Legendary film director, raconteur and restaurant critic Michael Winner has married his fiancée at a ceremony in London.
The 75-year-old tied the knot with Geraldine Lynton-Edwards, 70, at Chelsea Register Office just before 2pm today following a four-year engagement.
The couple first met over 50 years ago, when Geraldine was just 16.
Winner announced his impending nuptials this morning on Twitter in typically laconic style, tweeting: “Good morning. May not tweet much today, rather busy, getting married 1:30pm Chelsea Registry Office.”
The notice came amid a flurry of messages, in which the film-maker also declared that he would not wear a wedding ring.
He admitted it felt “terrifying but wonderful” to be married after decades as a committed bachelor, allegedly having had around 130 affairs in his lifetime.
The newlyweds plan to honeymoon in Portofino on the Italian Riviera, a location Winner knows well as a regular at celebrity resort The Hotel Splendido.
“I turn 76 in October and I have never been anywhere near marriage before. It took a long time for a bit of common sense to enter my befuddled brain,” said Winner this August.
“I think she’s very pleased. After a while, when someone is that close to you and you love them, the question is: ‘If you love me, why aren’t we married?'”
Winner, who has directed over 30 films, including the Death Wish series, also blogged a message for his fans: “Thanks to all of you who have so kindly sent good wishes. Nice to know I have lovely people on Twitter supporting me.”