MARK TIES THE KNOT-FLER AGAIN; TV Kitty Is Wife No 3 in Paradise Wedding

By Wright, Matthew | The Mirror (London, England), February 18, 1997 | Go to article overview

MARK TIES THE KNOT-FLER AGAIN; TV Kitty Is Wife No 3 in Paradise Wedding


Wright, Matthew, The Mirror (London, England)


Millionaire rock star Mark Knopfler has secretly tied the knot with his actress lover Kitty Aldridge.

The twice-married Dire Straits guitarist said "I do" at a Valentine's Day ceremony in a luxury holiday villa on the Caribbean island of Barbados.

Their surprise wedding was witnessed by just a handful of pals and the 15-strong gospel choir who sang at the service.

Princess Diana's favourite guitarist has been dating Kitty, who starred in the hit BBC drama To Play The King, for three years.

They left their pounds 1 million mansion in Notting Hill, London, two weeks ago, giving friends no hint of their plans.

In Barbados, they were so busy organising their big day they were hardly seen outside their pounds 10,000-a-week rented lovenest.

Their secrecy paid off. Unlike Noel and Liam Gallagher, their marriage went without a hitch.

Kitty, who is 13 years younger than Mark, 47, wore a stunningly elegant white lace gown.

Her husband, who has made some pounds 20 million from Dire Straits, settled for a smart cream suit.

Scores of blue and white balloons soared skywards to mark the end of the simple service, held just 10 yards from the sea.

Later Mark and Kitty enjoyed drinks with their guests at the five-bedroom villa which boasts a swimming pool and tennis court.

Friends say Mark has become a changed man since meeting Kitty. "He has never been happier," one pal tells me.

His first marriage to childhood sweetheart Cathy broke up before his Dire Straits career took off.

His second, to French beauty Lourdes Salamone, was regarded as one of the strongest in showbusiness.

They had test-tube twins, Benji and Joseph, but Dire Straits's massive world tours drove the couple apart in 1992 after ten years together. Kitty, 34, who played the Prime Minister's mistress in To Play The King, has also been married before - to film director Neal Sundstom.

Last night, a pal said: "Mark's a very private person and didn't want a big showbiz wedding."

Unlucky dip

Former Soldier, Soldier star Robson Green's plans to invest pounds 100,000 of his pop earnings have turned sour.

Robson, 32, hoped to bring a touch of Beverly Hills to tiny Rothbury in Northumberland by adding a luxury swimming pool to his pounds 365,000 riverside hideaway.

But councillors complained the extension would be too big and not in keeping with the area.

I hear the move deeply disappointed the environment-friendly star who had promised to screen the new building with newly- planted trees.

Radcliffe and Lard's brew is just van-tastic

REVIEW

Mark "Fancy a brew?" Radcliffe and Marc "Lard" Riley erased any memories of the ginger whinger and his pitiful posse within minutes of making their Radio 1 breakfast show debut.

The dynamic duo, live from "the palace of glittering delights" in Manchester, were not afraid to take the rise out of themselves - a quality their odious predecessor distinctly lacked.

"We're bonkers, we are," said Mark, a little nervously, but with a knowing irony in his voice. …

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