Stars including Bill Nighy, Jls and actress Amanda Holden have helped raise $525,000 (£350,000) for cancer charities by auctioning off prizes. The celebrities all donated lots to the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Charity Auction, founded in memory of legendary England soccer coach Sir Bobby Robson, who died of cancer in 2009.
Nighy offered up a lunch date with one lucky fan, and pulled in $6,000 (£4,000), while tickets to one of JLS' farewell concerts in December (13) sold for $3,825 (£2,550).
Amanda Holden's VIP tickets to U.K. talent show Britain's Got Talent went under the hammer for $5,175 (£3,450).
Altogether the auction raised around $525,000 - $225,000 (£150,000) more than the previous auction in 2011.
Sir Bobby's widow, Lady Elsie Robson, says, "We're extremely grateful to everyone who has so generously supported Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Auction.
"We'd like to thank everyone who donated or bid on an auction item. The money raised will help us continue the work Bob began when he launched this charity five years ago."
Funds raised from the auction will go towards the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and cancer wards at Suffolk Hospitals in England.
British TV star Amanda Holden needed therapy to help her deal with her heartbreak following the loss of her second child in 2011. The actress was seven months into her second pregnancy when her baby boy with husband Chris Hughes was stillborn in February, 2011, and now she has opened up about her grieving process.
She tells Good Housekeeping magazine, "I only very recently felt like I needed to see a therapist. I saw somebody five or six times. To know your baby might not be born alive is incomprehensible. We called him Theo. He was nearly three pounds - bigger than some babies in the prem (premature) ward...
"Chris and I were very private and we grieved at night. We went to bed and we talked and talked. Chris never cried. I did all the crying."
Holden, 42, has since welcomed a little girl named Hollie, now 18 months, and admits she would like to add another child to her brood, which also includes her seven-year-old daughter Lexi.
She adds, "Probably - but only if I knew for sure there would be a successful outcome. I know everyone loves their children, but Hollie is the most loving thing. I tell everyone to have a baby. Forget your career - you can do it at the same time."
Singer Susan Boyle delighted fans during the opening night of her concert tour in Scotland on Tuesday (02Jul13) by impersonating her mentor, music mogul Simon Cowell, as part of a bizarre tribute. The star, who shot to fame in 2009 when she auditioned for Cowell on U.K. TV show Britain's Got Talent, thanked her mentor for launching her career before performing an impression of his judging technique.
Speaking on stage at the Eden Court venue in Inverness she said, "If it wasn't for one man - one special man - I wouldn't be here doing what I'm doing. I'll always be grateful to him - he believed in me from the very beginning."
Then, resting her hand under her chin in the style of Cowell, she quipped, "Now Susan, you're a little tiger now aren't you? I'll tell you what, she has potential, doesn't she?"
Boyle went on to perform impressions of fellow judges Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden, much to the audience's amusement.
Following on from her first full-length concert on Tuesday, the star will perform in Aberdeen on Thursday (04Jul13) before heading to Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland, as well as and Blackpool in England.
"It might be a jibe about my ex-husband or something like that. It's irrelevant and half my Twitter followers don't even know I was married before. It was a decade ago. Simon likes to kick hornets nests sometimes just for the fun of watching the bees." TV star Amanda Holden reveals her Britain's Got Talent co-judge Simon Cowell often pokes fun at her first marriage to actor Les Dennis in a bid to rile her.
The Little Britain star began working with Cowell when they both appeared on the judging panel of U.K. TV show Britain's Got Talent, which wrapped up last month (May12).
Walliams has now begun writing his fifth children's book and reveals his most devious character was inspired by Cowell.
He says, "It's about a little girl who befriends a rat and this one has a really evil villain in it, so he's the one who wants to turn that rat into a burger.
"It's based on someone who was on Britain's Got Talent... and it's not (fellow judges) Amanda Holden or Alesha Dixon."
