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Keith Allen has admitted that he wants his daughter Lily to become less outspoken as she grows older. The actor confirmed that he is impressed by the way Lily has coped with life in the spotlight but believes the 23-year-old still has lessons to learn. "She's a smart cookie. She was very young when she started, and she's got a gob on her, like me," Allen told The Times. "She's very singular and would rather learn by failure than by being (more) »
- By Daniel Kilkelly
Keith Allen has been holding private screenings of his documentary There Are Dark Forces at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, which examines conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed, allegedly includes footage of a young Prince Philip attending Nazi events. It also contains secret camera recordings of members of the media discussing the circumstances surrounding the 1997 (more) »
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Lily Allen's actor father Keith has come out in defence of his daughter - insisting the pop star is extremely brave for carrying on with her TV show despite a flurry of bad reviews.
Allen's TV debut, Lily Allen and Friends, was deemed a flop after it failed to attract high enough ratings, with its first episode only drawing 255,000 viewers - just two per cent of the potential audience.
But the 22-year-old has vowed to continue fronting the show after it was commissioned for a second series by British TV channel Bbc Three.
And Keith Allen has praised the singer for her resilience, especially in light of her recent personal troubles, which include suffering a miscarriage earlier this year and splitting with boyfriend Ed Simons shortly afterwards.
He says, "It was a very, very tough time for her. (But she has) come out fighting.
"To wake up the day after your show basically being told that you're talentless and useless, it's pretty tough. She carried on, and power to her. It seems unfair because I think the show is absolutely fine." »
The Trainspotting star is making a feature-length documentary about Al-Fayed and the inquest into the deaths of British royal Diana, Princess of Wales, and his son Dodi Fayed, who were both killed in a Paris, France car crash in August 1997.
Al-Fayed is convinced the couple was murdered, and, during his testimony at London's High Court in February, maintained his belief that they were assassinated by British security services acting on the orders of Prince Philip, the husband of British monarch Queen Elizabeth Ii.
And, although the inquest's jury has yet to make their decision, Allen wants to finish editing his documentary before the Cannes Film Festival begins in France on 14 May.
The jury retired to make its decision on Wednesday and is expected to release its verdict later this month. »
Lily Allen's actor father Keith is to follow in the footsteps of his pop star daughter by launching his own singing career.
And Allen penned a collection of songs for his famous daughter before she landed a record deal, but after the Smile singer refused to use any of his songs, he has decided to record them himself.
He says, "I worked very hard on these 11 songs for Lily, and she decided not to use them. A 15-year-old girl sounded ridiculous singing the lyrics of a 40-year-old man.
"But it inspired me to write the album we're working on."
British star Lily Allen's father used to steal his ex-wife's expensive pots and pans to sell on the street - because he was so short of money.
The Ldn hitmaker used to accompany her cash-strapped dad - actor Keith Allen - to Portobello Market, in London, to help him shift the stolen goods.
And the singer, 22 - who witnessed her father split from her mum, movie-maker Alison Owen, when she was four years old - blames money struggles for her parents' marriage breakdown.
She says, "When my parents split up my dad was completely skint. He's come and pick me and my brother up and steal my mum's Le Creuset pots and pans and make us go to Portobello market and sell them.
"But we'd get moved on because we didn't have a licence." »
British singer Lily Allen has praised her therapist for helping her overcome the trauma of losing a baby, and forcing her to accept she's not ready to be a mum.
Through professional help, the Smile hitmaker - whose parents, actor Keith Allen and film-maker Alison Owen, divorced when she was four - has come to realise her obsessive desire for a family stems from her own troubled childhood.
However, the singer is slowly coming to terms with her loss - and the damaging effects of her youth.
She says, "My childhood was really tough, although I didn't think of it in that way at the time. I used to feel sorry for myself and I could never work out why. But I need to give myself that. I think having a child was the idea of reliving my childhood but doing it right.
"But since I lost the baby I think maybe I wasn't ready and it gives me the chance to sort it all out in a better way. I'm working through it in therapy. I've done therapy for years by not properly because I used to lie to my therapist. But now I've started to be honest and I'm much happier." »
7 items from 2008
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