Escape to the Chateau stars Dick Strawbridge MBE and Angel Adoree (real name Angela Newman) have been married for six years and together, they share Arthur, 8 and Dorothy, 7. Over the years, as their fame and show’s popularity rose, fans have been interested in their love story and the former British Amy Lieutenant Colonel once said he thought “about ending this [their relationship]” during the early days of dating one another.
Dick and Angel star in the hit Channel 4 show Escape to the Chateau which follows them slowly transforming their 19th Century French castle.
While the renovations make for good viewing, fans enjoy seeing the husband and wife’s relationship. But how did they meet?
They were introduced to one another at a 40th birthday party Angel was hosting – having both shared the same agent at the time.
Dick – who was appearing on Coast and Scraphead Challenge at the time – managed to bag an invite.
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At that point, Dick had been separated form his ex-wife Brigit for six years.
The estranged couple have two adult children, James, 36 and Charlotte, 34.
Recalling the first time he met Angel, Dick said: “The first thing I saw when I met Angel – I call her Angela – was her smile. It’s phenomenal.
“We knew that there was something at first sight and we fell in love very quickly.”
At the beginning of their romance, Dick was living in Cornwall, while Angel was living in London, and apparently, he won Angel over by sending her vintage items including pegs to hand her stockings.
However, their age gap of 20 years was always in the back of Dick’s mind and he thought Angel should date someone younger, which she could start a family with.
“After spending Christmas together we knew we had to have the conversation. I said: ‘Damn, girl, this is wonderful, but we really have to think about ending this,’” he explained.
Angel commented on the difference in their age and she said: “The age gap just didn’t matter. I didn’t think about it really.
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“Dick thought about it at one point, but we got over it five minutes later.
“Age is but a number, and Dick’s always had a really wonderful energy and he’s a doer.
“It was definitely love at first sight. The night we met properly, we consider to be our anniversary,” she added.