Thomas Brodie-Sangster reveals he didn’t start dating Talulah Riley until after filming Pistol


Thomas Brodie-Sangster has revealed he didn’t start dating his Pistol co-star Talulah Riley until after they had finished filming the Disney+ series.

The actor, 32, who plays Sex Pistols’ notorious manager Malcolm McLaren in the band’s upcoming biopic, had previously never spoken about his romance with Tesla billionaire Elon Musk’s ex-wife, 36, who stars as Vivienne Westwood.

While in-character, the Love Actually star directs a slew of harsh and misogynistic comments towards Tallulah – however he’s assured their relationship off-camera includes nothing of the sorts.

Loved-up: Thomas Brodie-Sangster has revealed he didn’t start dating his Pistol co-star Talulah Riley until after they had finished filming the Disney+ series (pictured in March 2022)

When asked what it had been like to direct his more cutting remarks towards her, he told The Guardian: ‘I wasn’t dating her at the time. Thankfully we’re not too much like Viv and Malc.’

Viewers of Pistol will see Malcolm refer to the iconic fashion designer as ‘the girl that does the sewing’ before joking, ‘That one’s meant to bleed.’

Thomas went on to admit of his character: ‘I’d say he was a real genius – and perhaps a bit of an a***hole.’

It comes after The St Trinian’s star told The Times how the pair ‘hadn’t really acknowledged each other as a romantic possibility until the moment that they both did.’ 

Speaking out: The actor, 32, who plays Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren in the band's upcoming biopic, had previously never spoken about their romance (pictured in-character)

Speaking out: The actor, 32, who plays Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren in the band’s upcoming biopic, had previously never spoken about their romance (pictured in-character)

Following months of speculation the pair made their relationship official at the BAFTA Fundraising Gala in March.

Previously, Talulah was married twice to the world’s richest man Elon – first between and 2010 and 2012, and again from 2013 to 2016.

The long-awaited Sex Pistols biopic will be set to hit Disney+ airwaves on Tuesday, in the form of a six-part miniseries from director Danny Boyle.

Based on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones, Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, the series explores the rise and fall of the seminal band as they made their lasting mark on music and punk.

Ouch: While in-character, he directs a slew of harsh comments towards Tallulah - however their relationship off-camera includes nothing of the sorts (pictured in-character)

Ouch: While in-character, he directs a slew of harsh comments towards Tallulah – however their relationship off-camera includes nothing of the sorts (pictured in-character)

His former bandmate John Lydon has been highly critical of the six-parter – with Steve urging him to ‘grow up and move on’, claiming he doesn’t understand why the singer, 66, is so upset about the series.

The rock guitarist, also 66, insisted the show is about him and not John, known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, as it is based on his memoir.

‘I ain’t got time for all that c**p any more,’ he told The Sun.

‘You’ve just got to grow up and move on. The show is about me, it ain’t about John, even though he is obviously a big part of it.’

Couple: When asked what it was like to direct his cutting remarks towards her, he said: 'I wasn't dating her at the time. Thankfully we're not too much like Viv and Malc' (pictured in May 2022)

Couple: When asked what it was like to direct his cutting remarks towards her, he said: ‘I wasn’t dating her at the time. Thankfully we’re not too much like Viv and Malc’ (pictured in May 2022)

Steve admitted that he couldn’t understand why John, who is being played by Anson Boon in the show, is so upset about the series.

John, who had no involvement in the show’s production, has been highly critical about the project and condemned its perceived historical inaccuracies.

But Steve said if the shoe was on the other foot and director Danny Boyle had wanted to adapt a series from John’s memoir, then he, drummer Paul Cook and original bassist Glen Matlock still would have been ‘thrilled’.

Last year, ex-frontman John took Steve and Paul to the High Court over the use of the punk band’s songs in Disney’s show Pistol, but lost the court battle.

Addressing the case, Steve – who is being played by Toby Wallace – said he felt the series would have been ‘disastrous’ without including the band’s visceral performances of their own songs.

