Gordon Ramsay has told how he underwent a painful beauty treatment to have the deep grooves on his chin filled in, on the advice of Simon Cowell. The tough-talking F Word host, known for his craggy looks, told the Radio Times he took the advice from the X Factor judge after making it big in the United States. He told the magazine: "My mother said they were smile lines. I could deal with that at 21, but not at 42." He continued: "Simon Cowell suggested that now I'm a success in America, I should do something, so I had a filler put under the deep crevices. It hurt." He also praised his "brilliant" wife Tana and told how the media storm following rumours that he had had an affair "made us incredibly closer with the support of friends like David and Victoria (Beckham) and our families". Speaking about how his wife has faced criticism after signing up for ITV's Dancing On Ice, he said "already jibes have started - she's called 'Clingon', 'Gordon's little limpet'. "Holy mackerel! Some women columnists are much more vicious than men. Bitter. Vindictive. "But Tana's resilient, a young mum of 34 who dedicated eight years to bringing up our children brilliantly."
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.