Claire Fellows (born July 5, 1961; Age: 61 years old) is an English costume designer and the ex-wife of Ainsley Harriott, a famous English television presenter, author, and chef.
The Friends For Dinner author, Ainsley Harriott, was married to Claire Fellows for over 23 years. Being one of the most prominent chefs in the late 80s and early 90s, his marriage to Claire brought her to the spotlight. However, their marriage later hit the rocks after welcoming two children together. Read on as we unfold all to know about Ainsley Harriott’s ex-wife.
Claire Fellow is a Native of Yorkshire County
Ainsley Harriott’s ex-wife was born in Yorkshire, a country in the northern part of England, on the 5th of July 1961. Claire Fellow, currently 61 years old, is of white ethnicity and is a British citizen.
She prefers keeping her personal life private despite being married to a popular personality. This is evident, as a very little aspect of her personal life is known. Claire Fellow has decided not to disclose who her parents are and what they do. This has made it difficult to ascertain her family background.
However, an online report disclosed that the costume designer grew up alongside three siblings—two sisters and a brother. According to the same report, her brother, Graham Fellow, is a popular English actor, musician, and comedian well-known for his 1978 single, Jilted John. She did not reveal details about her other siblings, including their names and occupation. Claire Fellow is the youngest of her siblings.
There is no record of Claire Fellow’s educational background, making it impossible to ascertain whether she had any tertiary education. However, based on the reports that she is from a wealthy background, we assume that she must have gotten the best education.
Claire Fellow was Ainsley Harriott’s Wife For 23 Years
The English chef and his ex-wife started their marriage on sweet and romantic grounds, however, not all lovely beginning end well. The ex-couple was caught in this web as the ending part of their marriage was rocked by several controversies.
They Met Each Other in the Late ’80s
Chef Harriott met his ex-wife Claire Fellow in the late 1980s in a random clothes boutique. The chef didn’t disclose the actual date or the place where the boutique is located. However, it was disclosed that they met and exchanged contacts after having a very brief conversation. At this period, Chef Harriott wasn’t popular as a chef or a television presenter.
Reports have it that they walked down the aisle in 1989 after a few periods of courtship. They didn’t disclose the kind of wedding ceremony they had or whether it was elaborate. Meanwhile, reports have it that their wedding was witnessed by family and friends.
Their marriage was blissful from when they tied the knot until the turbulence that got them divorced. However, their marriage lasted for 23 years before they took different sides.
When Did Ainsley Harriott Divorce His ex-wife Claire Fellow?
News of Ainsley and Claire’s divorce was first reported by a number of media sources in November 2012. These rumors were confirmed by a representative for Chef Harriott. He stated they had a completely amicably split and still co-parenting their children.
Later, Ainsley confirmed that he and his wife had really divorced during an interview with the Daily Mirror. He discussed how his relationship with Claire ended abruptly.
After their separation, there were two major reasons that were rumored as the reasons for their split: One was that Ainsley Harriott was gay, while the other was that the chef was having extramarital affairs. However, none of these rumors were confirmed by Ainsley Harriott or his ex-wife as true. Meanwhile, they still decided to keep the reason for their split private.
After their divorce, Claire Fellow moved to North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in the United States, where she now resides. Currently, there is no report that states she got remarried, therefore, Ainsley Harriott’s ex-wife is single. Meanwhile, this may last for a while, as she may decide to try giving love a chance once again.
What To Know About Claire Fellow’s Ex-Husband
Ainsley Harriott, the ex-husband of Claire Fellows, is well known for the BBC cookery game programs Can’t Cook, Ready Steady Cook, and Can’t Cook. Born on February 28, 1957, and currently 65 years old, Chef Harriott was raised in Paddington, London, by his parents, Peppy and Chester Leroy Harriott.
Harriott graduated from Wandsworth Comprehensive School and received his education at Westminster Kingsway College (previously known as Westminster Technical College). Afterward, he served as a commis chef at Verrey’s restaurant in London’s West End.
He became popularly known as an English chef, comedian, singer, and television presenter. Ainsley Harriott and his old friend Paul Boross established the Calypso Twins, who had success with the name ‘World Party’ in the early 1990s. The Calypso Twins frequently performed at Jongleurs and the Comedy Store, as well as in America and on radio and television shows.
Claire Fellow’s ex-husband was appointed chief chef at Lord’s Cricket Ground’s Long Room. Harriott was engaged as the regular chef on Good Morning with Anne and Nick and went on to serve as the show’s host on Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, and Ready Steady Cook, both programs that featured audience participation.
In 1993, Harriott portrayed a GELF chief in the science fiction comedy Red Dwarf. For the show’s tenth anniversary in 1998, he produced a special episode of Won’t Cook called Can’t Smeg, Can’t Cook, Won’t Smeg that included the show’s cast acting out a scene in the kitchen.
The Couple Welcomed Two Children During Their Marriage
The marriage between Ainsley Harriott and his ex-wife was blessed with two children. Because they are parents who are very protective of their children, most of their information is kept under wraps. Nevertheless, here is all we know about their children.
Jimmy Harriot was born in 1992, just a few years after Ainsley Harriott walked down the aisle with his ex-wife, Claire Fellow. Not only is he the first child, but he is also their only son. Information regarding his personal and professional life has been shielded from the public.
Just like her brother, not much is known about Maggie. However, reports have it that she was born in 1995, which makes her 28 years old. Maggie is the second child and the only female child of her parents. Other information about her education and personal and professional life remains unavailable.
What Does Ainsley Harriott’s Ex-wife do For a Living?
Claire Fellows is reportedly a costume designer, though where she works has not been revealed. The chef’s ex-wife has not disclosed some of the work she has done. However, we believe she will display some of her works with time.