Wife divorces TV comic Marcus Brigstocke after discovering year-long affair with former Emmerdale actress
Amanda Perthen and Lara Gould
22:00 GMT, 23 March 2013
16:05 GMT, 24 March 2013
Happy: Hayley Tamaddon first met Marcus Brigstocke three years ago
TV Comic Marcus Brigstocke is being divorced by his wife after she discovered he was having an affair.
Sophie Brigstocke found out her husband of 12 years was cheating a month after he wrote a gushing first-person piece in a national newspaper, enthusiastically describing his family life.
He said: ‘My most precious weekends are those spent at my home in Wandsworth, South London… hanging out with my wife Sophie and our children Alfie [now ten] and Emily [now seven].’
The comedy star has now moved out of their 1.9 million home and is living in a flat two miles away.
Mr Brigstocke was touring with the Monty Python musical Spamalot when he began his affair.
Yesterday the comedian, 39, was skiing in Austria with his girlfriend, former Emmerdale actress Hayley Tamaddon, also 39.
They first met when they performed in Spamalot three years ago and toured the country for months with the West End show, with Mr Brigstock declaring later: ‘I never wanted it to end.’
At the start of the tour, Ms Tamaddon had just split up with her fiance Darren Charles.
She blamed her participation in Dancing On Ice – which she won – for the break-up of her relationship after Mr Charles cheated on her.
But within a month she was pictured, in July 2010, strolling through Leeds city centre with Mr Brigstocke during a break from rehearsals, looking relaxed and happy together.
Divorce papers seen by The Mail on Sunday reveal that Mrs Brigstock, 39, cited her husband’s infidelity as the cause of their marriage breakdown.
They state: ‘The adultery began in June 2010 and the Petitioner became aware of the adultery in July 2011. The Respondent (Mr Brigstocke) admits the adultery.’
Scandal: Marcus Brigstocke is being divorced by his wife after he was discovered having an affair
Yesterday, both Mr and Mrs Brigstocke declined to comment.
Ms Tamaddon also declined to comment.