Acid attack survivor Katie Piper is pregnant with her first child

The model and philanthropist is 'beyond excited' at the prospect of having a baby

The new Marks & Spencer advertising campaign featuring 'outspoken women'

This isn’t just any grumpy picture... Tracey Emin features in new M&S advert advertising campaign

Tracey Emin's transformation from establishment-shaking rebel to middle England treasure appears complete after the artist was chosen to feature in a new Marks & Spencer advertising campaign featuring “outspoken women”.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Hitchcock (12)

Sacha Gervasi DVD/Blu-ray (98mins)

I'm sorry, Helen Mirren, but with this latest crowd-pleaser you broke the golden rule of acting

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Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A bejewelled, bemedalled, boring panto, starring Sir Alex Ferguson

Consternation! Twitter storm! Chris Grayling, or “Lord High Chancellor” to give him his Mikado-esque title, turned his back on the Queen! 

Andy McSmith's Diary: Nadine Dorries returns from the political wilderness

UKIP’s success in last week’s local elections is having an impact already. Nadine Dorries, who had the Tory whip taken away because of her appearance on I’m a Celebrity, has got it back, thereby heading off the risk that she might defect to Ukip.

Sir Ian McKellen poses in the press room with the Best Science Fiction/Fantasy award for 'The Hobbit' at the Jameson Empire Awards 2013 at The Grosvenor House Hotel

Jameson Empire Film Awards: Martin Freeman wins best actor for performance in The Hobbit

Martin Freeman was the epitome of modesty as he overcame star competition to win best actor at the Jameson Empire Film Awards tonight.

3. ‘Good evening, Mr Bond’: Escorting the Queen to the Opening Ceremony was not a job for any old security detail. In a specially commissioned film, Daniel Craig’s James Bond strode into Buckingham Palace to escort HM. Ably supported by the corgis, the (actual) Queen aced her line – “Good evening, Mr Bond” – before being whisked by helicopter to the Olympic Stadium

The Queen 'volunteered' for Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony Bond sequence

Olympic ceremony guru Danny Boyle has revealed he did not actually ask the Queen to appear in his James Bond sketch - she volunteered.

Crime writer Lynda La Plante

Crime writer Lynda La Plante given honorary fellowship by Forensic Science Society

Agatha Christie may have been dubbed “The Queen of Crime,” but fellow bestselling writer Lynda La Plante has secured a title even her illustrious predecessor would have coveted.

Crime writer Lynda La Plante

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Girls' Lena Dunham inspired by British TV shows Ab Fab and Gavin & Stacey

Girls creator Lena Dunham has revealed she is a big fan of British television shows.

My Secret Life: Samuel L Jackson, 64, actor

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The Queen (Helen Mirren) and Young Elizabeth (Nell Williams) in The Audience.

Review: The Audience, Gielgud Theatre, London

Stephen Daldry's production sees Helen Mirren brilliantly reprise her Oscar-winning role as Queen to meet each British Prime Minister from Churchill to Cameron

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg in 'The Fifth Estate'

Study in silver: A first look at Assange the movie

The first still showing Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange has been released. Cover your eyes, Sherlock fans – he's really not looking as fit as a fiddle

Showbiz royalty: Helen Mirren is ready to bring her Elizabeth II from cinema to stage

Heads Up: The Audience

Mirren, the drama Queen, is ready to reign again

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As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
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Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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