Victoria Holdsworth

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Victoria Holdsworth
Lady Getty
Victoria Jane Holdsworth

1944; 80 years ago (1944)
Occupation(s)Philanthropist, model
Spouse(s)James Bertram Lionel Brooke (1964–1969; divorced)
Sir Paul Getty (1994–2003; his death)
  • Gerald Holdsworth (father)

Victoria Jane Getty, Lady Getty (née Holdsworth, formerly Brooke; born 1944) is an English philanthropist and former model. Since 2003 she has been a trustee of the J. Paul Getty Trust.


Victoria Holdsworth is the daughter of Gerald Holdsworth, a Suffolk landowner.[1][2][3] She worked as a model.[4] She appeared in a campaign for Nivea and in advertisements for Gibbs toothpaste.[2][5]

She married James Bertram Lionel Brooke, the son of Anthony Walter Dayrell Brooke, in 1964.[6][1] She and Brooke were divorced in 1969. She married John Paul Getty Jr. as her second husband in 1994.[7][8] Her husband had been awarded an honorary knighthood in 1987, but was not able to use the title substantively until he became a British subject in 1997. After her husband was granted British citizenship, Holdsworth was styled as Lady Getty. She played a major role in reintroducing her husband to public life and helping him overcome his drug addiction.[9][10][11] After her husband's death in 2003, Holdsworth took over as trustee of the J. Paul Getty Trust.[5]

Holdsworth lives at Wormsley Park, a country house in Buckinghamshire that was owned by her husband. In 2015 she purchased Lavenham Brook Farm in Suffolk.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

Holdsworth is portrayed by the English actress Hannah New in the 2018 television series Trust on FX.


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  6. ^ Pearson, John (2011). All the Money in the World: previously published as Painfully Rich. Harper360. ISBN 978-0008281526.
  7. ^ Masters, Sam (3 January 2018). "How Mark Getty grew from the child seen in @All the Money in the World' to be one of Britain's richest men". i. JPIMedia. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ Rocco, Fiammetta (18 April 2003). "Sir Paul Getty". The Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Sir Paul Getty". The Daily Telegraph. 18 April 2003. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
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  11. ^ "Tycoon and philanthropist Getty dies". The Guardian. 17 April 2003. Retrieved 9 March 2019.