• World leaders and celebrities remember Nelson Mandela at joyous memorial service

    As he did in life, in death Nelson Mandela has united people from all walks of life, race and political opinion. At his rainswept memorial service in South Africa royalty, world leaders, a supermodel and an Oscar-winning actress, have come together with tens of thousands of ordinary people to celebrate his epic achievements. Barack and Michelle Obama flew in, sharing Air Force One with George W Bush and his wife Laura, as well as Hillary Clinton.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY At the service in the 95,000-strong Soweto stadium, where there is a party like atmosphere punctuated by the sound of vuvezulas, Britain is

  • Alternative Christmas dessert recipes

    Our fabulous festive dessert recipes — including boozy chocolate roulade with sloe gin and blackberries, panettone and ricotta pudding and Gizzi Erskine's sticky toffee figgy puddings — make delicious alternatives to traditional Christmas pudding. Click on the photo below for our inspiring gallery of recipes.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL

  • I'm A Celebrity stars Joey Essex and Amy Willerton confirm they are officially dating

    Joey Essex has confirmed he is dating fellow I'm A Celebrity contestant Amy Willerton. The popular TOWIE star told the Mirror, "Our first date was amazing. I'm very happy. Look at her, she's beautiful."   News of the romance won't come as a big surprise to the reality show's viewers, who spent weeks watching the pair cosying up in the jungle. Beauty queen Amy made a big impression on Joey from the start. "When I first saw Amy, I thought 'salty potato', then I really looked at her and was like 'woah, she's beautiful'. But then I got to know her and I realised

  • Angelina Jolie and kids have a roaring good time at Lion King musical

    Angelina Jolie mastered the art of combining work and motherhood once again when she took her six children to see The Lion King in Sydney, while she is there directing her latest film, Unbroken. The Hollywood star took Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, Shiloh, seven, Zahara, eight, and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne to the matinee performance of the famous Disney musical on Sunday, while hubby Brad Pitt works hard on the other side of the globe, filming The Fury in the UK. The Jolie-Pitt brood were in for even more of a treat, heading backstage after the performance to meet the

  • James Nesbitt supported by his estranged wife Sonia and their daughters at premiere

    Standing on the red carpet with his wife and daughters by his side, James Nesbitt was every bit the proud family man at the Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The British actor had every reason to smile. The show of unity comes two months after James confirmed that he and Sonia Forbes-Adams had spilt after 19 years together, suggesting the couple could be heading for a reunion.   In October, a spokesman confirmed that James, 48, and Sonia — parents to Peggy and Mary — had decided to split. "James and Sonia are living separately and have been for

  • Mary-Kate Olsen sparks wedding rumours to Olivier Sarkozy as she reportedly shops for engagement rings

    Wedding bells could be ringing soon for Mary-Kate Olsen. The fashion mogul has been spotted shopping for engagement rings in high-end Los Angeles boutique Neil Lane – on more than one occasion. The 27-year-old is said to have first visited the Neil Lane jewellery shop – whose creations are a favourite with Hollywood's biggest stars – back in mid-November and has returned several times since. So it seems the former child star may be coming closer to choosing her dazzling diamond to mark an engagement to boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy, the brother of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL

  • Lamar Odom strikes a plea deal and receives three year probation for DUI

    As he continues to take steps towards rebuilding his life, Lamar Odom settled his DUI charge on Monday by agreeing to three years of probation. An attorney for Khloé Kardashian's troubled husband appeared in court in California to enter a no-contest plea on his behalf.   Lamar has also agreed to attend a three-month alcohol-education program, and will pay $1,800 in fines and penalties. The 34-year-old basketball star was arrested on a DUI charge back in August, when a California Patrol Officer pulled him over for driving "too slowly" and in a "serpentine manner". After failing field sobriety tests and refusing to take a

  • Hilaria Baldwin shows off sculpted bikini body four months after giving birth

    New mum Hilaria Baldwin, who is married to Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin, has showed off her incredible post-baby figure in an Instagram photo. The yoga teacher, who gave birth to daughter Carmen in August, has no doubt turned to the form of exercise she knows best in order to regain her pre-pregnancy figure. The 29-year-old performs an impressive headstand for the beach photo wearing bright pink ruched bikini bottoms and a black bandeau top.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY "Last day in Hawaii... I'm gonna miss it here!!," she captioned the shot which was taken against a stunning blue sky backdrop on

