ‘inspired by real events’.

In a scathing statement, Australian Monarchist League chairman, Philip Benwell, said while the organisation has never endorsed the show, the latest season is ‘not in any way reflective of the actual situations’.

Mr Benwell called on ‘monarchists and right-minded people’ to boycott both the show and streaming service Netflix due to the ‘falsehoods and inaccuracies’ in the show. 

Australian monarchists are outraged at the 'falsehoods and inaccuracies' portrayed about the royal family in the newest series of The Crown, calling for viewers to boycott both the show and its platform Netflix

Australian monarchists are outraged at the ‘falsehoods and inaccuracies’ portrayed about the royal family in the newest series of The Crown, calling for D77toto viewers to boycott both the show and its platform Netflix

Season five of the show largely focuses on the marriage breakdown of the late Princess Diana and the new King, Charles and has been met with widespread criticism over its factual inaccuracies

Season five of the show largely focuses on the marriage breakdown of the late Princess Diana and the new King, Charles and has been met with widespread criticism over its factual inaccuracies

Mr Benwell said the disclaimer on the trailer was ‘inadequate’ and should state the events shown ‘are not in any way reflective of the actual situations’. 

‘Whilst it [Netflix] has since added an inadequate disclaimer to its marketing for The Crown, saying the show is a “fictional dramatisation”, “inspired by real-life event” it should nevertheless state that the real-life events depicted are not in any way reflective of the actual situations described as they are entirely imagined and scripted accordingly,’ Mr Benwell said

Australian Monarchist League chairman, Philip Benwell (pictured), said while the organisation has never endorsed the show, the latest season is 'not in any way reflective of the actual situations'

Australian Monarchist League chairman, Philip Benwell (pictured), said while the organisation has never endorsed the show, the latest season is ‘not in any way reflective of the actual situations’

‘If they are not, the droves of people who will leave Netflix will undoubtedly prove them wrong.’

The latest season has copped criticism from Dame Judi Dench and former UK prime ministers Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major.

In a letter to the UK’s Times newspaper, Ms Dench said the show ‘seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism’.

She also accused Netflix of misleading viewers by not stating the scenes in the episodes are not ‘wholly true’.

Netflix is yet to add a disclaimer to any individual episodes but has added one to the trailer after mass criticism about the show's accuracy, including from actor Dame Judi Dench

Netflix is yet to add a disclaimer to any individual episodes but has added one to the trailer after mass criticism about the show’s accuracy, including from actor Dame Judi Dench

Mr Benwell said the show creates a ‘clearly fictitious narrative’ and said the timing of the show’s release – just two months after the Queen’s passing – was ‘disgraceful’.

‘It is one thing to create a clearly fictitious narrative such as Robin Hood, but quite another to purposefully build a series including falsehoods and inaccuracies about people still living,’ Mr Benwell said.

‘It is also disgraceful that Netflix is airing their new series two months after the death of the Queen and just over six months from the coronation of the King about whom the series contains falsehoods.

‘I believe that Netflix has been negligent in its duty to the public by not providing any sort of accuracy about such “real-life events”.’

Netflix said in a statement: ‘The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events. 

‘Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinised and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians.’

Season five of The Crown was released on Netflix on November 9.

Season five of The Crown was released on Netflix on November 9

Season five of The Crown was released on Netflix on November 9

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV

Interviews…Dame

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Rating: ****

Dame Judi Dench twinkles so tirelessly that to call her a national treasure misses the point.She ought to be our national Christmas tree decoration.

Star of the National Theatre stage and TikTok, she’s known to countless millions worldwide as James Bond’s spymaster, M; at the door of her cottage is a mat emblazoned with the words ‘I’ve been expecting you, Mr Bond’.

‘That’s not for you,’ she told her guest, on Louis Theroux Interviews…Dame Judi Dench (BBC2). The implication was that it is there in case Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig drops round for tea.

The conversation when they do will be resolutely light and, well, twinkly. You won’t catch Dame Judi indulging in maudlin chat.She refused to answer Louis’s questions about mortality or the afterlife.

