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Baftas 2022: Martin Freeman and girlfriend Rachel Mariam cuddle up on red carpet
Martin Freeman and Rachel Mariam cosied up on the red carpet as they attended the Bafta TV awards together.The 2022 Bafta awards are proving one of the most exciting yet – not least because of the surprise announcement of the new Doctor Who lead.And as TV fanatics eagerly await the televised ceremony kicking off at 6pm, celebrities have been arriving to the red carpet in their droves.BBC Sherlock star Martin, 50, and girlfriend Rachel, 29, rocked up to the prestigious affair looking very chic indeed as they beamed for photographs before heading into the venue.French actress and writer Rachel, best-known for her roles in acclaimed shows Normal People and This Way Up, stunned in a plunging baby pink strappy dress.The star paired the colourful affair with black stilettos and wore her hair in natural curves, beaming at the cameras alongside her actor boyfriend.Martin, meanwhile, dressed for the occasion in a smart black tuxedo complete with a bowtie.The Desolation of Smaug star looked relaxed and happy beside his new flame, keeping an arm around her as they posed for photos.In another snap, Martin could be seen wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes from the brilliant sunshine that descended on London in time for the awards, as he kept an arm around Rachel all the while.Martin had been in a long-term relationship with fellow Sherlock star Amanda Abbington for 16 years, but the pair went their separate ways in 2016.The pair share two children: Joe, 16, and Grace, 13.Amanda, 48, and Martin met on the set of Men Only in 2000 and later starred as husband and wife John Watson and Mary Morston in the acclaimed BBC drama.It’s unclear how long Martin and Rachel have been dating, with the pair preferring to keep their personal life
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Richard Ayoade jokes he's only hosting TV BAFTAs for 'money' and 'no-one trusts him'
BAFTAs host Richard Ayoade joked that he only did the hosting job for "money" as he opened the show.The IT Crowd star, 44, spoke today (Sunday, May 8) as he took to the stage to kick off proceedings with a funny speech.Richard also joked that he "doesn't care" who won any of the night's awards and also said that "stars don't trust me".The ceremony marked a return to a full glitz and glamour in-person event, after the awards were disrupted for two years by the pandemic.Comedian, presenter and Richard hosted the event, which celebrated the depth of talent across Britain's TV industry, for the third consecutive year.However, he also joked that this would be his last time hosting the show.Presenters at the star-studded ceremony included Michelle Keegan, Sex Education's Aimee Lou Wood, Giovanni Pernice, Lee Mack, Lorraine Kelly, Martin Freeman, Rochelle Humes, Rose Ayling-Ellis, Suranne Jones, Susanna Reid, Tom Daley and Oscar-winning actress Olivia Coleman.Mocking the back-slapping nature of awards ceremonies, Richard cheekily added: "Nobody works harder than stars. Other than people in other professions."Channel 4's AIDS drama It's A Sin led the nomination pack, with an impressive 11 nods, including one for lead actor Olly Alexander.Richard's first TV BAFTA ceremony, held in July 2020, was a virtual ceremony due to the pandemic, with many praising Richard's hosting as "perfect".The ceremony was held behind closed doors, with its celebrities accepting awards via video link, and no audience in sight, except for six presenters in the studio.For more of the latest showbiz news from Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.
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Amanda Abbington feared Whitney Houston ghost would appear in hotel room she died
Amanda Abbington stayed in the same hotel room that Whitney Houston died in, and was worried that her ghost might appear and sing to her.The Sherlock actress, 48, stayed at the iconic Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, America – the same hotel where singer Whitney drowned in the bath back in 2012.Not only did she stay for four nights in the same hotel, but she stayed in the same room that Whitney resided and then sadly died.A maid told Amanda about the history of the suite, before adding that it had all been "refreshed" with everything replenished and replaced.The star is apparently happy with two ghosts residing in her family home, but Amanda began to feel Whitney’s presence during her stay and dubbed it as "really scary".Amanda said: "I was going, ‘Please don’t appear. Don’t stand over me singing I Will Always Love You.’ It was really scary."On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.Paramedics found her submerged in the bath when they arrived at around 3:30pm.When they arrived she was unresponsive, despite the medics performing CPR, and then pronounced dead 25 minutes later at 3:55pm.More than a month later on March 22, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reported that the singer's death was caused by drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" with her death listed as an "accident".Amanda Abbington shares two children with her ex-husband Martin Freeman.