Penelope Keith: older divorcees are driving up house prices

Divorce|Family|News|May 22nd 2013

Monopoly housesOlder 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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  1. JamesB says:

    Twenties, thirties, Forties, Fifties and sixties. She may have a point.

  2. Caroline says:

    Has she not thought that a lot of the women are not leaving their husbands because they want more space but that the husband is the one who wants them to leave because they’ve realised they want to spread themselves around other women?
    I am now in this position & am moving out with my 16 year old daughter for this exact reason. I would stay but because he has done this before, more than once, I owe it to my self before he finaly sends me over the edge. I am now having to try & get a rented house for under £400 a month & I will have to now do that on benefits because of severe health issues. He will no doubt have a great time spending money he hasn’t realy got & bankrupt himself again all in the name of vanity. I wish I was a famous actress who could afford a nice place.

  3. Lukey says:

    So, let me get this straight, Penelope Keith is saying couples who don’t want to be together should stay under the same roof anyway because she is worried that they are driving up house prices by being beastly and separating !

    You can’t make it up…

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