This Famous 71-Year-Old Comedian Secretly Married His 30-Year-Old Mistress

Terry Jones, one of the mem­bers of the iconic Monty Python com­edy troupe, was hap­pily mar­ried to his wife for 42 years. They even report­edly had an open rela­tion­ship, which worked fine for them, until Jones fell in love with a stu­dent, Anna Soder­strom, who was 41 years younger than him.

Jones and Soder­strom met at one of his book sign­ings and the two started an illicit affair. His mis­tress even joined a belly danc­ing group in uni­ver­sity because her new sugar daddy, a self-professed sex freak, liked games and role play­ing in the bed­room, and wanted to spice up their sex life. When they first met, he was in his early 60s and she was only 23—he’s more than twice her age.

Jones and Soderstrom’s affair even­tu­ally led to the dis­so­lu­tion of his mar­riage, and Jones recently revealed that after his divorce was final­ized last year, he secretly mar­ried his much younger mis­tress. Not even their fam­ily or friends were invited to the pri­vate cer­e­mony in North London—the only peo­ple in atten­dance were Jones and Soderstrom’s daugh­ter, Siri, and their neigh­bors, who pre­sum­ably stood in as wit­nesses. “We kept it secret. We wanted to keep it quiet from the press,” said Jones.

Jones and Soder­strom aren’t the only ones who were able to over­look their 41-year age dif­fer­ence. Her father, who is 16 years younger than Jones, is totally on board with his daughter’s May-December rela­tion­ship. “I’ve never been against it in any sort of way. I’m very fond of Terry,” he said, adding, “I have no opin­ion on the age dif­fer­ence. Rela­tion­ships are not about that.”

What do you think: Is there such a thing as too big of an age dif­fer­ence when it comes to relationships?


Win­ter, K., “The belly-dancing Oxford grad­u­ate, 30, who stole 71-year-old Monty Python star Terry Jones’ heart,” Daily Mail web site, Novem­ber 25, 2013;

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