Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHO'S MOVING Homes Gossip; Gemma Arterton Lorne Spicer Amy Macdonald Paul Merton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WHO'S MOVING Homes Gossip; Gemma Arterton Lorne Spicer Amy Macdonald Paul Merton

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Byline: Compton Miller

BRITAIN'S hottest new actress, Gemma Arterton, has settled in Highgate where two-bedroom flats in the old town can rent for [pounds sterling]600 a week. The move comes in the nick of time, as she describes her previous home as "a hole of a room in West Kensington that smelled of damp and had no window". In short, not a suitable abode for the star of BBC1's hit series Tess of the D'Urbervilles and the new James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.

The Gravesend welder's daughter shares her new home with her younger sister, singer Hannah Arterton. She previously lived with her ex-boyfriend, animator John Nolan, near Alexandra Palace. Since splitting up last summer, St Trinians's head girl Gemma has been linked with Spanish stuntman Eduardo Munoz and her Tess co-star, Eddie Redmayne..

AVE I Got News For You panelist Paul Merton has sold his three-bedroom Covent Garden penthouse near Kingsway for [pounds sterling]2.2 million. The split-level period conversion was notable for its glass-lift approach.

"Paul has bought a larger, more expensive pad in Bloomsbury," reports a neighbour. "He wanted somewhere with outside space." The gangling Parsons Green Tube-driver's son lives with comedienne Suki Webster and at weekends visits his six-bedroom house on a thatched Twenties estate at Fairlight, near Hastings.

He was previously married to award-winning actress Caroline Quentin and the late BBC producer Sarah Parkinson.

YOU might expect Lorne Spicer, presenter of BBC1's Car Booty, Cash in the Attic and Put Your Money Where Your

Mouth Is, to live in antiques city, Brighton. But this retired banknote printer's daughter refuses to leave Essex and has now swapped her Upminster home for a [pounds sterling]350,000 Edwardian house in Leigh-on-Sea near Southend. …

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