In the US the actress is best-known for her role as the CIA officer Carrie Mathison in the hit thriller programme Homeland. This show has famously been quoted as being President Obama’s favourite show which he has admitted to watching in his study when his wife and children go out. Claire’s co-star Damian Lewis was recently invited to a special event at the White House where he was shocked to find that he was sitting right by the President who took the opportunity to chat about his favourite show with him.
33-year old Claire and 37-year old Hugh met in 2006 while they were filming the 2007 romantic drama Evening directed by Hungarian director Lajos Koltai. They have been very sparing in details of their relationship so it was something of a surprise today when their representative confirmed to US magazine that Danes was expecting their child.
Although only 33 Claire has already had a long and successful career having won a Golden Globe at the age of just 15 years for her part as 15-year old Angela Chase in the cult high-school drama My So-Called Life.
Danes is a well-respected actor having played in a variety of dramatic roles during her film, television and theatrical career. She also received critical praise for her dance skills in Tamar Rogoff’s solo dance work “Christina Olson: American Model”, which was based on the main subject of US artist Andrew Wyeth’s most famous work Christina’s World.
Claire is clearly in a great place right now and said of her marriage to Dancy: “I like marriage. I feel very secure. It helps when you are in love with the person you are married to.
I do sometimes look at him and think, “You are really handsome.” He keeps me sane and happy.”
A Fox tv official has said that Dane’s pregnancy will not impact on Season 2 of Homeland which is due to begin showing in the US on 30 September this year. Die-hard Homeland fans will be getting a little worried no doubt about the prospects for Danes’s bi-polar CIA officer character appearing in a 3rd series though?
Absolute Radio was formerly known as Virgin Radio until the station rebranded itself in September 2008. As well as the evening’s main prize the station also achieved other success with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s show winning 2 other awards for best feature for his weekly guest spot and the specialist programme award.
As far as artists being played on the stations the 2 main awards went to Adele, who was not surprisingly the most played artist, and Jessie J who took the breakthrough artist award. Incidentally Adele’s award for most played artist had been won by Take That for all of the previous 4 years.
The evening was not all just about big names though as the award for best radio station with a population reach or TSA (Total Survey Area) of under 300k was won by Isle of Wight Radio.
Radio Man of the Moment 65-year old Ronnie Wood looked very pleased with his 2 awards and was accompanied by his 34-year old girlfriend Sally Humphreys, who wore a pink mini dress for the evening. The couple have been together since Sally’s theatrical production company were involved in Live at the Ambassadors, which as well as Ronnie Wood also featured Jools Holland, Mick Hucknall, Shakin’ Stevens and Ronnie’s Rolling Stones colleague drummer Charlie Watts. Sally also helped Ronnie write the latest edition of his autobiography.
Humphreys is a world away from Ronnie’s other recent choices of girlfriend. Many may well remember how his affair with Katia Ivanova, an 18-year old former cocktail waitress caused the break-up of his 23 year marriage to businesswoman and former model Jo Wood.
As a former self-acknowledged hellraiser (Ronnie has not hidden his struggles with drugs and alcohol) Wood has now been sober for 2 years and he is keen to say how it is Sally’s influence that has helped him to achieve this. He said: ‘Sally is such a talented lady, she is honestly one of the best people I know. I’ve met her parents and they are really good people.’
Other stars at the Arqiva Radio Awards included Kathryn Jenkins who turned up in a long flowing blue halterneck evening gown to accept her award of an induction into the Arqiva Hall of Fame for her work popularising classical music.