Stars arrive for Joan Collin's fifth wedding

A galaxy of older stars have arrived at the wedding of actress Joan Collins to witness her tying the knot for the fifth time.

A galaxy of older stars have arrived at the wedding of actress Joan Collins to witness her tying the knot for the fifth time.

Guests including Roger Moore and Shirley Bassey went to Claridges for the secret ceremony in which the 68-year-old star will marry 36-year-old theatre boss Percy Gibson.

The bride and groom did not go through the front of the hotel where the media was waiting because of an exclusive magazine deal which could reportedly earn the couple up to £2 million.

Shirley Bassey when asked whether she was looking forward to the wedding she said: "Of course I am. Why do you think I'm all dressed up like Little Red Riding Hood?"

Asked what she thought of the groom, she said: "He's delightful, he's like Prince Charming."

Moore, wearing a dinner jacket, arrived with his partner Christina 'Kiki' Tholstrup dressed in a long floral blue dress with sheer sleeves. He said: "I'm looking forward to seeing Joan get married. They make a splendid couple and I trust he's wearing a kilt."

Blind Date presenter Cilla Black arrived accompanied by Christopher Biggins. She said: "I haven't been to a wedding for ages - since my son got married. I am excited. I've been out for dinner with the lucky man and he's gorgeous. He's bootylicious."

Sir Elton John's partner David Furnish, dressed in a dinner jacket, dashed into the hotel without saying anything.

Actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt in Coronation Street, Ruby Wax and Nanette Newman also attended the wedding.

Other guests included composer Tim Rice and the Dynasty star bride's children, Sacha and Tara.

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