Hey Jude, who’s that brainy bride you’ve se­cretly wed?

As for­mer bad boy Jude se­cretly weds an aca­demic 14 years his ju­nior...

Daily Mail - - Front Page - by Ali­son Boshoff

GIVEN Jude Law’s track record with women in the 16 years since he split from his first wife, you’d be for­given for think­ing re-mar­riage was the last thing on his mind.

For the hand­some film star has dated a ver­i­ta­ble red car­pet line-up of beau­ties.

There was the scan­dal-drenched pe­riod in which he dated Si­enna Miller on and off and was caught cheat­ing with his chil­dren’s nanny Daisy Wright.

He also took Luther ac­tress Ruth Wil­son to the Box night­club and was linked to young model Lily Cole. Em­bar­rass­ing footage then emerged of Jude chat­ting up a Hun­gar­ian Play­boy model in a bar in Bu­dapest, ap­par­ently heav­ily ine­bri­ated.

When he wasn’t par­ty­ing, he found time to im­preg­nate two young women — an as­pir­ing model and an as­pir­ing singer — in 2008 and 2014. And it later tran­spired that over 2014 and 2015 he dated a glam­orous French mother-of-two whom he had se­duced af­ter bump­ing into her on the street and in­sist­ing on ex­chang­ing phone num­bers.

It’s fair to say that none of those re­la­tion­ships were long-last­ing, yet ear­lier this week he made the ul­ti­mate com­mit­ment by mar­ry­ing Dr Phillipa Coan, his girl­friend of four years, a blonde psy­chol­o­gist who, at 32, is 14 years his ju­nior.

Jude cer­tainly wasn’t shy about his ‘se­cret’ nup­tials. There was a hint of the pea­cock about him as he emerged from his mar­riage cer­e­mony at Lon­don’s Maryle­bone Town Hall on Wed­nes­day wear­ing an eye-catch­ing £840 Bogli­oli cor­duroy suit, strik­ing Burberry bluet­inted sun­glasses, and con­spicious £200 teal suede lace-ups and a bat­tered vin­tage fe­dora hat. His new wife looked stun­ning in a ruf­fled cream mini dress and tow­ered above her husband in nude heels.

The cou­ple’s body lan­guage, too, didn’t al­ways ap­pear to fit the tra­di­tional ex­pec­ta­tion of new­ly­weds — at one point the bride and guests trailed be­hind the star as he hopped, bear­ing a plas­tic bag, into a chauf­feur­driven Range Rover. But the pair are said to be potty about each other, and there is an ex­pec­ta­tion that he plans to add to his brood of five chil­dren by start­ing a fam­ily with Phillipa.

What a turn­around for a man whose very name was once syn­ony­mous with a he­do­nis­tic (and some would say rather un­savoury) life­style.

When mar­ried to first wife Sadie Frost, he was part of the no­to­ri­ous ‘Prim­rose Hill Set’ — a group of celebri­ties who lived in the North Lon­don neigh­bour­hood in the Nineties and early Noughties, who had a rep­u­ta­tion for drink­ing, drug tak­ing . . . and bed hop­ping.

Jude was rel­a­tively young, 25, in 1997 when he mar­ried ac­tress Sadie, who is seven years his se­nior. Al­ready a father to Raf­ferty then, he was out of the re­la­tion­ship by 2003, by which time they had three chil­dren — Raf­ferty, Iris, and Rudy.

Given that he met Sadie aged just 19, an age when men are usu­ally a long way from set­tling down, it’s no won­der he wanted to em­brace sin­gle life af­ter they split up.

He said he had changed a lot by the time he turned 30, when they fi­nally parted ways. Cer­tainly, for­mer fi­ancee Si­enna Miller con­firmed that Jude Law wasn’t ‘ready for mar­riage’ just be­fore they fi­nally split.

