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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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones on 22 April 2013

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas take a break from each other 'to work on their marriage'

Academy Award-winning actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage", a statement released by her publicist said.

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

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice