EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: It’s a Christmas miracle as Ewan McGregor’s ex and current wife bury the hatchet to spend the festive season together

The season of goodwill has heralded a miracle in the household of Ewan McGregor. In a turn of events that would seem unlikely even in one of the star’s most far-fetched films, his two wives have spent Christmas together.

I can reveal the force of forgiveness was so powerful with the Star Wars actor’s first wife, Eve Mavrakis, that she agreed to spend Yuletide with his current spouse, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

The trio were joined by their four daughters including Clara, a 27-year-old actress who described Winstead as a ‘piece of trash’ when she was pictured kissing her father in a London restaurant in 2017 while he was still married to her mother. Clara added at the time that her father was an ‘a*******’.

She later apologised for her remarks about Winstead, 39, who married the Scottish actor, 52, last year, admitting it hadn’t been her ‘finest hour’. To prove relations are much better now, Clara shared a photograph of the extended family together online. They are joined by her sister, Esther, 22.

Also at the get-together at McGregor’s home in Los Angeles was Laurie, his two-year-old son with Winstead, and his two other children from his first marriage, Jamyan, 22, and Anouk, 12.

The season of goodwill has heralded a miracle in the household of Ewan McGregor

To prove relations are much better now, daughter Clara shared this photograph of the extended family together online

To prove relations are much better now, daughter Clara shared this photograph of the extended family together online

The Trainspotting actor had been married to Eve, 57, a French production designer, for 22 years when he met Winstead (pictured), his co-star in the U.S. comedy drama Fargo

The Trainspotting actor had been married to Eve, 57, a French production designer, for 22 years when he met Winstead (pictured), his co-star in the U.S. comedy drama Fargo

The Trainspotting actor had been married to Eve, 57, a French production designer, for 22 years when he met Winstead, his co-star in the U.S. comedy drama Fargo.

The healing of the rift will certainly be welcomed by McGregor, whose divorce from Eve was finalised in 2020. He reportedly agreed to pay her £40,000 a month plus share royalties from his films. ‘A divorce in a family is a bomb going off in everyone’s life, my children’s lives,’ he said of their split.

Meanwhile, Eve previously said of her marriage break-up: ‘It’s disappointing and upsetting, but my main concern is our four children are OK.’ It is unclear if Eve is still going out with the Hollywood film composer Jonathan Elias, 67.

Elias, who collaborated with the likes of Sting and Sinead O’Connor on his most recent album, met Eve six years ago through a mutual pal. She confirmed their romance to me after they enjoyed a ‘magical’ holiday in Lake Como, Italy in 2021.

Macca’s guilty pleasure

He may be worth an estimated £950 million, but Sir Paul McCartney apparently can’t let it be when it comes to bargains. 

‘I have lots of guilty pleasures,’ admits The Beatles star, 81. 

He may be worth an estimated £950 million, but Sir Paul McCartney apparently can’t let it be when it comes to bargains

He may be worth an estimated £950 million, but Sir Paul McCartney apparently can’t let it be when it comes to bargains

‘Maybe TV shows more than music. I love Bargain Hunt,’ he says of the programme in which contestants try to sell on cut-price antiques at auction for a profit. 

‘But I also like Strictly,’ he adds. Could he be persuaded to compete for the Strictly Come Dancing glitterball trophy? After all, Angela Rippon wowed viewers with her high kicks aged 79.

Is this further evidence Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan is to take the helm of the next much-anticipated James Bond film?

Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan, 53, is said to want to make period versions of Fleming’s thrillers

Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan, 53, is said to want to make period versions of Fleming’s thrillers

I spotted him doing a late bit of Christmas shopping last week in Jermyn Street, London, where 007 bought his clothes in Ian Fleming’s novels.

Nolan, 53, is said to want to make period versions of Fleming’s thrillers, so where better to carry out some early research?

Citydwellers’ ignorance of rural life continues to amaze Adam Henson. The Countryfile presenter, 57, recounts events at his Cotswold Farm Park: ‘We do ‘pick-your-own potatoes’ here. There was a group of women, and I gave them a pitchfork. They walked on to the muddy patch and said, ‘We can’t find any’. I said, ‘That’s what the fork’s for.’ ‘

Citydwellers' ignorance of rural life continues to amaze Countryfile presenter Adam Henson

Citydwellers’ ignorance of rural life continues to amaze Countryfile presenter Adam Henson

How did Bea’s stepson spend his Christmas?

For those royal watchers wondering why Princess Beatrice was not joined by her stepson as she went to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day, I have the answer.

Wolfie attended the Together At Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Wolfie attended the Together At Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Christopher, known as 'Wolfie', seven, swapped real-life princesses for fairytale ones on a Disney cruise ship with his mother, architect Dara Huang, 40

Christopher, known as ‘Wolfie’, seven, swapped real-life princesses for fairytale ones on a Disney cruise ship with his mother, architect Dara Huang, 40

Christopher, known as ‘Wolfie’, seven, swapped real-life princesses for fairytale ones on a Disney cruise ship with his mother, architect Dara Huang, 40. The two then joined Dara’s family in Florida, where she grew up.

Last Christmas, Wolfie stayed in Norfolk with his stepmother Bea, father, property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and his half-sister Sienna, two.

Wolfie didn’t miss out on all the royal festivities, though, as he attended the Together At Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Miliband’s plans to axe tree felled

Never imagine that the rich always get their own way, not even in Primrose Hill, where Sadie Frost and ex-husband Jude Law used to cavort the night away with the likes of Kate Moss.

The former Cabinet minister applied for permission to fell a mature Acer tree in the garden of his £3.5 million house in north London

The former Cabinet minister applied for permission to fell a mature Acer tree in the garden of his £3.5 million house in north London

They can’t, for instance, just take an axe to a tree, even if it’s imperilling their property, as David Miliband has just discovered. The former Cabinet minister, who’s lived in New York for the past decade following his defeat by younger brother Ed in the battle to become Labour leader, had applied for permission to fell a mature Acer tree in the garden of his £3.5 million house in the North London enclave, arguing that its roots threatened the house’s foundations.

His local council has responded by slapping a preservation order on the tree. Still, if the house falls down, Miliband, 58, shouldn’t struggle to re-build it — he trousers an estimated $1 million-a-year (£790,000) as chief executive of the International Rescue Committee.

Enjoying writing thank-you letters for your Christmas presents? Then King Charles might have just the job for you.

The successful candidate will be based at Buckingham Palace and paid £30,000 per year to 'provide administrative support'

The successful candidate will be based at Buckingham Palace and paid £30,000 per year to ‘provide administrative support’

He’s advertising for a ‘royal engagements assistant’, whose tasks will include drafting the polite notes for the monarch and Camilla.

The successful candidate will be based at Buckingham Palace and paid £30,000 per year to ‘provide administrative support’. Or perhaps more if he or she pens a charming thank-you letter?

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