My Ex-Lover Will Help Me Move Home.(And No, I Do Not Mean Chris Tarrant); Former Eastenders Actress Debbie Arnold Has More on Her Mind Than 'Absolute Rubbish' Claims of an Affair with the TV Host-Renovation of Her Surrey House

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), April 15, 2007 | Go to article overview

My Ex-Lover Will Help Me Move Home.(And No, I Do Not Mean Chris Tarrant); Former Eastenders Actress Debbie Arnold Has More on Her Mind Than 'Absolute Rubbish' Claims of an Affair with the TV Host-Renovation of Her Surrey House


Byline: EVE MCGOWAN

Debbie Arnold's beautician is giving her a home pedicure and manicure at the kitchen table, surrounded by piles of newspapers detailing her supposed affair with Chris Tarrant. But the former East-Enders actress insists the claims she has been dating the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? TV host are 'absolute rubbish'.

What's really been at the forefront of her mind in recent weeks, she says, is doing up her four-bedroom house in Cobham, Surrey. And with her foot spa bubbling away, she is eager to set the record straight, shouting to be heard above the drills of the builders who are finishing the upstairs extension.

'I've known Chris for 25 years and I don't see him in a sexual way. He's like a golden retriever. There's more chance of me having an affair with Steve my builder.

'I'm immune to Chris's charms. He's a lovely guy but too old and wrinkly for me. I like younger men.' Instead, Debbie has been concentrating on transforming her detached Thirties home which she bought for [pounds sterling]420,000 in 2002. She has spent [pounds sterling]150,000 so far and hopes to make a hefty profit of at least [pounds sterling]400,000 when she puts it on the market in six weeks' time.

This is the first renovation project for the 50-yearold, who looks much younger, thanks to regular Botox sessions, a nose job and boob lift.

But she claims now to be a property expert after a three-year romance with local estate agent Neil Smith, 40. Neil is a director of upmarket estate agents Exclusively Surrey, which has offices in Cobham, Esher, Guildford and Leatherhead.

The pair met when Neil sold Debbie's house in Thames Ditton in the early Nineties. 'I learnt so much from Neil before we broke up in August,' she says.

'After he moved in with me, we used to go through property listings at weekends and he showed me round show homes. I started to realise the high spec you need to achieve the best asking price.' Despite a 'horrific break-up', when Debbie threw his belongings on to the drive, she doesn't bear a grudge and plans to trust Neil with the sale of her first project. 'I'll definitely be putting the house on with Neil when I come to sell - he's valued it between [pounds sterling]850,000 and [pounds sterling]900,000, but that may go up when he sees the finished job.

'Whatever his faults as a boyfriend, I trust him to get the best price for me. He's very good at his job.' At the moment, Debbie's builders are still entrenched - scaffolding covers the back of the house where they are finishing off a two-storey extension. This includes a light and airy open-plan kitchen/diner with uplighters and downlighters and built-in speakers, leading through full-height glass doors to the garden.

'I knew from looking at show homes that an open-plan kitchen is really important. It's a fantastic entertaining area and that's where families tend to live now. This room will be the wow factor,' says Debbie.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite is taking shape. It will include a walkin wardrobe, en suite bathroom and enormous bedroom with chaise longue and huge gilt mirrors. 'It's going to be a girly paradise,' she says. The builders will also spruce up

the facade, pave the drive and install decking in the garden and a stateofthe-art TV in the living room.

'These are the best builders around here - they were recommended by a friend who lives in the area,' says Debbie. 'They've not left this street in the past three years because all the neighbours keep hiring them. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

My Ex-Lover Will Help Me Move Home.(And No, I Do Not Mean Chris Tarrant); Former Eastenders Actress Debbie Arnold Has More on Her Mind Than 'Absolute Rubbish' Claims of an Affair with the TV Host-Renovation of Her Surrey House
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.