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Picture - Sophie Dahl - London Fashion... London United Kingdom, Sunday 22nd February 2015

Sophie Dahl - London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 - Temperley London AW15 - Catwalk at London Fashion Week - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 22nd February 2015

Picture - Sophie Dahl - The BRIT... London United Kingdom, Thursday 20th February 2014

Sophie Dahl - The Brit Awards 2014 - Sony Music after party held at The Arts Club - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th February 2014

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Musical Debuts In West End

Tags: Sam Mendes - Douglas Hodge - Johnny Depp - Gene Wilder - Sophie Dahl

When Sam Mendes first decided to adapt Roald Dahl's 49 year-old best loved children's book about an eccentric chocolate maker and one very lucky little boy, he hadn't anticipated the scale or scope of his Charlie And The Chocolate Factory production - or the time it would take to come to fruition.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory has been brought to life on a large scale before: 1971's film saw Gene Wilder bring his unconventional and volatile incarnation of the mad professor of confectionery in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, whereas a Tim Burton movie kickstarted the franchise again in 2005 with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that saw Johnny Depp on truly bizarre form.

Now, the legend has been brought to the West End by Skyfall director Sam Mendes, who also has a host of strong musicals under his belt, including Oliver! (1994) and Cabaret (1994). The Guardian hails the modern adaptation of Dahl's moral fable as a "sumptuous visual feast" and praises the effective "engaging and sinister" portrayal of Wonka by Douglas Hodge. Young Jack Costello's "adorable" performance as Charlie is lauded by The Independent, along with the band of entitled and greedy golden ticket-winning brats who accompany Charlie on the trip of a lifetime.

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Thrilled: Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum Welcome Baby 'Margot'

Tags: Sophie Dahl - Jamie Cullum

Model turned celebrity chef Sophie Dahl and husband Jamie Cullum say they are "completely thrilled" after welcoming their second daughter. The 35-year-old gave birth to Margot Cullum on Monday, with the jazz musician announcing the news on Twitter earlier today.

"On March 4th @sophiedahl gave birth to our second baby girl, Margot Cullum. She is healthy and gorgeous and we are completely thrilled," he gushed to followers. Baby Margot joins the couple's two-year-old daughter Lyra.

The unlikely pair met in 2008, though Cullum often credits his wife with teaching him the important things in life. "My relationship with Sophie has helped put everything in perspective. It reminds me that while I love working, and have certain responsibilities to my career, there are more important things in life," the singer told the Daily Mail back in 2009.

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