NED PORTEOUS & ANDREW SCARBOROUGH JOIN EMMERDALE 17

Emmerdale have announced the casting of two new characters set to turn Debbie Dingle’s life upside down this September.

Ned Porteous, familiar to EastEnders fans from his stint last year as Mark Fowler Junior, will play suave Tom Waterhouse and Downton Abbey‘s Andrew Scarborough takes the role of his right hand man, Graham Foster.

The posh pair cross paths with the Dingles when they become new clients for Debbie and mum Charity’s luxury car hire business. But as mother and daughter compete to clinch the deal, events take a surprising turn leaving Debbie’s fragile finances hanging by a thread.

Discussing his new role, Porteous said:

“I was really delighted to secure the part. I’ve never played a character like this before and I am very excited to see how his story develops!”

Scarborough said of his character Graham:

“He  is an interesting guy. He’s a bit enigmatic but  definitely has hidden depths, which I can’t wait to explore and he’s fiercely loyal to his boss Tom. I see Graham as being like like Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred in Batman!”

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RADIO 1 TEEN AWARDS 2017: WINNERS REVEALED 5

Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Little Mix, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and Mo Farah were amongst the names that won awards in the celebrity categories at Radio 1’s Teen Awards today – held at The SSE Arena, Wembley in front of a 10,000 audience of 14-17 year olds.

Now in its eighth year, the biggest event in the teen calendar was hosted by Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and co-host Rita Ora and featured performances from Liam Payne, Dua Lipa, The Vamps, Camila Cabello and co-host Rita Ora.

The inspirational stories and achievements of four amazing Radio 1 teen heroes were at the heart of the event – with stars from the world of entertainment, music and sport – including Luke Evans, Louisa Johnson, Ella Eyre, James Arthur, Tom Daley and the cast of EastEnders joining in the celebrations at the glitzy ceremony.

Radio 1’s Teen Hero Winners of 2017 are:

My Mind & Me Teen Hero Award for Mental Health – Holly (15) and Oliver (13)
Holly and Oliver offer psychological, emotional and physical care to their mum. Over the last 18 months Holly and Oliver have set up a charity called ‘The Adams Movement’, with their older brother Josh.

One Million Hours Teen Hero Award for Volunteering – Charlotte (17)
Having been though the care system herself, Charlotte is passionate about changing the future of care and uses her own experience to influence nationwide policy.

Generally Amazing Teen Hero Award – Harrison (12)
Harrison inspires other children with tackling obesity, anxiety and depression, after he turned his life around through exercise and changing his diet. Harrison documented his own journey via social media, inspiring other children to follow in his footsteps.

The celebrity awards were voted for by Radio 1’s listeners.

Full list of winners
Best TV Show – Love Island
Most Entertaining Celeb – Stormzy
Best International Group – The Chainsmokers
Best Film – Beauty and The Beast
Best British Group – Little Mix
Best Game – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Best British Solo Artist – Ed Sheeran
Best International Solo Artist – Ariana Grande
Best British Vlogger – Rose & Rosie
Best Single – Dua Lipa – New Rules
Best British Sports Star – Mo Farah

BROOKE LEWIS REFLECTS ON HER ‘OLD HOLLYWOOD’ MARRIAGE PROPOSAL 8

Whether you believe in love and marriage or not, it’s safe to say that most women dream about romantic proposals and their dream wedding. Brooke Lewis’ dreams have now come true as, in her own words: “Holding out for my true soul mate and best friend proved to be worth the wait, as I received the best night and birthday of a lifetime.”

Lewis met her now-fiancé Mark Steven almost two years ago, at which time she was working as a dating expert. The pair have since shared several incredible and romantic experiences together, with Brooke admitting: “Mark knows me better than anyone.”

A self-confessed control freak detective who cannot (or so she thought) be surprised, Lewis got the surprise of her life when, in wanting to create an extra special birthday for her, Mark pulled off her very own Old Hollywood Movie Proposal” – the kind she had always dreamed of.

Her birthday afternoon began by being taken to Glamourax salon to have her make-up done before after returning home for a while, at 4pm, she stepped out of the front door to find a 1940’s Cadillac limo waiting for the two of them. Taking a drive, with the bubbly opened, Mark made a toast and handed her the first of the nights’ surprises – orchestra seat tickets to see Hamilton.

With dinner reservations made, the limo made its way towards the Hollywood sign, a sight Lewis has always wanted to see, before detouring to drop them at the Griffith Observatory. Brooke explains what happened next:

“Mark took my hand and led me to the “James Dean” section with the greatest view of the Hollywood sign. At this point, it was 108 degrees, we were dripping in sweat. I was a total “Hot Mess” and told Mark I was going to take one photo, then I was ready to go. As I turned around, he was on one knee, PROPOSING! The rest is such a blur, as I looked up to see one of my favorite red carpet photographers, Greg Doherty, shooting photos of our engagement. Talk about feeling like a true movie Star!! Greg took us for a romantic photo shoot around the Observatory, as I cried tears of joy!”

The newly-engaged couple then moved on to dinner at one of Lewis’ old school New York places, Rao’s. Mark had reserved their favourite Tony Soprano table – Brooke’s actress dream is to play a role like Carmela Soprano – and then, in a moment that was completely unplanned, one of her favourite Frank Sinatra songs, “My Way” began to play. An evening at the theatre followed before the couple headed home for one last champagne toast.

Reflecting on her amazing night, Lewis says:

“I realize that a “hot mess” of a girl from across the country can have her Hollywood dreams come true.”

Congratulations to Brooke and Mark!

Photo credit: Greg Doherty. Make-up by Glamorax.