Pauline Collins, 81, has been married to fellow actor John Alderton, 81, since 1969, with the couple sharing three children together.The actress previously revealed the secret to her marriage, with her crediting their relationship to the fact that they give each other “space”Speaking in 1999 to The Sunday Mirror, Pauline revealed why she believed her marriage had survived, compared to many other Hollywood relationships which have failed.She said: “Hold onto your man with your arms wide open – it’s a great image and I’ve always lived by it.”John and I have never suffocated each other.

It’s so important to give your partner freedom.”We do miss each other when we’re separated, but we also enjoy each other’s freedom – I’m pleased that he’s doing something new and exciting, even if I’m staying at home.”The actress recalled filming Paradise Road in 1997, with John starting on a stage play “on exactly the same day”.She said: “It meant we couldn’t visit each other, but it also meant we had something to tell each other.”Adding to her secrets to a happy marriage, the star penned: “You need constant stimulus to keep a marriage alive.

If you don’t have anything new to tell each other, or fresh points of view, you get stale.”I’ve spent plenty of time with my husband, because we’ve worked together on five television series and four West End plays, but spaces are good in a marriage and we’ve had a lot of those.We’re like two trees side by side.