Alan Titchmarsh is known by staff at Madame Tussaud’s for a very strange reason, and his wife’s reaction is hilarious.
The 72-year-old gardener turned television personality has become an “unlikely sex symbol of the gardening world” and the number of times staff at Madame Tussaud’s have to clean his wax work’s face is testament to that.
Apparently, fans kiss his waxwork so often that it needs to be washed at least twice a week to remove the lipstick.
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Alan and Alison have been together for 46 years
(Image: Steve Parsons/PA Photos)
“They tell me that’s true,” he told The Mirror in 2012.
“I’ve never been round to check though. I am a bit bewildered by the attention – I think it’s because I look pretty harmless.”
His wife of 46 years, Alison, finds the rumour amusing but doesn’t take it too seriously.
He added: “Alison treats it with great amusement and a raised eyebrow.
“I’ve always thought it’s a great big joke and the minute I take it seriously someone will say ‘Come off it, we were only kidding’!”
In the same interview, he revealed that the Queen startled him when she gave him his MBE at Buckingham Palace.
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He reported that she said: “You’ve given a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure.”
Alan brushed off the comment, providing a more toned-down explanation.
He told The Mirror: “She must have been referring to the talk I’d just given to the Sandringham WI. It went well.”
Alan is friendly with the Queen after presenting TV coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for many years and making documentaries of the royal family.
Alan became a familiar face after his gardening stints on Nationwide and Breakfast Time in the early 1980s.
The BBC’s Ground Force raised his fame even further, and his list of achievements is now extensive.
Love Your Garden, his latest show, next airs on Sunday August 15 at 9.25am on ITV.
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