13 JUNE 2007

He's the man called upon to play some of the silver screen's toughest, hardest characters. But there was nothing faintly intimidating about former footballer-turned actor Vinnie Jones when he attended a friend's dinner party in London this week. In fact, he looked more like a love-struck teenager as he took his beloved wife Tanya for a swirl on the dance floor and showed no inhibitions as he displayed some cheesy dance moves for his other half.

If there's anyone who can make the beefy Lock, Stock And Two Smoking barrels star turn to mush it's Tanya, to whom he's been married since 1994 and who recently appeared alongside him in a humorous motorist rescue ad. The former Welsh football captain has often spoken of his love for the mother of his two children and the trauma of her having to undergo a heart transplant due to complications following the birth of their first baby.

He is always there to hold her hand during her annual health check-up and clearly loves spending every minute in her company. The pair, who celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary this month, were all smiles at Tuesday's bash in jockey Frankie Dettori's restaurant Frankie's where Vinnie's manager Peter Burrell was hosting a dinner party.

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A big softie at heart, screen villain Vinnie gazes into the eyes of his beloved wife Tanya on the dancefloor at the London bashPhoto: © RexClick on photo to enlarge
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The pair, who appeared together in a TV ad for the RAC, are celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary this month and are clearly as close as everPhoto: © Rex
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