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Actress Julie Walters becomes a dame

Image copyrightPAImage caption Julie Walters said the experience of being made a dame was “numbing”. Actress Julie Walters has been made a dame by the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Bafta-winning star was named Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to drama. Dame Julie, 67, …

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Why George Orwell is returning to the BBC

Image copyrightPAImage caption The George Orwell statue has been unveiled outside BBC New Broadcasting House The BBC headquarters in London has got a new resident: he’s tall, bronze and likes a smoke. A statue of novelist George Orwell now adorns the exterior of New Broadcasting House, a few minutes from …

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Bono linked to tax probe in Lithuania

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Bono, also known as Paul David Hewson, co-founded U2 in 1976 A Lithuanian shopping mall partly owned by U2’s Bono is under investigation for potential tax avoidance, following a probe prompted by the Paradise Papers. The mall allegedly avoided paying 47,000 euros (£41,500) in local taxes using …

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Anne Robinson: Older TV stars need to stay thin

Image copyrightPA The Weakest Link host Anne Robinson says that older people have to be “clever and thin” to be on television. In an interview with the Radio Times, Robinson revealed she is “permanently on a diet” and never eats breakfast. The 73-year-old, who’s hosting a one-off celebrity version of …

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BBC sees ‘spike’ in harassment cases

Image copyrightPAImage caption Not all cases are thought to relate to current BBC staff The BBC has said it is dealing with a “spike” in complaints of sexual harassment. The deputy director general told MPs there had been a recent increase in the number of cases after the BBC encouraged …

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Sia takes on paparazzi with naked photo

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The singer often obscures her appearance in public Sia Furler has responded to an apparent attempt by paparazzi to sell naked pictures of her by posting one of them herself on Twitter. The Australian singer-songwriter is known for being secretive about her life, including what she …

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