Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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The actor Steven Berkoff was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after knocking a woman down on New Year's Eve

Bond villain Steven Berkoff fined £400 after running woman over on Oxford Street

Steven Berkoff, a luminary of the British film and theatre scene, best known for playing Bond villain General Orlov in Octopussy, has been fined £400 after knocking a woman over in his car.

Blurred Lines? Miley Cyrus twerks during her performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs.

Will it twerk? Oxford Dictionary Online embraces selfies, geek chic and Bitcoins

Twerking, the raunchy bum wiggling dance performed by Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards, is among a slew of new terms included in an update of the Oxford Dictionary Online.

Fisherman's Friends

Fisherman's Friends head for record books with eldest boyband member, 79, to score top 20 hit

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends are set to enter the record books with the oldest boyband member to perform on a top-20 album.

Neil Newbon who plays the character Simon Walker pushed to his death during an episode of Hollyoaks deemed to have broken TV rules.

Hollyoaks' pre-watershed train death scene breached rules - Ofcom

Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks broke the rules when it broadcast a “violent and shocking” scene where a main character was killed by a speeding train, the media watchdog has found.

Bryan Cranston has reportedly been cast as Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston 'to play Lex Luthor in Man Of Steel sequel'

DC Comics is also reportedly planning to bring Matt Damon into the Justice League

Hugh Grant was the 72nd person to be auditioned for the lead role in Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and 72 auditions: Hugh Grant won romcom role after marathon casting process

With his cut-glass English charm and endearingly chaotic manner (not to mention the floppy hair) Hugh Grant has proven himself every bit the leading man. But the actor was actually the 72nd person to be auditioned for Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the was the first to make it seem funny, Richard Curtis has revealed.

Fancy dress, hedonistic hippies and WI tea tents: Rob da Bank on 10 years of Bestival

The Isle of Wight-based festival started in 2003 with 4,000 party-goers. Now it attracts 50,000. Matilda Battersby meets its founder

Jennifer Lopez: A man found allegedly living in the singer's pool house has been charged with stalking

Man found living in Jennifer Lopez's pool house arrested for stalking

A man found living in the pool house of Jennifer Lopez’s mansion in the Hamptons, New York has been charged with stalking.

Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel

Holy moly, Batman! Ben Affleck to play Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel sequel

The multiple-award winning director and actor will play Bruce Wayne opposite Henry Cavill's Clark Kent

Josephine Baker dancing in 1925; Rihanna performing

Rihanna first choice to play legendary Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker

Rihanna’s sexy dance moves and skimpy outfits might shock your granny. But the singer and actress has nothing on legendary Jazz Age icon Josephine Baker whom RiRi looks set to play in a film biopic.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?