Actor Vicky McClure and producer and actor Jonny Owen met seven years ago on a film set.

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The first conversation actors Vicky McClure and Jonny Owen had was pretty deep. ‘We spoke on the phone about the characters we were playing in a film called Svengali who were in love. In the same breath, we talked about how we felt about love ourselves and I thought, this is the perfect guy,’ recalls McClure of that initial encounter seven years ago. Filming began in Wales and by the time the shoot moved to London a week later, they were a couple. ‘I remember we had a day off and decided to meet for a walk along the South Bank,’ continues Owen. ‘At the end of that day, we moved in together and we’ve never been apart since.’

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"Jonny isn’t a petals and roses guy: he’d find that cheesy and I’d burst out laughing."

Things they love include football (Owen is Director of the Nottingham Forest Football Club), food (Jonny does the best boiled egg and soldiers) and a good cup of tea. ‘I always make the last cup of tea at night and Vicky makes the first one in the morning,’ says Jonny – which perhaps explains why he proposed by hiding the engagement ring in with the teabags on Christmas Day last year. Wedding planning is underway but when they do get the chance to go away together, a hotel is a great place to slow down. ‘I’m a cleaning fanatic so the brilliant thing about being in a hotel is that there isn’t the option to wash a pot,’ says McClure. ‘Even if we chill at home for the weekend, I always find myself doing stuff but in a hotel you can actually relax.’

While McClure is the one who might arrange a surprise weekend away, Owen is more unconventionally romantic. ‘Jonny isn’t a petals and roses guy: he’d find that cheesy and I’d burst out laughing. I wouldn’t expect that but I see a side to Jonny that the people he has known all his life don’t, which I love.’

Vicky and Jonny at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall
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Embrace history and modernity at London Marriott Hotel County Hall, located in the bustling South Bank, steps away from Westminster Bridge. Situated in London’s former County Hall, overlooking the Houses of Parliament, our hotel embodies the city's storied history and quintessentially British spirit. Views of Big Ben and the London Eye are vividly on display from many of our guest rooms, suites and public spaces, while 5-star amenities set the stage for an inspired stay.