Most of his forays were deflected with mischievous jokes. Whenever he referred to his research, or produced video clips from her decades of theatre triumphs, she teasingly accused him of being sneaky.

The conversation when they do will be resolutely light and, well, twinkly. You won't catch Dame Judi indulging in maudlin chat. She refused to answer Louis's questions about mortality or the afterlife

The conversation when they do will be resolutely light and, well, twinkly.You won’t catch Dame Judi indulging in maudlin chat. She refused to answer Louis’s questions about mortality or the afterlife

Twice she threatened to throw him out, for daring to mention her movies that fell short of Shakespearean heights, such as The Chronicles Of Riddick — sci-fi twaddle with Hollywood’s Vin Diesel.

She could hardly refuse to make the film, Judi explained: Mr Diesel sent so many bouquets to her dressing room at the Old Vic they went halfway down the corridor.

Louis’s guileless interrogation techniques were hardly needed.Dame Judi eagerly chatted about her favourite roles and reminisced about her late, adored husband, Michael Williams.

She is fiercely loyal to friends, even those whose reputation is wrecked and who can never be of any use to her future career.The disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, now in jail for a catalogue of sexual assaults, was always a gentleman to her, she insisted.

‘He was jokey and funny and kind and complimentary,’ she said, adding that, nevertheless, she had the utmost sympathy for the women he abused.

Hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding amused themselves by addressing her as Prulio Iglesias, the Spanish singer. They forgot to mention the hits Baking The Beguine and To All The Girls I've Loafed Before

 Hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding amused themselves by addressing her as Prulio Iglesias, the Spanish singer.They forgot to mention the hits Baking The Beguine and To All The Girls I’ve Loafed Before

This was a rare moment when the conversation turned serious. She preferred her Hollywood tales to be playful and light — revealing, for instance, that when Clint Eastwood is directing, he’s as taciturn as he is in front of the camera.The Man With No Name doesn’t say ‘Action!’ or ‘Cut!’, just ‘In your own time’ and ‘Stop’.

Mostly, Judi was happy to send herself up with stories about filming TV ads or even her parrot Sweetheart’s reaction when she tripped and fell recently.’Wotcha doing?’ the bird repeated for half an hour.

She was fearlessly honest about her failing sight, from macular degeneration. If the chat strayed into unwanted areas, though, she diverted it expertly — often by asking Louis about himself.She did this so well we need a return match: Dame Judi Interviews… Louis T. He’ll be powerless to keep any secrets from her.

Prue Leith, on The Great British Bake Off (C4), Bonus Slot Online might make a colourful Christmas decoration too, with her gaudy glasses and multi-coloured beads.

Hosts Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding amused themselves by addressing her as Prulio Iglesias, the Spanish singer.They forgot to mention the hits Baking The Beguine and To All The Girls I’ve Loafed Before.

This was quarter-final week, when the show starts to get tense. The bakers were challenged to make sweet vol au vents and spring rolls, to demonstrate their pastry skills.

Not for the first time, in a series that has also featured Mexican recipes, these choices seemed a bit forced.Spring rolls — really?

Gale force of the night: The tail-end of Storm Claudio was shaking my windows as I watched Trawlermen: Hunting The Catch (C4). If bad weather can make a house seem to rock on its foundations, the effects at sea are shocking to imagine.How brave those fishermen are.

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Judi Dench gets emotional while discussing late husband's death

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Dame Judi Dench struggled to hold back her tears while discussing her late husband Michael Williams’ death in 2001 in a new interview.

The actress, 87, was appearing on BBC Two’s Louis Theroux Interviews with the documentary maker, 52, when she began to get emotional.

Louis said to her: ‘You were together from 71 to 2001…Are you OK talking about how it came to an end, how he came to die?’

Upset: Dame Judi Dench struggled to hold back her tears while discussing her late husband Michael Williams' death in 2001 in a new interview

Upset: Dame Judi Dench struggled to hold back her tears while discussing her late husband Michael Williams’ death in 2001 in a new interview

The Oscar winner replied: ‘Well he wasn’t well…I’m not good at it, actually. Yes, he died in 2001 of lung cancer. Smoking you see, all that smoking when we were young.

