Sub­sti­tutes for El­ton

A Bean in the oven The Who in mega deal to play Las Vegas gigs

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor & JAMES DESBOROUGH in Las Vegas

ROWAN Atkinson’s girl­friend is ex­pect­ing a baby Bean – and Louise Ford’s grow­ing bump was easy to spot on a shop­ping trip.

The 33-year-old ac­tress in a dotty top and pat­terned cardi­gan was seen car­ry­ing bags as well as her first child with the 62-year-old comedian.

The Black­ad­der and Mr Bean star is al­ready dad to Ben, 23, and Lily, 21, from his mar­riage to make-up artist Sune­tra Sas­try.

A source said: “Rowan and Louise are over the moon and can’t wait for their new ar­rival.

“It’s a very happy time for them both.”

The cou­ple have dated since 2014 when Rowan sep­a­rated from Sune­tra, 60.

In 2015 the Atkin­sons’ THE Who are ne­go­ti­at­ing a mul­ti­mil­lion pound deal to re­place Sir El­ton John in Las Vegas.

Rock icons Pete Town­shend, 73, and Roger Dal­trey, 72, are ex­pected to seal a deal to play the Colos­seum The­atre at Cae­sars Palace for at least two years.

A Vegas in­sider said: “El­ton is leav­ing, so the pro­mot­ers and re­sort wanted to bring in an act of equal stature.”

The deal could range from £12mil­lion to £35mil­lion, de­pend­ing on how many per­for­mances they agree to ini­tially.

The band will earn about £250,000 a night. They pre­vi­ously en­joyed a short run which sold out ear­lier this year.

Sir El­ton will end his 13-year, 450-show run where he’s played di­vorce was fi­nalised in 65 sec­onds. A year later Louise moved into his £4.65mil­lion North Lon­don cot­tage. Louise has starred in a string of TV shows in­clud­ing Chan­nel 4 come­dies Crash­ing and as Prince Wil­liam’s wife Kate in The Wind­sors. She met Rowan when they ap­peared to­gether in 2012 in the West End play Quartermaine’s Terms. When he split from Sune­tra, they were build­ing an £11mil­lion home in Ox­ford­shire. Rowan, worth £70mil­lion, moved to his Lon­don home. He first met Sune­tra, the daugh­ter of an In­dian en­gi­neer from Eal­ing, West Lon­don, in the late 80s, when she was work­ing for the BBC. Last night Rowan’s spokesman de­clined to com­ment. to more than 1.8 mil­lion fans in May next year.

Pro­mot­ers AEG and Cae­sars chiefs hope to have Roger and Pete on stage by July, blast­ing out hits in­clud­ing Sub­sti­tute and My Gen­er­a­tion.

The in­sider added: “Their shows this sum­mer were a crit­i­cal suc­cess and a sell-out, with Roger’s voice sound­ing bet­ter than ever.

“They en­joyed the gigs and unique op­por­tu­nity of a res­i­dency and were open to re­peat it for a longer run. The talks have been go­ing well and there is a gen­uine hope that a deal will be done. “The is­sues are sim­ply the vol­ume of shows and to­tal length of the run.” Roger, who has spent a lot of time in the US this year, is pub­lish­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy next year and the gigs will be a good fit with the launch. In Au­gust, song­writer Pete told how much he en­joyed the in­ti­mate Sin City venue, even com­pli­ment­ing the num­ber of fe­male fans there. But Vegas is where their bass player John En­twistle died in 2002, from a heart at­tack at the Hard Rock Ho­tel. Pete said: “I still think of him, all the f ***ing time.

NIGHT OUT Louise and Rowan EX­TRA PAS­SEN­GER On a shop­ping trip

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