After all, their 11-year romance was born out of a passionate impulsiveness that led to the breakdown of her 22-year relationship with Wiseman and the end of his 12-year relationship with Kingston. The same could not be said of Fiennes’s two-year affair with Cornelia Crisan, a 33-year-old Romanian singer, details of which only emerged after it was over and she sold her story to a downmarket newspaper.
Annis was deeply offended by his behaviour and instructed her lawyer to confirm that they had split up.
She has a bohemian disdain for convention (refusing to marry photographer Patrick Wiseman, father of her three children, despite a strict Catholic upbringing); visits her elderly mother every day and doesn’t talk to the press about her private life.
When she went to her first fashion show a few years ago she was so appalled by the models’ terrified looks she vowed never to go to another.
Francesca Annis has always lived life on her terms and her unconventionality still defines her almost 50 years since she first captivated audiences.
What Annis, 62, wants she generally gets, so it is no surprise to learn that she and the boyfriend who betrayed her last year are apparently back together.
Ralph Fiennes, 44, who was so captivated by Annis that he left his actress wife Alex Kingston, has, according to weekend reports, rekindled his love affair and is spending a great deal of time at Annis’s London home.