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.
Over 60s dating isn’t usually something we grew up hearing about – in many cultures it’s been custom to stay single if you’ve lost a partner in your sixties.
Today times are changing and they should be – at sixty you might have forty or more years left of your life, so why stay single?
But what might the real benefits of dating someone younger be?
are designed to let you be yourself and they honor the fact that you have a lot of experience under your belt.
It doesn’t help that women have been wired for centuries to equate their worth with youth and beauty. “It is often the limiting thoughts a woman has absorbed that can create problems for the couple,” says Winter.
“If she is fearful, insecure and doubting her merit, she will never be able to accept that her younger man loves her.” Winter adds that media reports about Demi Moore’s obsession with looking young are “the perfect example of how the ideal of youth and beauty can torture even the most lovely example of a modern-day woman.” The idea that one must maintain an illusion of youth to keep a younger partner is illogical. “It's an up-front buy that he's willing to accept, because he values the totality of who she is and what she brings to his life.” Talk about family planning.
On August 16, she will marry her fiance Mark Osmond, an actor and drama teacher 20 years her junior.
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.