Wednesday 21 February 2018

Spider-Man 2 star Felicity Jones splits up with Oxford boyfriend

Actress Felicity Jones attends
Actress Felicity Jones attends "The Invisible Woman" New York Premiere at Museum of Modern Art

Richard Eden

With a part in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 among her future roles, Felicity Jones is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after young actresses.

Sadly, the success of the Wadham College alumna's career is not being matched in her love life.

Jones has split up with her boyfriend, Ed Fornieles, whom she had been courting since they were both at Oxford University, he studying at the Ruskin. “It is very sad, but they have drifted apart,” one of her friends tells Mandrake.

The couple lived together in Hackney, east London, in a property with 20 tortoises in the garden. She was, however, spending an increasing amount of time in Los Angeles.

The 30-year-old actress, who played Emma Carter in The Archers, once said she had been left with a “slightly jaded perspective on things” after the separation of her parents, an advertising executive and a journalist who split up when she was three.

“I think your parents divorcing makes you quite emotionally intelligent,” she said. “You realise that your parents are real people at a young age. What was it that David Mamet said? People who go into entertainment are not often happy and fulfilled people. You feel the need to tell stories for a reason.”

Fornieles, who set up the Wallis Gallery, helped Jones prepare for her role as an artist in Sir David Hare’s television thriller Page Eight. He introduced her to his friends at the Royal College of Art, where she hung out and even attempted to take some “terrible pictures” herself.

At the Frieze art fair in 2012, Fornieles set up a fake singles website, Characterdate, which encouraged people to adopt a false identity, transforming both them and their dating experiences into a narrative in the process.

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