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The Harry Potter actor who left his wife for an actress 18 years older

She later said she couldn’t believe she had married him

Finding out about the off-screen lives of your favourite childhood TV characters will never not be strange. Nobody was thinking about the Dark Lord’s love life while he was busy bumping off muggles throughout the Harry Potter franchise. But back in the 90s, Voldemort actor Ralph Fiennes had such a dramatic end to his marriage that he couldn’t keep it under the radar from his position in Hollywood.The 58 year old actor also well known for his starring role in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and as M in the three most recent James Bond movies, left his wife for an actress 18 years older.

Ralph had met his wife, Alex Kingston, way back in 1983 when they were both studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.They started dating the same year, and ten years later they married around the same time, Ralph starred in Schindler’s List, a role which saw his career begin to boom.At the same time Alex was also becoming an international movie star, after being cast in the series The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders.But just two years after the apparent power couple got married in 1997, Ralph, aged 32 left Alex for the then 50 year old Francesca Annis now known for her roles in Dune and The Libertine.

Francesca also ended a long term relationship to be with Ralph the mother of three had been with photographer Patrick Wiseman for over 20 years.Meanwhile Alex, feeling ‘worthless and suicidal after losing the man she had described as the love of her life, escaped Britain for a new life in LA.


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