Britt Ekland, London, 1992
6 October 1942
|Spouse(s)||Peter Sellers (1964–68)
Slim Jim Phantom (1984–92)
Nic Adler (b. 1973)
T.J. (b. 1988)
Britt-Marie Eklund (born 6 October 1942), better known as Britt Ekland, is a Swedish actress and singer, and a long-time resident of the United Kingdom. She appeared as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun, and starred in the British cult horror film The Wicker Man. Her high-profile social life and her 1964 marriage to actor Peter Sellers attracted considerable press attention.
Life and career
She was the Bond girl in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Other notable film appearances include The Night They Raided Minsky's, Baxter!, The Double Man, Get Carter (in the 1999 BBC television series I Love the '70s she hosted the 1971 episode in homage to her role as "Anna" in the film), and the 1973 cult film The Wicker Man (for which her voice was dubbed to disguise her Swedish-accented English). In 1976 she provided the French spoken part at the end of then boyfriend Rod Stewart's hit single "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)".
Ekland also portrayed biographical characters, such as the one based on real-life actress Anny Ondra (boxer Max Schmeling's wife) in the television movie Ring of Passion (1978), and prostitute Mariella Novotny in the feature film Scandal (1989) about the Profumo Affair.
She has guest-starred on various TV shows, including an appearance on the popular TV series Superboy, playing an alien disguised as Lara, Superboy's biological mother, during the show's second season in 1990. Ekland published a beauty and fitness book in 1984 Sensual Beauty: How to achieve it, followed by a fitness video in 1992.
She appeared on stage as a cast member in Cinderella at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent in December 1999 and January 2000. She also appeared in Grumpy Old Women Live, participated in December 2007 in the Swedish reality show Stjärnorna på slottet (The stars at the castle) along with Peter Stormare, Arja Saijonmaa, Jan Malmsjö and Magnus Härenstam, and in December 2007 and January 2008 she starred again in Cinderella at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. She appeared as a guest on the British daytime television show Loose Women, in January 2008. From December 2008 to January 2009, Britt starred in Cinderella at the Shaw Theatre in London. In a rare instance of her singing, she performed the song My Prince, originally recorded by Lara Pulver on the album Act One – Songs from the Musicals of Alexander S. Bermange. In 2009–10 she played the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at Princess Theatre, Torquay.
In December 2010 she starred as the 'Fairy Pea Pod' in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Kings Theatre, Southsea. She starred in further Pantomimes at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, in 2011 and 2012.
Ekland is fluent in English, French, and German, in addition to her native Swedish.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
In 2010 Ekland took part in the reality TV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! where she was fourth to be voted off. During the program she developed a close relationship with Stacey Solomon and Nigel Havers, while making an enemy of Gillian McKeith.
Relationships and family
Ekland became famous overnight as a result of her 1964 whirlwind romance and marriage to English actor and comedian, Peter Sellers, who proposed after seeing her photograph in the paper and then meeting in London. She stood by him after he suffered a series of massive heart attacks shortly after their marriage. Ekland was stepmother to Sellers' children Sarah and Michael (who died of a heart attack at about the same age as his father). In January 1965 they had a daughter, Victoria. The couple made three films together – A Carol for Another Christmas in 1964, After the Fox in 1966 and The Bobo in 1967 – before divorcing in 1968.
In June 1973 she had a son, Nic Adler, with record producer Lou Adler.
She also had a much publicised romance with rock star Rod Stewart; they were introduced in 1975 by Joan Collins and lived together for over two years, with Ekland giving up her career to focus on the relationship.
In 1984 she married Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom, who was almost two decades her junior. They had a son, Thomas Jefferson (born in 1988), and divorced in 1992. A close friend of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, she is still a regular fixture on the rock'n'roll social scene.
She was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of 53, which she attributes to yo-yo dieting and a low-calcium diet, after falling at an awards show and fracturing her wrist and ankle. She has been associated with both Alzheimer's and osteoporosis organisations.
After years of being renowned for her fantastic figure, Ekland produced her own workout video 'Britt Fit' in 1993, at the age of 51.
In 2004 Ekland was portrayed by Charlize Theron in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. Theron invited her to be her date at the Cannes Film Festival, where she became highly emotional when she saw the film.
- "Do it to Me once more (with feeling)" / "Private Party" (1979) No. 15 SWE
- "Oxford Mail review of Cinderella at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon". Archive.oxfordmail.net. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2010.[dead link]
- "I'm A Celeb reject Britt Ekland blasts 'difficult' contestant Gillian McKeith: 'She should win best supporting Oscar'". Daily Mail (London). 29 November 2010.
- Britt Ekland interview on BBC link title
- Sikov, Ed (2002). Mr. Strangelove: a biography of Peter Sellers. Pan MacMillan. ISBN 0-283-07297-0.
- HEALTH WATCH: Bone Disease Highlighted – Health – RedOrbit
- Eklund, Britt, True Britt, Simon & Schuster (February 1984) ISBN 0-13-931089-4
- Ashwood, James (30 January 2007). "Charlize Theron interview – Interviews – Movies". Virgin Media. Retrieved 4 October 2010.
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- Britt Ekland biography and credits at the British Film Institute's Screenonline