Gorgeous George and his woman of substance
Clooney might be top of the Hollywood A-List, but it is his formidable fiancee who is the real catch, writes Julia Molony
Amal Alamuddin is an entirely new kind of public woman. She's sprung from the chambers of London to the pages of Vanity Fair. And, in the space of a year, has graduated from coming in at number one on a list of London's hottest barristers, to becoming globally famous.
It's not just because she's one of a handful of globally renowned human rights lawyers whose services are called on for the most complex civil liberties cases. It isn't that she has taken on one of the most high-profile clients around, and is currently defending Julian Assange against extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges. Or the fact that her heavy case-load at the moment meant that she had to turn down a prestigious invitation to sit on a board of investigation into war crimes in Gaza, at which she said, "I am honoured . . . but given existing commitments - including eight ongoing cases - unfortunately I could not accept this role."
Her newfound fame springs from her trophy husband. Next month, Alamuddin is set to achieve what millions of women have aspired to do but failed - she'll tie the knot with serial dater George Clooney at a ceremony at his villa in Lake Como.