When asked whether his fictional bad guy could ever be as evil as Cowell, Walliams quipped, "I'd like to but it's hard to outstrip reality."
Price saw off competition from Victoria Beckham and British actress Amanda Holden to land the prize, five years after she first received the honour.
It's a welcome nod for the hard-working Brit, who has had to combine a successful career with raising her children - nine-year old Harvey, Junior, six, and five-year-old Princess Tiaamii - single-handed since splitting from pop singer Peter Andre.
She says, "Being a mum is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world but it can also be very hard work - especially juggling a busy career with three kids. Even when you have friends and family to support you, it makes a huge difference to hear someone say you're doing a good job, and winning Celebrity Mum of the Year for the second time feels like a huge triumph, especially because it's chosen by the public."
Competition sponsors Foxy Bingo praised Price as a "wonderful role model for mothers faced with the difficulties of juggling work and motherhood, especially with the challenges she has faced with Harvey".
Harvey, the star's son from her relationship with former soccer player Dwight Yorke, suffers from autism and partial blindness. Aussie singer Andre is the father of Junior and Princess Tiaamii.
Last year's winner, reality TV star Stacey Solomon, was banned from the contest earlier this month (Mar12) after she was photographed smoking while heavily pregnant.
Doctors fought to get the TV personality's heart to beat again when she stopped breathing after delivering her second daughter, Hollie Rose, in hospital.
Holden reveals she was also haemorrhaging so much as she fought for her life that her terrified husband Chris Hughes was left fearing the worst.
She tells Britain's The Sun On Sunday, "As much blood as they were putting in me was going out. It just would not clot. For seven minutes Chris didn't know if I was alive or dead.
"They literally ran out of my blood group in London. They had them on mopeds coming from everywhere with it.
"There was a moment where they said I had flat-lined for 40 seconds. My heart stopped and I was literally moments from death. It was touch and go.
"My midwife told me, 'I don't know what blood group you are any more, you've had so much put in you.' We had to get some special fake medical blood in the end and that's what my body accepted."
Holden has since recovered from her birthing ordeal and returned to work filming episodes of U.K. reality series Britain's Got Talent, on which she is a judge.
The veteran star was honoured with the Best Actress award for her turn in Driving Miss Daisy, while Corden was presented with Best Actor for his acclaimed role in One Man, Two Guvnors at the ceremony, who celebrates the best in West End theatre.
Corden's play also landed two other gongs - Best New Comedy and Best Supporting Actor for Oliver Chris.
The stage adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic kids' book Matilda also enjoyed a successful night - the production won Best New Musical, Best Choreographer and Best Set Designer.
Shrek the Musical earned Amanda Holden and Nigel Harman Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, while Best Actor went to Richard Fleeshman for Ghost The Musical.
Best West End Show went to War Horse, which has been turned into a big screen blockbuster by Steven Spielberg.
The star delivered Hollie Rose on 23 January (12) but she suffered a complication during the birth which left her in a critical condition for three days.
Holden was discharged from hospital after a week under the care of doctors and she returned to work on Saturday (11Feb12) to rejoin Simon Cowell on the judging panel of the hit British TV show.
The star was given a standing ovation by the audience as she took her place for auditions in Edinburgh, Scotland, and she revealed doctors had given her the go ahead to return to work.
She said, "I'm now feeling completely well despite everything I've been through. I feel great now. The doctors have given me the all-clear and I feel like I'm bursting with health and energy."
Holden also joked, "I am looking forward to introducing Hollie to everyone on my next trip, teaching Simon how to change dirty nappies and leaving them both to discuss her trust fund!"
Carmen Electra will step in to cover British TV presenter/actress Amanda Holden on the judging panel of Britain's Got Talent this week (begs06Feb12). Holden is taking time off from the show following the traumatic birth of her second daughter last month (Jan12) and Electra will take her place - alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon - at the London round of auditions from Monday (06Feb12).