Bruce Forsyth’s wife takes big step three years after his death: ‘I think they understand’

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Sir Bruce Forsyth’s wife Lady Wilnelia Forsyth has taken a big step, following his death three years ago. The TV legend’s widow is no longer living at their marital home.

It was hard to leave a place with so many happy memories for me and my family, but I think they all understand

Lady Wilnelia Forsyth

The Play Your Cards Right favoruite died in August 2017, at the age of 89.

He wed the now 62-year-old in 1983 after they met when he was asked to judge the 1980 Miss World competition.

Wilnelia is believed to have inherited almost his entire £11.5 million fortune on his death.

And now, according to the Daily Mail, she has sold the couple’s home for a good profit.

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She is said to have secured the sale before the property market went into lockdown.

The report states she got around £5.5 million – £1.5 million more than it was valued two years ago.

Wilnelia commented: “It was hard to leave a place with so many happy memories for me and my family, but I think they all understand.

“It was sometimes sad to be in such a home without Bruce.”

Meanwhile, one of her friends continued to the publication: “It was a stroke of luck that Wilnelia managed to sell it before the crisis hit, because the market’s plunged since then.

“The price was impressive because the house was actually not that big, and very dated. It will almost certainly be demolished by its new owners and a mega-mansion built in its place. That’s what happens round here.”

They added: “The house was too big for Wilnelia. She also wanted a fresh start. Bruce loomed large wherever she turned.” has contacted a spokesperson for Lady Wilnelia Forsyth for comment.

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She was Bruce’s third wife, after he was first married back in 1953 to Penny Calvert.

They had three daughters: Debbie, Julie and Laura, before divorcing in the 70s.

The showman went on to wed Anthea Redfern, the hostess on The Generation Game.

They had two daughters, Charlotte and Louisa, but split after just six years.


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He and Wilnelia were together until his death, and have one son together, Jonathan Joseph, better known as “JJ”.

Bruce suffered with ill health towards the end of his life and after 2015 made no further public appearances.

His spouse previously said of their property: “It’s a big house so I will probably move eventually but that doesn’t mean I’ll move away from the life.

She said he would have wanted her to be “happy” after his death and to see the “positives”.

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