EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Roald Dahl’s family win £ 370million gold ticket in Netflix deal


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When Charlie Bucket discovered a Golden Ticket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka promised that “huge things” were in store.

The family of book author Roald Dahl will soon have enough cash to buy as many chocolate shops as they want, plus a few large glass elevators for good measure.

Because I can reveal that Netflix owes Dahl’s estate the astronomical sum of £ 370million for the famous novelist’s catalog – over £ 1million for every day of the year.

The deal will give the US streaming giant the right to turn its books into movies or TV series.

Roald Dahl with his wife Patricia Neal and their children Olivia, Tessa and Theo at their White Fields home in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

The amount paid by Netflix is ​​disclosed in newly filed documents for RD Payments Limited, which was established in 2017.

The director of the company is Luke Kelly, grandson of the author and half-brother of former model Sophie Dahl.

It is reported as “the proceeds of the sale held by the company’s lawyers”. The shareholders of the company are Dahl’s widow, Felicity, 83; Ophelia Dahl, his 57-year-old daughter with his first wife, the late Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal; and Gipsy House Trustees Ltd, controlled by Ophelia.

Felicity is believed to have inherited the majority of Dahl’s £ 2.8million fortune upon her death in 1990 at the age of 74.

It is understood that all of her grandchildren will benefit from the agreement. When it was announced last year that Netflix had signed the deal, no details of the money involved were given.

Over 300 million copies of Dahl’s books have been sold and they have been translated into 63 languages. It’s unclear why his estate signed the deal, but they will have been aware of the rampant ‘cancellation culture’.

Dahl’s colorful life was not without controversy, and he was known to have made a number of anti-Semitic remarks.

In 2020, his family apologized for his comments. They have since announced that part of the deal’s proceeds will be used to create a charitable trust to support charitable partners in children’s health, anti-hate and anti-racism.

Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret vividly in The Crown, is just as lively in real life.

Helena Bonham Carter comes alive as she eats lunch with boyfriend Rye Dag Holmboe in Primrose Hill

Helena Bonham Carter comes alive as she eats lunch with boyfriend Rye Dag Holmboe in Primrose Hill

Helena Bonham Carter and Rye Dag Holmboe at Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards

Helena Bonham Carter and Rye Dag Holmboe at Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards

The actress, 55, couldn’t hide her puzzled facial expressions during a lunch with her art historian boyfriend, Rye Dag Holmboe, 22 her junior, at Primrose Hill in London. Bonham

Carter met Holmboe at a wedding in 2018. The couple have since moved in together.

She insists their age difference has never been a problem, adding, “He’s an old soul in a young body, what more could I want?”

Best-selling novelist Adele Parks, who received an MBE in the New Year’s Honors List, is keen to stop one in particular from reading her books: her son, Conrad.

She thinks they’re too racy for him, even though he’s 21.

“I’m pretty glad he doesn’t read my books because they’re usually very scorching – it’s something I’m very comfortable talking about, except maybe with my son.”

She discusses the intrigues with him but sidesteps the scorching scenes. ‘I’m like’ Well … she’s leaving with the two men … ‘

Why Lily will always be daddy’s girl

Having a pop legend for your dad might be beneficial for an aspiring actress, but Emily In Paris star Lily Collins has revealed she is considering ditching her famous last name.

Musician Phil Collins ’32-year-old daughter, 70, said: “When I was trying to start my entertainment journey I was told,’ What makes you special? There are so many family members there. Why you?’

Lily Collins wears red beret as she shoots another Emily scene in Paris

Lily Collins wears red beret as she shoots another Emily scene in Paris

“But I’m so proud of what my last name stands for, what my dad did. I didn’t want to change it.

No doubt her husband Charlie McDowell sympathizes: he is the son of A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell.

Emotional Alice puts her bag …

When Alice Naylor-Leyland shared a photo of a dozen pieces of luggage outside her Cambridgeshire mansion, her friends thought she had to move.

In fact, she was going to the Bahamas to see her father.

Alice Naylor Leyland found one of her bags 16 days after she went missing.  She wrote: “This is only business.  But some special memories and memories here.  Delighted'

Alice Naylor Leyland found one of her bags 16 days after she went missing. She wrote: “This is only business. But some special memories and memories here. Delighted’

But then British Airways lost a bag! Finally, 16 days later, the socialite was reunited with her.

“There are memories here,” says Alice, 35, whose husband Tom is heir to the £ 176million Fitzwilliam land estate. I suspect they’ll be booking a private jet next time.

Elvis supports buyout of Swift

Billy Joel was criticized recently for daring to compare pop princess Taylor Swift to the Beatles, but Elvis Costello went even further and supported her to one day lead the music business.

The Oliver’s Army singer says Swift, 32, is no flash in the pan.

“When people were like, ‘Taylor Swift will be here today, he’ll be gone tomorrow,’ I was like, ‘are you really sure about that? We will all end up working for her.

Costello, 67, adds, “She’s smart and she knows what she’s doing. She can write and sing, and people love it. What’s wrong with that?

  • Turner Prize-winning ceramicist Grayson Perry’s cross-dressing may have been accepted by his mother-in-law, but she gave up on the neon yellow Crocs he bought for her daughter one Christmas. “My mother was horrified,” Grayson’s wife, psychotherapist and author Philippa Perry, said of the screaming moss clogs. She said, ‘You can’t wear them in London. Philippa, who grew up in Cheshire, adds, “I said, ‘Oh mum, you think it’s the 50’s and everyone is wearing New Look Dior. “
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