  • Celebrity couples: music's most powerful pairs

    They said music is the food of love — and for many stars that old adage holds true. Many of our favourite musicians have found romance among their peers, from Britney and Justin to Jay Z and Beyoncé. Some romances have gone the distance, others have not. But as our gallery shows, often the very best musical collaborations take place outside the recording studio. Click on the photo below to read about music's hottest

  • Charlize Theron, Bono and Naomi Campbell pay respects to Nelson Mandela at uplifting memorial service

    More than any other politician of ages past or present, Nelson Mandela was able to call the biggest celebrities in the world his friends. On Tuesday, a roll call of famous faces, led by Charlize Theron, Naomi Campbell and Bono paid their respects to a man whose star appeal was unequalled.   CLICK ON PHOTOS FOR FULL GALLERY   Also joining the tens of thousands in the rainlashed Soweto stadium at his memorial service was Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Norway's Prince Haakon, Queen Rania of Jordan and Prince Felipe of Spain. The biggest cheer of the day came when Barack Obama was introduced

  • Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing confesses love for Lucy Watson

    Lucy Watson broke down in tears after her on-off romantic interest Jamie Laing confessed his love for her on Monday night's episode of Made in Chelsea. The pair were nearing the end of their safari holiday in South Africa, where they were accompanied by Lucy's ex-boyfriend Spencer Matthews and Jamie's former love interest Phoebe-Lettice Thompson. Needing to clear the air, Jamie paid Lucy a night time visit to her bedroom.   Lucy Watson "God, this is death," said Jamie. "I have a big problem right now. I'm in love with you." "I don't think you are," Lucy replied. "In the early stages I really liked you

  • Honouring the life of Nelson Mandela: the memorial service in pictures

    Tens of thousands gathered in the rainswept Soweto Stadium in South Africa's Johannesburg on Tuesday to honour Nelson Mandela, revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century. America's President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle joined other world leaders and political figures including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and former PM's Tony Blair and John Major, as well as celebrities such as South African actress Charlize Theron, U2 frontman Bono and supermodel Naomi Campbell.  Europe's royals also flew to South Africa to join with the nation as they came together to celebrate

  • Christmas TV: the top ten films to watch this holiday

    Families in the UK love nothing more than putting their feet up in front of the telly and watching festive films at Christmas. SCROLL DOWN FOR LIST OF TOP TEN FILMS. A staggering 74 per cent of the blockbuster-loving nation said they didn't feel the holidays had truly arrived until they'd seen their favourite classic, new research has shown. On average, the British population watches up to 13 films over the Christmas period.   The top ten movies, according to TalkTalk TV, are: 1. Home Alone 2. It's a Wonderful Life 3. White Christmas 4. The Snowman 5. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 version) 6. Love Actually 7. Elf 8. Santa Claus: The Movie 9. The

  • Wedding day hair: how to master the elegant up-do

    Many brides choose to have their hair swept up for the big day, to keep their locks neatly in place and out of the way. A classic twisted top-knot has always been popular, while the elegant bridal chignon harks back to Audrey Hepburn's chic look. Click on the photo below to find out how to get the perfect bridal bun in six easy steps, as advised by Ashley White, director at hairdressers Taylor Taylor London.   CLICK ON PHOTO ABOVE FOR STEP-BY-STEP

  • Paul Walker's team thank fans for 'the most incredible outpouring of support'

    Paul Walker's team have thanked fans for "the most incredible outpouring of support" following a memorial event. They posted a collage of the scenes from the site set up in honour of the Fast & Furious star in California on Facebook. "We've seen the most incredible outpouring of support from Paul Walker fans over the past week," the caption read for the post which has amassed nearly 800,000 'likes'.   CLICK ON PHOTO FOR GALLERY "To those who have attended the many tributes worldwide, posted heartfelt messages online, and supported his charity Reach Out Worldwide -- we'd just like to say THANK YOU. "Your gestures

  • Kate's wedding day tiara to go on display in Paris

    The dazzling tiara worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day to Prince William will go on display in Paris. The beautiful 'halo' headpiece, designed by Cartier, will form part of the biggest ever display of creations by the brand during an exhibition at the Grand Palais in the French capital. The display will also include Princess Grace of Monaco's sparkling engagement ring.   The 'halo' headpiece worn by Kate on her big day The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled in the tiara as she tied the knot with Prince William, btu she wasn't the first royal lady to wear the headpiece. It was lent to

