Older divorcees are driving up house prices, actress Penelope Keith has claimed.
The star of legendary Seventies sitcom The Good Life believes affluent couples who split in their 50s and 60s are inflating property prices by buying flats and smaller homes after they separate. Older couples should be encouraged to stay together instead, she believes.
Keith, now 73, told Country Life magazine:
“I read of affordable houses that are £300,000. Sorry? Affordable for whom? If only we could educate people to go on living together for longer. It’s all these single dwellings, all these women in their fifties and sixties who suddenly want their own space. To do what?”
The veteran actress has been married to husband Rodney Timson since 1978 and the couple have two adopted children.
After The Good Life finished in 1978, Keith went on to star in hugely popular BBC sitcom To The Manor Born, which attracted audiences of more than 20 million at its height.
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