We know Penelope Wilton for her most memorable role as Isobel Crawley in the hit ITV1 period drama, Downton Abbey. This talented English actress, aged 69, shot her final scenes for the final season of the popular British drama July this year. The show is coming to an end this Christmas and Wilton is free at the moment. So, what is this Critics' Circle Theatre Award winning actress is up to?
We don’t know for sure, but there are some who claim that Wilton is planning to tie the knot pretty soon. Rumor has it that this veteran actress is getting married again at the age of 69. If the rumors are true, this would be her third marriage. Yes people, she has already tasted the sweetness of marriage twice, or should we say bitterness in her case? So how much of truth is in this rumor?
Penelope Wilton has a long and bitter history with marriage and heart breaks. She tied the knot to actor Daniel Massey in 1975. Wilton was heartbroken when she gave birth to a stillborn son who was born prematurely. The actress admitted that the death of her son was one of the saddest things she had ever experienced in life. They welcomed their daughter Alice in 1977. But, almost 9 years after their wedding, the couple decided to end it. They divorced in 1984. Several people attributed the death of their stillborn son as the cause for their divorce.
She fell in love once again. She started a relationship with award winning actor Sir Ian Holm and they got married in 1991. She became Lady Holm after her husband was knighted by the queen in 1998. The happily married couple appeared together as Pod and Homily in the BBC's 1993 adaptation of The Borrowers. Wilton’s relationship with Holm lasted for a decade, but ended in 2001 after their divorce.
Now, after 14 years of her divorce and living her life as a single woman, the actress seems to have finally changed her mind. She seems to have decided to bring a few changes to her busy yet monotonous life. A close friend of the actress has claimed that the Downton Abbey star is getting married pretty soon. The insider said: “Laura has been thinking of tying the knot for the third time. I heard that she has a special man in her life and she can’t wait to be his wife.”
It added: “The idea of having a wedding popped into her mind after she completed her shoot for Downton Abbey. She has been thinking a lot and she is committed towards it. I know she has suffered a lot in her married life, but this time she has decided to take this brave step again.”
The informant explained that the date and venue of the wedding has not been decided yet as Wilton is still planning.