‘I was in New York and they said he was not well. My agent flew out and we came back on Concorde the next day and it aborted take-off.

‘We got off and we went back and said: “Oh, it’ll be alright.” We got on another plane and the same thing happened. It was a long old time to get back.

‘We got back here and we were all in the house together and that was very, very good indeed.’

Marriage: Dame Judi met her future husband, Michael Williams, when they were cast together in a theatre production. The two went onto have a 30 year marriage before his death from lung cancer in 2001 aged 65 (pictured in 1999)

Marriage: Dame Judi met her future husband, Michael Williams, when they were cast together in a theatre production. The two went onto have a 30 year marriage before his death from lung cancer in 2001 aged 65 (pictured in 1999)

Dame Judi met Michael when they were cast together in a theatre production, but recently revealed he’s not the only co-star she’s fallen in love with on stage.

The acting icon has mused about her ‘susceptibility’ to falling for her theatre co-stars, revealing she was smitten with her Hamlet stage partner John Neville. 

Speaking during an event at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End earlier this year, Dame Judi called their time together in 1958 ‘beautiful’.

Candid: The actress, 87, was appearing on BBC Two's Louis Theroux Interviews with the documentary maker, 52, when she began to get emotional

Candid: The actress, 87, was appearing on BBC Two’s Louis Theroux Interviews with the documentary maker, 52, when she began to get emotional

Opening up: Louis said to her: 'You were together from 71 to 2001... Are you OK talking about how it came to an end, how he came to die?'

Opening up: Louis said to her: ‘You were together from 71 to 2001…Are you OK talking about how it came to an end, how he came to die?’

Teary-eyed: The Oscar winner replied: 'Well he wasn't well... I'm not good at it, actually. Yes, he died in 2001 of lung cancer. Smoking you see, all that smoking when we were young'

Teary-eyed: The Oscar winner replied: Slot Deposit Pulsa Tanpa Potongan ‘Well he wasn’t well…I’m not good at it, actually. Yes, he died in 2001 of lung cancer. Smoking you see, all that smoking when we were young’

Daily Mail’s Richard Eden said the iconic star explained: ‘I was in Hamlet with John Neville. He was beautiful.It was beautiful.’

Asked if she fell in love with Neville, who died in 2011 aged 86, she replied: ‘Yes. I am very prone to it. I am very susceptible.’

‘It does not happen all the time, and it does not go to enormous extremes, but it is, perhaps, sharing [stage] fright that is so electrifying.’

Acclaimed theatre actor John Neville married his wife Caroline Hooper in 1949, and they had six children together. 

'Beautiful': Dame Judi has mused about her 'susceptibility' to falling for her theatre co-stars, revealing she was smitten with her Hamlet stage partner John Neville in 1958

‘Beautiful’: Dame Judi has mused about her ‘susceptibility’ to falling for her theatre co-stars, revealing she was smitten with her Hamlet stage partner John Neville in 1958

Dame Judi made her RSC debut as Anya in The Cherry Orchard in 1961 before starring in Twelfth Night and Macbeth.She later carved out an equally stellar film career. 

Her 30-year marriage to Michael was just as successful in real life as it was in the long-running sitcom A Fine Romance, in which they co-starred until his death from lung cancer in 2001 aged 65.

The couple married in 1971 and shared a daughter, Finty Williams, 48, who is also an actress.

The actress has been with her partner, the conservationist David Mills, for 12 years.Mills revealed last year that they considered tying the knot during the pandemic, even going to the extent of weighing up the benefits of marriage.

‘We hadn’t really looked into it before, but, during lockdown, we had a serious discussion, looking at the pros and cons,’ Mills told Richard Eden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

‘After a lot of thought, we decided against it and thought, “We are happy to stay as we are.”‘

Love: The actress has been with her partner, the conservationist David Mills, for 12 years (pictured together in 2015)

Love: The actress has been with her partner, the conservationist David Mills, for 12 years (pictured together in 2015) 

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