Davinia Taylor at home by David Poole

The house party’s over: With her wild times behind her, heiress Davinia Taylor is selling her £6million London home

When loo roll heiress Davinia Taylor first set eyes on her bright white Victorian villa in St John’s Wood in North London it was love at first sight.

Fast forward five years and the former Hollyoaks actress’s affection for the seven-bedroom house has not waned, but sadly her marriage to football agent David Gardner, who is best friends with David Beckham, has been less enduring.

The pair divorced last year, with Gardner citing Davinia’s ‘unreasonable behaviour’, and Davinia, who battled alcoholism and depression before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, lost custody of their three-year-old son Grey.

She now has to sell the property as part of the divorce settlement and she is so desperate to move on that she has slashed half-a-million pounds off the asking price to £5.95 million.

‘Someone will come along and take advantage of that situation – I know I would. We’re selling for pretty much the same amount as we bought it for in 2005,’ says the 33-year-old whose father, Alan Murphy, made his £200 million fortune making toilet paper.

Davinia, who gained notoriety as a key player in the Primrose Hill party set that includes Kate Moss, Jude Law and Sadie Frost, admits leaving the house behind will be bitter-sweet because it holds so many memories, fondest of which is the time she put up Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Grace for six months in the basement.

‘Kate had just split up with Pete Doherty and was in between houses so it was a bit of a refuge for her.

‘There were 20 paparazzi standing outside the front door every day.


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