He cheated on ac­tress Si­enna with his chil­dren’s nanny Daisy Wright in 2005 when she was away film­ing. He is­sued a grov­el­ling pub­lic apol­ogy say­ing he was ‘sorry and ashamed’ for hurt­ing her.

In a thinly veiled ref­er­ence to Law’s cheat­ing, Si­enna once said of the louche celebrity life­style: ‘I don’t think it’s nor­mal, I don’t think it’s ad­mirable, I don’t think it’s de­sir­able.’

HIS bach­e­lor years pro­duced two more chil­dren. Sophia who was born in 2009 to Amer­i­can Sa­man­tha Burke. She had a week-long fling with him in New York when he was film­ing Sher­lock Holmes — they met on the street out­side a night­club.

She was work­ing as a wait­ress in Hoot­ers, New Jersey, a U.S. chain res­tau­rant staffed by pretty wait­resses in re­veal­ing cloth­ing.

Af­ter a pa­ter­nity test, he agreed to sup­port their child, and is said to pay £4,600 a month in sup­port plus school and med­i­cal fees.

Cat Cavelli, the mother of daugh­ter Ada who was born in 2015, met him in a bar in Soho in 2014 and said they had a seven-month ro­mance. She now lives in Hamp­stead and he is a part of their lives; she says he is good at chang­ing nap­pies and that her daugh­ter has spent time with his chil­dren by Sadie Frost.

So, just who is the woman who ap­pears to have fi­nally tamed this no­to­ri­ous ladies’ man? Cer­tainly, the low-pro­file aca­demic, who has never worked in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, rep­re­sents a strik­ing contrast to the women Law has pre­vi­ously been in­volved with.

Jude is said to ad­mire the el­e­gant beauty’s ‘in­tel­li­gence and in­de­pen­dence’ and, in the early days of their re­la­tion­ship three years ago, he told the U.S. TV show Mod­ern Liv­ing: ‘She’s mine and no one else’s. I’m very, very happy. Our re­la­tion­ship is a very pri­vate thing, and I think part of the fact it works so well is ex­actly be­cause of that.’

Af­ter the wed­ding, which was at­tended by his son Raf­ferty, 22, Jude’s par­ents, and her fam­ily, there was a be­hind-closed-doors party at Al­fred’s club in Lon­don.

The for­mer Lon­don res­i­dence of the Duke of West­min­ster, it is the only de­tached house in May­fair and with its Per­sian rugs, easy chairs and dark wood pan­elling, the club is an ap­pro­pri­ately pri­vate venue for me­dia-averse Law. It has a su­per dis­creet mem­bers-only res­tau­rant which will have been the per­fect place for his wed­ding re­cep­tion.

It’s not clear who was on the guest list, but the prom­ise of a big kneesup with old drink­ing com­pan­ions such as ac­tors Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Per­twee and Ewan McGre­gor seems to have been wide of the mark, per­haps an­other sign that

this re­la­tion­ship will be dif­fer­ent. His sis­ter Natasha, a graphic de­signer, was at the reg­is­ter of­fice as were his par­ents Peter and Mag­gie, who live in France.

How­ever it’s not clear whether daugh­ter Iris, 18, or son Rudy, 16, were there. I am told, though, that Sadie knows Phillipa well, hav­ing been in­tro­duced to her in the early days of the ro­mance, and thor­oughly ap­proves of Jude’s choice.

When Dr Coan came into Jude’s life in early 2015, it tran­spired that he had also been dat­ing wid­owed mil­lion­aire Rachel Bourlier, whom he had met in Lon­don. She com­plained that he had bro­ken her heart, be­cause she found out that he was dat­ing Dr Coan af­ter read­ing about it in the news­pa­pers.

‘I had re­ally hoped that we would spend the rest of our lives to­gether,’ she said. ‘It is so painful.’

PHILLIPA and Jude were re­port­edly in­tro­duced by mu­tual friends and were first seen to­gether at the Hay Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val.

