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

Plus: This rehang will transform the Tate Britain and a chorus of disapproval for these Cambridge folk

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

Page 3 Profile: Lynda La Plante, crime writer

A new novel on the way?

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

'No one tells me I'm no good at things'

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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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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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