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Fit for a king

A grey, humid afternoon and, as the lunchtime traffic edges its way along Piccadilly, high above, in the serene, gilt-flecked opulence of the Ritz’s royal suite, George Blagden and I are talking about sex. Specifically, the frequent, enthusiastic, often explosive sex featured in the BBC’s new blockbuster Versailles, in which he stars as the bed-hopping 17th-century king, Louis XIV — and which, despite having only just hit our screens, has already seen it dubbed ‘porn dressed up in a cravat and tights’ by the press and earned the ire of Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen, who lamented what he described as the Corporation’s ‘race to the bottom, quite literally’…READ MORE

Photography: Muir Vidler

Styling: Anish Patel