World News – GB – Strictly’s Caroline Quentin pain as Paul Merton switched to his understudy


Strictly Come Dancing star Caroline Quentin and Paul Merton split in 1997 before moving on to her understudy, Sarah Parkinson

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It was on a train on the way to the Edinburgh Festival that Caroline Quentin first met Paul Merton and he threw the book she was reading out of the window

« I was sitting across from him reading The Autobiography of Alec Guinness, I think, » the Strictly Come Dancing contestant once told the Independent

« I said I thought it was terrible He said he read it and accepted it I said I didn’t think I would be able to finish it He took it from me and the threw out the window «  This will get you out of trouble,  » he says « 

The Funny Man and the Funny Woman got married in 1990 and were considered the hip young king and queen of comedy, with The Live Bed Show in 1995

Then, two years later, they split – and it was a split 60-year-old Caroline didn’t see coming

« I didn’t know my marriage was going badly until it ended, really, » she once told The Guardian

To make matters worse, she remembers being followed by photographers, telling the Independent, « It’s such a terrible time, when you feel so vulnerable and so shitty as a person, and then that is coming « 

Paul, 63, then moved on with Sarah Parkinson, who had been Caroline’s understudy during the three-month London part of The Live Bed Show

He told The Guardian that at that point they were «  just talking  » but after his marriage was over, Paul and writer and producer Sarah got together and were unofficially married at the Maldives in 2000

Meanwhile, in 1998, Caroline met runner Sam Farmer on the set of Men Behaving Badly Although he was 11 years younger, the couple fell in love and got married and had children Emily , 21, and William, 17

« I was 36 I had a career, but I never thought of meeting someone else or having a family, » she told the Evening Standard. « It’s so unexpected to have it all, and that makes it very special « 

Unfortunately, Paul and Sarah never realized their dream of starting a family when just a few months after trying IVF, Sarah discovered two small bumps in her chest

She was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at 39 and underwent surgery, but refused to undergo chemotherapy or radiation, fearing it would kill her

Instead, the writer and producer turned to alternative therapies and married Paul in an official ceremony in Rye, Essex in 2003

Just 12 weeks later, on September 23 – 19 months after being diagnosed – Sarah passed away with a heartbroken Paul at her bedside

In a statement he said: « After her initial devastating cancer diagnosis in February 2002, Sarah successfully lived with the disease for the next 19 months.

« She refused chemotherapy because she knew it would end up with her. Instead, she boosted her immune system with a mix of nutritional therapy, yoga, meditation, positive thinking and laughing

« As a result, she led a full and active life until the last two weeks, when her condition suddenly worsened »

« She faced the situation with courage and passed away peacefully and painlessly in the wee hours of Tuesday morning »

Caroline Quentin, Strictly Come Dancing, Sam Farmer

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