Despite hitting back at John’s criticism of the project, Steve did acknowledge the singer’s impact on the band, saying his punk appearance and menacing attitude helped to make the band what it was.

But he added that their success was not all about the music but the combination of the music that made it such an original sound, as he admitted he often doesn’t listen to the lyrics of songs.

Old times: Previously, Talulah was married twice to the world's richest man Elon Musk - first between and 2010 and 2012, and again from 2013 to 2016 (pictured in 2014)

Old times: Previously, Talulah was married twice to the world’s richest man Elon Musk – first between and 2010 and 2012, and again from 2013 to 2016 (pictured in 2014)

Steve, who has acted as executive producer for Pistol, said he is over-the-moon with the six-part series, heaping praise on actor Toby Wallace, who plays him in the show.

The guitarist gushed that he couldn’t find a single flaw with the Australian actor’s performance, before joking that Toby isn’t as good looking as he is.

His bandmate Paul, known by his nickname Cookie, has also shown his support for the new series as he stepped out at the Pistols premiere alongside Steve.

Steve said he has been best friends with Paul since they were both ten years old and said he was his closest pal in the band as he revealed they still have a close friendship.

Anchored by Jones’ memoir, which offers a fascinating perspective on one of rock’s greatest ever stories, Pistol moves from West London’s council estates, to Vivienne and Malcolm’s notorious Kings Road SEX shop, to the international controversy that came with the release of Never Mind the B*llocks.

Their single God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC and reached Number 1 on the UK’s NME chart, but appeared at Number 2 on the Official UK Singles chart, leading to accusations that the song was purposely kept off the top spot.

Danny’s new series stars Louis Partridge as Sid Vicious, Christian Lees as Glen Matlock, Anson Boon as Johnny Rotten and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen.

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Uncanny: Louis pictured as Sid Vicious

The real rocker: Sid Vicious pictured in 1978

Uncanny: Louis Partridge, left in character, and bassist Sid Vicious, pictured right in 1978

Wow: Anson pictured as Johnny Rotten

The real rocker: Johnny Rotten, real name John Lydon, pictured in 1976

Wow: Anson Boon, pictured left in character, and Johnny Rotten, pictured right, in 1976 

Character: Toby pictured as Steve Jones

The real rocker: Steve Jones pictured in 1978

Character:  Toby Wallace, left in character, and guitarist Steve Jones, pictured right in 1978 

Role: Jacob pictured as drummer Paul Cook

The real rocker: Paul Cook pictured in 1978

Role: Jacob Slater, left in character, and drummer Paul Cook, pictured right  in 1978

Betrayal: Toby Wallace as Steve Jones and Emma Appleton as Nancy Spungen

Doomed: Miss Spungen and Vicious

Photos released from the set of Pistol show actress Emma Appleton, who plays Nancy, arm-in-arm with the actor playing guitarist Steve Jones (left). Jones claims to have had sex with Nancy, but it is for her relationship with Sid (right in 1978) for which she will be forever remembere

Exciting: Iris Law will follow in her father Jude's acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman in Danny Boyle's Pistols drama

Iconic look: Soo Lucas, who dubbed herself Soo Catwoman, is known for her trademark haircut which she created in 1976 to look like she had cat ears

Exciting: Iris Law (L) will follow in her father Jude’s acting footsteps by making her screen debut as Soo Catwoman (R) in the Sex Pistols drama

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (pictured) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren

Real-life counterpart: Malcolm pictured in 1978

The man behind the band: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (L) is set to take on the role of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren (pictured right in 1978)

Actress Sydney Chandler plays rocker Chrissie Hynde

Actress Sydney Chandler plays rocker Chrissie Hynde

Actress Sydney Chandler (left) plays rocker Chrissie Hynde (right)

In character: Maisie transformed into Jordan for her role in the upcoming FX series

Famous: Jordan pictured in 1977

In character: Maisie transformed into model and actress Pamela Rooke, aka ‘Jordan’ for her role in the upcoming FX series

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