Elegant, incredibly gorgeous and always radiant, these are a few words which come to mind when describing the English actor and model Elizabeth Hurley. She became famous in India because of her lavish wedding with Indian businessman Arun Nayar at Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur in 2007. The couple got divorced in 2011.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, she reveals her love for all things Indian. “I wear Indian clothes all the time. All the beautiful embroidered kaftans from my fashion collection are designed and made in India. And when on vacation, I wear white-on-white Lucknow embroidered men’s kurtas and cotton pants every evening,” says Hurley.
The model-actor also frequently visits the country for holidays. “I have a lot of friends in India, so I visit them regularly, especially (those) in Mumbai. And, of course, I love shopping for fabrics, antiques and silver. I always have a gala time in India,” adds Hurley, who also dated former Australian cricketer Shane Warne. Rumours of an engagement did the rounds three months after Hurley’s divorce, but in 2013 it was reported that the couple had decided to split.
She is currently committed to her role in American TV show, The Royals. She plays Queen Helena, the matriarch of the fictional British Royal family, and points out real life similarities with her role on the tube. “My character cares passionately about her family, so do I. She wants them to shine and fulfil their potential, but which mother doesn’t? She’s also extremely wealthy and manipulative. So we come from the same place but she’s a lot more extreme than me,” says Hurley, who has a son, Damian Charles Hurley, who she conceived with American businessman Steve Bing in 2002.
The 51-year-old actor is also a role-model for young women, thanks to her healthy lifestyle. “Everything starts with what you eat and drink. I’m a big believer in home-cooked food. I eat very few processed foods and almost never drink fizzy, sugary drinks. I try to get fresh air everyday and walk with the dogs and do the gardening when I get the time,” says Hurley.