HELLO! magazine 1706

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in her beautiful home in andalusia paula babiano

Following in her parents’ footsteps to become a successful lawyer, Paula Babiano’s career saw her working in one of Spain’s most prestigious firms. But little by little, she came to realise that her heart wasn’t in it. What’s more, she realised that life could be, literally, much sweeter. As a child, she’d spent summers with her grandparents at their gorgeous house overlooking Gibraltar, where she loved helping her grandfather make delicious cakes and desserts for the family. Baking was still her passion, and friends were queuing up to sample her creations. “My company, Balbisiana, was born in 2017 out of a lunch party,” she tells us. “I’d brought along a banoffee pie for dessert. Some Madrid restaurateurs were there, and they asked me to supply one of their restaurants.” From there, it all took…

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on a glittering night for british talent the emmys ‘the crown’ reigns supreme as stars wow on the red carpet

Hollywood glamour was once again out in full force and British talent did us proud as the brightest stars of the small screen assembled on both sides of the pond for the Emmy Awards. Back to its fashionable best after last year’s ceremony was held virtually because of the pandemic, the 73rd Primetime Emmys did not disappoint when it came to delivering a dazzling display of dramatic red-carpet gowns, with The Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy making a stylish move in a sweeping two-tone yellow Dior Haute Couture gown and actress and singer Cynthia Erivo wearing an eye-catching Louis Vuitton number with peacock-inspired plumage. However, the undeniable queen of the evening was The Crown’s Olivia Colman, who took home Best Actress in a Drama Series as she and fellow Britons including Kate…

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living the pop star life on tour amy dowden on why tom fletcher is ‘strictly’ the best partner

As if being a professional on the nation’s most dazzling dancing competition weren’t enough, Amy Dowden’s life has got even more glamorous. With her Strictly Come Dancing partner Tom Fletcher on tour as part of McFly, the 31-year-old Caerphilly-born dancer is hotfooting it around the rehearsal studio by day and then taking to the stage in front of roaring crowds of thousands by night. “I’m definitely embracing the pop-star lifestyle,” she tells HELLO!. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. “I’m a McFly superfan, so it’s a dream come true. My younger self would be fangirling – actually, I am fangirling, right now.” Amy has joined the band on stage in Manchester and at Wembley and knows “the order of every song and when the fireworks are coming”. She even gets her own dressing room,…

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olympic champion and mum of two amy williams

With two lively sons and a husband working long hours as a captain in the army, the stamina that helped Amy Williams become a gold medal-winning Olympic champion comes in handy on the home front. And inspiringly, it has even led the 38-year-old former skeleton bobsled racer not only to find the time and energy to launch a new company during lockdown, but also to write a book. “It’s definitely been a labour of love and has meant me slogging away at the computer until 11 o’clock at night,” Amy says, inviting HELLO! to the home she shares with Craig Ham, her husband of six years, and their sons Oscar, four, and Alfie, two. “I’m so excited about it as it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I won my gold, as a…

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dame elizabeth taylor

A decade after her death at the age of 79, Hollywood legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor is getting star billing once more thanks to a new book. Forever Elizabeth: Iconic Photographs of a Legendary Star charts the actress at different stages of a career that spanned decades and won her two Academy Awards – as well as the hearts of seven husbands and thousands of adoring fans. Featuring rare and unseen images by eight renowned photographers, including Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Gered Mankowitz, the book includes behind-the-scenes shots from her 1968 film Boom! taken on location in Sardinia (left), as well photos of her with her children. There are also candid photos of Elizabeth in London’s South Bank in 1963 with her Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton (above), whom she went on to marry…