They now live to­gether in a spec­tac­u­lar house in High­gate, North Lon­don. Po­lice have been called to one par­tic­u­larly loud party at the house, and Jude is said to have built a gym in the base­ment as he keeps in for­mi­da­ble shape for his act­ing ca­reer via box­ing and mar­tial arts.

Star of the Sky se­ries The Young Pope, and its se­quel The New Pope, pictures of him dressed in tight white trunks walk­ing along the beach for a fan­tasy se­quence in the se­ries re­cently, caused a sen­sa­tion.

Per­haps part of the at­trac­tion to Phillipa is that her back­ground is about un-luvvie as it is pos­si­ble to get. She is from Kingston, Sur­rey; Her father Con­nol is a char­tered sur­veyor, and mother Kath­leen a house­wife. She has three sis­ters — Holly, Jenny and Laura.

In her pro­fes­sional life she is im­pres­sively qual­i­fied. She started out with a BSc de­gree in psy­chol­ogy from Birm­ing­ham in 2007, writ­ing a dis­ser­ta­tion on ‘ the dy­namism of

gen­der stereo­type con­tent.’ There fol­lowed a one-year MSc at City Uni­ver­sity, Lon­don, where she did a doc­tor­ate on the ef­fects of per­fec­tion­ism on sleep qual­ity. Next was a pe­riod as a vis­it­ing lec­turer in Birm­ing­ham, be­fore she went to Leeds to com­plete a PhD in or­gan­i­sa­tional psy­chol­ogy.

Since 2012, Phillipa has worked as an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant and in Oc­to­ber 2015 — nine months af­ter meet­ing Jude Law — she set up her own company, Stride Group Lim­ited.

This of­fers en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vice to ex­ec­u­tives. All very im­pres­sive, if not nec­es­sar­ily very lu­cra­tive judg­ing by the most re­cent fil­ing to Com­pa­nies House, which sug­gests net as­sets of £23,000.

On her LinkedIn page she writes: ‘ I ap­ply psy­chol­ogy to help or­gan­i­sa­tions im­prove their en­ergy and broader en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance through em­ployee be­hav­iour change.

‘ I am pas­sion­ate about com­bin­ing the peo­ple- skills of psy­chol­o­gists with the more tech­ni­cal-skills of en­ergy man­age­ment spe­cial­ists to gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings. I strongly be­lieve it is only through this col­lab­o­ra­tion that we can achieve longer term sus­tain­abil­ity and re­source ef­fi­ciency.’

She has been able to com­bine her ca­reer with ac­com­pa­ny­ing Jude Law on nu­mer­ous trips abroad, sup­port­ing him while he has filmed The Young Pope.

They have been seen to­gether nu­mer­ous times in Los An­ge­les, in Rome, and in Venice, too. In 2016, Phillipa went with him to New York and they were seen ice skat­ing in Cen­tral Park to­gether with Rudy, his youngest son.

Jude, whose per­for­mance as Dickie Green­leaf in The Tal­ented Mr Ri­p­ley in 1999 made him an in­ter­na­tional star, mused in 2016 that his be­hav­iour had at times been less than per­fect.

He said: ‘I re­gret hurt­ing peo­ple. It’s an aw­ful thing. And try­ing to gain the for­give­ness or the un­der­stand­ing of some­one you’ve hurt, or heal a pain you may have in­flicted, that’s where re­gret hits hard.

‘To re­gret some­thing is al­most to re­gret the les­son learned from it.

‘And if you’ve learned your les­son then it was prob­a­bly a good thing in some way. F***ing up or be­ing an id­iot and hav­ing to pay the con­se­quences for that? It’s how you learn.’

His many fans will hope that he has now learned all the lessons nec­es­sary for a long, happy — and faith­ful — mar­riage.

Wed­ding: Psy­chol­o­gist Dr Phillipa Coan, 32, who has mar­ried ac­tor Jude Law, 46

Just mar­ried: Jude Law and Phillipa leave the reg­is­ter of­fice on Wed­nes­day

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