Bonnie Langford husband: How marriage ended in tatters over ‘unreasonable behaviour’

Bonnie Langford, 55, is an actress, dancer and singer, best known for her roles in Doctor Who, Eastenders and on the West End and on Broadway. The actress rose to fame in the early 1970s when she played Mel Bush, a companion of Colin Baker’s sixth and Sylvester McCoy’s seventh incarnations of the Doctor on Doctor Who. Over the course of her almost 50 year career she has amassed great success – and her latest appearance will be this evening on The Chase. But it turns out that it was not an easy ride for Bonnie, who faced torment when her marriage disintegrated over “unreasonable behaviour” – so what actually happened?

Before her role as Mel on Doctor Who, Bonnie Langford appeared on stage for the first time aged just four months old and later performed at 15 months old when she danced in specially-made ballet shoes.

She later attended the Arts Educational School, St Catherine’s School, Twickenham and the Italia Conti Academy stage school.

After which time she came to public attention when she won talent show Opportunity Knocks at the age of six.

Bonnie later went on to grace the stage and our screens in a number of roles.

Her key stage performances include roles in both the West End and on Broadway in shows such as Peter Pan, Cats, The Pirates of Penzance and Chicago.

These stage performances led her to her most recent acclaimed role as Carmel Kazemi on the BBC’s Eastenders, for which she received the 2016 British Soap Award for Best Newcomer.

Who was Bonnie Langford married to?

She met her ex-husband, Paul Grunert, in a musical they were starring in together in 1987.

The couple went on to marry in Mauritius in 1995 and they had one daughter together, Bianca Jay, born in October 2000.

Mr Grunert also had another daughter from a previous marriage.

The couple and family existed in a state of happiness for many years.

However, the couple’s relationship took stark turn for the worse in 2015.

The Sun revealed the star had split with her husband over his “unreasonable behaviour”, adding that she had been granted a quickie divorce in court in under 90 seconds.

A friend of Bonnie’s talking about their split to The Sun said: “Bonnie split from her husband quite some time ago and it is very amicable and they remain good friends.

“Bonnie has not discussed the split publicly as she is an extremely private person who rarely talks about her personal life and she wants it to remain that way for the sake of their daughter.”

Meanwhile, a friend of hers has told The Mirror: “She is getting over the pain in the best way possible by taking on a new challenge in her life.

“She split from her husband quite some time ago and it is very amicable and they remain good friends.

“Bonnie has not discussed the split publicly as she wants to talk about ‘EastEnders’ now and not her personal life. The priority for her and Paul is their daughter.”

A showbiz source told The Sun the couple were considered to have one of the most stable marriages in the industry.

The source said: “This is a massive shock as Bonnie and Paul were viewed as having one of the most stable marriages in show business.

“Her role in EastEnders has now turned out a bit like life imitating art.”

The Chase airs tonight at 7.15pm on ITV.

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