Apart from the obvious thought that if no-one wants to say it, then don't say it, the disapproval is thicker than a tub of French anti-ageing night cream."Yarbrough's age shouldn't matter." Clearly it does. There'd been divorces, new partners, lots of the usual drama over the years.
Relaxing in a cream top, black cotton Capri pants and high-heeled clacky mules, Sandra cheerfully points out that Mark was born in 1969, the year she arrived in Britain from her native Washington DC as a 20-year-old ingenue. Sandra played the Empress of China in Aladdin, Mark was PC Pong and, she says, the attraction was mutual. I came to realise that you fall in love with a person, not their age.’And when asked what Mark’s mother thought about her son’s choice of partner, Sandra is as honest as she is forthright: ‘If I’d been her, I’d have been beside myself that my son was hanging out with some old broad like me,’ she laughs.
Sandra, who is now 60, still lingers in the public imagination as Trillian in the classic BBC television serialisation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
But her acting credits include such fondly remembered ‘classics’ as 2point4 Children and Triangle – the soap opera set aboard a North Sea ferry – together with a host of cameo appearances alongside the likes of The Two Ronnies.
Mariah Carey, 42, has had twins with Nick Cannon–that’s a 10-year age gap. But top of the tree, as ever, is Madonna, 53, who is at least considering a marriage proposal from her 24-year-old boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat.
But no one raises an eyebrow at a 29-year age gap any more. There’s on television and dating sites like Cougar