Despite playing racy Queen Helena in hit TV series The Royals, real life for recently single Elizabeth Hurley is more about jam-making than bed-hopping.
But, as she tells Amy E Williams, the dating scene beckons – and she’s not ruling out a younger man‘Most of the people I meet also have ex-girlfriends or ex-wives and children.
For better or for worse, we are the first generation of women to turn traditional ideas of middle age on their head.
We're back in the work force, if indeed we ever left it when our children were young, with more money and a knowledge that we can take care of ourselves financially.
Her story is an illustration in microcosm of why sexually transmitted diseases among the over-45s are on the increase.
Health Protection Agency figures show a 60per cent increase in cases of chlamydia in 2008 in this age group, compared to 2004.
'For a year,' she says, 'I fooled around, sleeping with more than ten men.
'I didn't always use protection - caught without any, in the heat of the moment, I threw caution to the wind.
The gossip press loved the idea he had undergone some sort of man-over during their relationship – whiter teeth, thicker hair, tauter skin.
By her own admission, Judy Hollis's behaviour was thoughtlessly promiscuous.
‘Oh you’re very kind, it’s all about backlighting,’ she insists.)Joan Collins is Elizabeth’s glamorous co-star in E!
’s TV show The Royals, which we’ve met to discuss over breakfast in a Soho hotel.
Though she modestly claims she is no longer in a position to play sexy leading ladies – ‘I’m more in the mum category now!