Famed actress Elizabeth McGovern plays Cora Crawley in Downton, the wife of Robert Crawley and mother to three daughters. In real life, however, Elizabeth's life is a little different.
Dan Stevens and his wife Susie like to keep their personal life private and out of the spotlight. The couple, who wed in 2009, have three children together. Proud dad Dan shared this sweet picture of his little one's hands to celebrate Father's Day back in 2018. Aw!
Hugh Bonneville and his wife Lucinda 'Lulu' Evans married in 1998 and share son Felix together. Hugh prefers to keep his son out of the spotlight, but during an interview with Parents magazine, the actor opened up on the best parenting advice he'd received. "I think the absolute key one is don't force your child to do the things you failed to do and wanted to do, like playing the piano or something. Another great piece of advice that someone once said to me when my little boy was arriving was, 'Hug him close, and let him fly.'"
A lot of people don't know this about me. It's a little secret from the Hollywood sandbox. It's safe to say that it takes a little bit longer for me to get ready than other actors. Let's just say that I've accrued a lot of ink over the years. I have 214 professional tattoos and nine I've done myself.
It also may rob "A Man Called Otto," which opens with Otto buying rope to hang himself with, of some of its spirit. We know there are dark roads that Hanks just isn't going to go down, and some of the early, more caustic scenes of Forster's film strike a false note. But as "A Man Called Otto" makes its way through Otto's life, cutting between his present-day squabbles and flashbacks of happier times with his wife, Sonya (Rachel Keller), Hanks movingly tailors the role to himself. How "A Man Called Otto" unfolds won't surprise anyone, but it does the trick for a little post-holidays heart-warming.
We know much about the personal lives of Howard Van Doren Shaw, David Adler and other Establishment favorites, but, until now, little has been written about Mr. Marshall. This has been remedied by the new book Benjamin H. Marshall: Chicago Architect by John Zukowsky and Jean Guarino, and their revelations do not disappoint.
It would be gratifying to Mr. Marshall to know that in 2002 Jane and Didier Lepauw established the Benjamin Marshall Society with the goal of publishing a book about the Chicago architect, who is so beloved, but about whom so little was then known.
Agitator Peated '3 Cask Adventures - Selected Swedes' (52.9%, OB, ex-Islay quarter cask, 719 bottles, 2022) We're presuming ex-Laphroaig casks. The question is, was it peated malt to begin with or does the peat come from the Islay casks? Colour: pale straw. Nose: a breath of fresh, very coastal, air. Lemon air freshener, chalky peat smoke, dried seaweed, beach sand and wet pebbles. Very evocative and very elegant, but perhaps could be any number of very well made modern peaters. With water: a little greener and more herbaceous with crushed nettles and green olives. Mouth: nicely chunky and peaty up front! Lots of seawater and lemon juice with brine, anchovies and sardines in smoked olive oil. Actually, feels the most 'Swedish' in some ways, if you see what I mean. With water: lemon juice over kippers, aniseed and mercurochrome. Finish: long, salty, peaty, pin-sharp and citric. Comments: excellent, probably because it is driven more by peat and distillate influence than wood, in my personal view. But I wonder how much of this is Islay talking? Anyway, a very good wee peat bomb! SGP: 456 - 87 points.
Braeval 24 yo 1997/2021 (58.4%, The Good Spirits, cask #38066, barrel, 170 bottles) The Good Spirits being a very cool wee shop and bottler in Hong Kong, not to be confused with The Good Spirits Co, which is a very cool bundle of wee shops and bottler in Glasgow. Colour: pale gold. Nose: honeys, breakfast cereals, sweetened porridge, flower nectars and slightly limey infused green fruit notes. Extremely easy, classical and 'Speysidey' in the best possible sense. With water: lemons, limes and flower blossoms! Also wee hints of pineapple, jelly beans and custard. Mouth: yellow and green fruits, with citrus rinds, soft notes of fruit teas, lightly peppery warming aspects and then some sweeter touches of condensed milk and a return of those nice honey vibes. With water: snapped twigs, lychee, wet brackens and ferns giving a slightly petrichor vibe, and a little more peppery and spicy aspects from the wood, such as ground ginger and cinnamon. Finish: medium but surprisingly exotic and tropical with a lovely fruity flourish in the aftertaste. Comments: an excellent fruity and easy drop that is reminiscent of some Burnside/Balvenies of similar pedigree. Probably the best Braeval I've ever tried, not that that's saying much to be honest. SGP: 641 - 87 points.
Braes of Glenlivet 18 yo 1979/1998 (58.9%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society #113.3, for USA) Colour: gold. Nose: the same, broadly speaking, except here a little more honeyed sweetness, something more like condensed milk, rice pudding with cinnamon sugar and a more elegant and intriguing note of flower nectar and golden syrup. Generally a more charming take on this sort of profile I'd say. With water: vase water, chlorophyll and a hint of caramelised oatmeal. Mouth: indeed this is more syrupy, more fruity and yet still with some of these interesting notes of ginger biscuit, vapour rubs and camphor. Some caffe latte and hand cream in the mix too - unusual whiskies these. With water: more of these sweet biscuity notes, more overt honey flavours, putty, camphor and some general cooking oil vibes. Finish: good length this time, rather mechanical, on cooking oils, bruised green apples and some more of those sugary breakfast cereals. Comments: I definitely prefer this one over .1, but this is still a bit of a challenging style I think. SGP: 551 - 83 points. 2b1af7f3a8