Comic legend Leslie Phillips has told of his happiness after marrying for the third time at the age of 89.
He revealed he fell for his much younger bride, Zara Carr, while she showed him kindness as he grieved for second wife Angela Scoular, after she committed suicide.
The Carry On star confessed he never expected to marry again but social worker Zara, who knew Angela, soon stole his heart.
They became close following the tragedy in 2011. Bond Girl Angela had been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer before she took her own life, aged 65.
Two-and-a-half years on, selfconfessed ladies’ man Leslie is now looking forward to spending the rest of his days with divorcee Zara, who is in her 50s.
He said: “She looked after me during that very difficult time after Angela died and she was wonderful. “She lived close by and she would pop in to make sure I was looking after myself. That was important.
“That’s the kind of person she is. She looks after everyone and she looked after me. It didn’t just happen straight away – we became friends and gradually we learnt to love each other so we wanted to get married. We got engaged six months ago.”
Speaking on Friday’s wedding day he said: “It’s an emotional day but it’s a happy one because I love her to bits.
“You think about getting married again at 89 and it sounds absurd but here today it feels anything but absurd. It feels right and I am very happy. We did it!”
Following a quiet civil ceremony at a library in Mayfair in the morning, the newlyweds invited family and friends to a blessing at St Mark’s Church in
Hamilton Terrace, North London.
Turkish-born Zara said: “I am just over the moon that this is happening. I am so happy.”
Three of Leslie’s four children by his first wife Penny Bartley, who died from a stroke in her early 50s, were there to show their support, along with numerous grandchildren andgreat-grandchildren.
“I can’t even remember how many there are any more,” joked Leslie. “Definitely over 30… 34 maybe? They’re not all here because some of them are at university and they have holiday jobs they have to keep up with and they couldn’t get time off but they are all happy for us.
“One of my sons couldn’t come because he was working abroad but I get on famously with Zara’s son. He’s a smashing chap and he’s here.
“We have been very lucky with all the support and there have been no negative reactions about the age difference.”
Leslie claims he doesn’t even know how big the age gap is between them. He said: “I’m marrying her but I don’t even know how old she is. I was brought up never to ask a lady her age so I haven’t. But age has never been important to me. She’s a very special person and that’s what matters.
“People won’t be surprised I’m marrying again at 89. Women have always been a big part of my life. How old someone is doesn’t matter. We enjoy one another’s company, we both like to write and to go travelling. We have a lot in common. What else we enjoy doing together is none of
He stops just short of using his famous catchphrase, “Ding dong!”
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