  • Tips for looking LBD fabulous

    In the spirit of timeless fashion, we're taking a look at a style staple that transcends catwalk updates and seasonal trends; the little black dress. It's a fashion must-have for any girl’s wardrobe and there are endless styles to choose from. However, finding the LBD confidence to match isn't always as easy. To help you to look and feel fabulous in your little black dress, here are a few essential tips to make you stand out from the crowd. Pamper perfect Before you even consider your chosen LBD, it's important to feel good inside and out. Beauty isn't confined to

  • William and Kate top the list of ideal Christmas dinner guests

    William and Kate are regulars on the society dinner party circuit and regularly support their various charities at black tie events. Now the royal power couple have topped the list of famous faces that people would like to invite to share their Christmas dinner. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge beat off competition from TOWIE star Joey Essex, Stephen Fry, Harry Potter author JK Rowling and heartthrobs George Clooney and Harry Styles in the poll conducted by gift website personalise.co.uk.   The new parents, who are famed for being friendly and down-to-earth, will of course be spending over the festive period with their

  • Mark Wright reveals Christmas plans

    Mark Wright has revealed that he views Christmas differently now that he's in a "proper" relationship. The former TOWIE star, who is engaged to Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan, said that he would be putting more thought into his Christmas presents this year. "I can't really remember the most romantic gift I've ever given before," Mark told HELLO! Online. "But now that I'm in a proper relationship, I'm definitely going to give more sentimental presents."   As an ambassador for Littlewoods, Mark recently handed out presents to mums who had stopped by the company's Liverpool store Littlewoods' specially for mums' grotto. "I was giving out

  • Berry gratin pots

    Such a lovely simple recipe with a definite touch of class. Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients 4 Freedom Food eggs, separated 250mls Freedom Food milk 250mls condensed milk 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste 100g sugar 1 tbsp corn flour Juice 1 lemon Splash of rum or Grand Marnier if you have it. 500g berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or cranberries for festive flavour) Method Heat the milk and condensed milk on a low heat with the vanilla pod (which should be halved and seeds scraped out) or the vanilla paste. Don’t allow it to boil. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and corn flour and

  • Christmas ice cream bombe

    The alternative Christmas pudding – makes a stunning centre piece, this dessert has the definite wow factor! Serves 10-12 Ingredients 200g dried fruit (sultanas, sour cherries, cranberries, blueberries) 6 tbsp brandy or dark rum (optional) 2 tbsp dark brown sugar 350ml double cream 300g Rachel’s Greek Style Bio Live Natural Yogurt 100g Rachel’s Low Fat Vanilla Bio Live Yogurt 200g frozen berries (raspberries or mixed summer) Sauce 200g cranberries, fresh or frozen 100g caster sugar 1 tbsp cornflour 2 tbsp water Method 1. Soak the dried fruit with the brandy and dark brown sugar and leave overnight. If you are short of time microwave the fruit on high for 2-3 minutes 2. Line a 2 litre

  • Boozy chocolate roulade with sloe gin and blackberries

    Wow friends and family with this impressive looking chocolate dessert – made with sloe gin and blackberries. Serves 8 Prep: 45 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Cooling: 3-4 hours Ingredients 200g (7oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces 5 large eggs, separated 175g (6oz) caster sugar, plus a little extra 50g (2oz) ground hazelnuts 2 tablespoons hot water 225g (8oz) blackberries 3 tablespoons sloe gin, cherry brandy or kirsch 400ml (14fl oz) double cream 2 tablespoons icing sugar Chocolate holly leaves and extra blackberries to decorate Method 1) Preheat the oven to 180C (350F), Gas Mark 4. Cut a rectangle of non-stick baking paper a little larger than a 34 x 23 cm (13 1/2 x 9 1/2

  • David Cameron says he's on 'Team Nigella' as trial continues

    David Cameron has revealed he's a massive fan of TV chef Nigella Lawson while her fraud court case against two former personal assistants continues. When asked if he was on 'Team Nigella' – the informal name for her group of supporters – the prime minister replied, "I am. I'm a massive fan." He added, "I've had the great pleasure of meeting her a couple of times and she always strikes me as a very funny and warm person, but I’m also an amateur cook and I like her recipes.   "Nancy [his nine-year-old daughter] and I sometimes watch a bit of Nigella on