Bonnie Langford is a familiar face to fans of TV, soaps and musicals alike, with an impressive amount of acting, singing and dancing credits to her name.
She will put her general knowledge skills to the test tonight (December 23) on a celebrity version of The Weakest Link, hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, in a bid to win £50,000 for a charity of her choice.
Competing against the likes of TV personality Gemma Collins, actress Kym Marsh and presenter Olly Smith, the 57-year-old will battle it out to be crowned the ‘Strongest Link’. But what about her life away from the silver screen?
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Growing up in the 70s, Langford starred in hit musical Bugsy Malone, as well as TV series Just William.
The Doctor Who actress was married to Paul Grunert for 20 years, and they share a child together, Biana, who is now in her early twenties.
During the divorce proceedings, Langford cited “unreasonable behaviour” in papers filed at a court in London.
Speaking about the divorce, a friend of Bonnie said: “She is getting over the pain in the best way possible by taking on a new challenge in her life”, referring to a TV role which she took on at the time.
The source added: “She split from her husband quite some time ago and it is very amicable and they remain good friends. Bonnie has not discussed the split publicly as she wants to talk about her carrer and not her personal life. The priority for her and Paul is their daughter.”
Speaking about him in a 2006 interview she said: “I’d known Paul since 1987, when we’d done a show together. But I just hadn’t thought of him in that way. Then a friend suggested we all get together. In the end, she couldn’t make it, so it was just Paul and me. And that was that.
“It’s always the times in your life when you’re not looking that you find what you need.”
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After a few fairly quiet years away from the limelight, Langford’s career revived somewhat when she competed in the first ever series of Dancing of Ice alongside pro partner Matt Evers.
Off the back off it, she joined long-running BBC soap opera EastEnders for a guest role in 2014, which later became a regular stint on the show as Carmel Kazemi, the outspoken and overly-protective mother of established character Kush, played by Davood Ghadami.
After being cast on the long-running BBC soap opera, Langford told the Radio Times: “I’m so thrilled and delighted to be part of EastEnders. I’m a great fan of the show and think the 30th Anniversary was sensational and shows just how good British television can be.
“To be part of this family is an absolute privilege.”
Langford is showing no signs of stopping, as she celebrated her 50th anniversary of working in showbiz earlier this year.
She is currently starring as the fairy in the pantomime at Churchill Theatre in Bromley, and has rescheduled tour dates set for early 2022.
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