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Take That's Howard weds girlfriend in private ceremony


Howard Donald and Katie Halil

Howard Donald and Katie Halil

Howard Donald and Katie Halil

Take That star Howard Donald has married girlfriend Katie Halil in a private ceremony.

The 46-year-old singer has been dating the illustrator since 2010, but they are said to have met two years earlier while the band filmed their Christmas TV ad for Marks & Spencer.

The couple married on Friday in the grounds of a country house in Oxfordshire.

Donald's two bandmates Gary Barlow and Mark Owen are already married. Their former colleague Jason Orange - who left Take That last year - is believed to have been among the guests.

A spokesman for the band confirmed the wedding and said: "Howard Donald married Katie Halil at a very private ceremony for close family on January 2."

Halil, who graduated in graphic art and design, has worked with Donald's pals from the group by producing artwork for Owen's solo releases and animating the video for Barlow's Since I Saw You Last.

Donald was photographed in a purple jacket after the ceremony, which reportedly took place at Aynhoe Park in Oxfordshire - set in 250 acres of gardens designed by Capability Brown. Donald has two children from previous relationships.