Who is Alex Zane’s estranged wife, Nettie Wakefield? The artist was in a relationship with Poldark’s Aidan Turner

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Alex Zane announced his split from Nettie Wakefield this week – just five months after the couple held a wedding party.

The presenter, 43, and the performer, 35, said in a joint statement that they’ve decided to end their five-year relationship, and while it hasn’t been easy, they remain “best friends.”

Here we take a look at who Alex’s estranged wife is – from her impressive career as a pencil artist to her string of famous exes.

Divide

All over: Alex Zane announced his split from Nettie Wakefield this week – just five months after the couple held a wedding party

Alex and Nettie confirmed their split in a statement.

They said, “We leave each other in the best way possible for two people who shared incredible experiences, full of love and laughter and as many happy memories as two people can make in that time.”

“We remain best friends despite the decision to go our separate ways. Our friends and family have been very supportive during this time and we appreciate all the help we have received.

“Of course it’s never easy to leave a relationship, but we move forward knowing we can rely on the other person.”

They insisted the split is “amicable” and will remain close friends to raise their beloved dog Simon together.

Alex added: “It’s as amicable a divorce as can be and of course we will continue to co-parent our whippet, Simon.”

Wedding

All Over: Alex said they

All Over: Alex said they “remain best friends” after deciding to split late last year

Split: Alex took to Instagram to announce his split from Nettie

Split: Alex took to Instagram to announce his split from Nettie

Daan who proposed to Nettie in 2018, after a ‘whirlwind romance of a year’.

The couple had exchanged vows during the pandemic, but they were forced to limit their number of wedding guests due to Covid restrictions, as was the big celebration last August.

Zane previously said the party, held in July, was the wedding they “always planned” for in 2020 but couldn’t go ahead due to restrictions.

The TV star’s brother officiated at the ceremony, with the wedding party enjoying a carrot and maple cake and a speech from his mother.

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Artist

Talented: Pencil artist Nettie has collaborated with top artists such as Banksy and Damian Hirst

Talented: Pencil artist Nettie has collaborated with top artists such as Banksy and Damian Hirst

Pencil artist Nettie has collaborated with top artists such as Banksy and Damian Hirst.

Her art has also been auctioned alongside work by Tracey Emin, the Chapman brothers and Jonathan Yeo.

Nettie’s main work is inverted portraits, in which she approaches strangers at subway stations to get pictures of their hair for drawings.

Nettie, who grew up in Barnes, south west London, has been exhibiting her work in London since completing her master’s degree in 2013.

Love life

Heartthrob: Nettie previously dated Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner (pictured in 2016) before her five-year relationship with Alex

Heartthrob: Nettie previously dated Poldark heartthrob Aidan Turner (pictured in 2016) before her five-year relationship with Alex

Before finding love with Alex, Nettie, whose artwork hangs in the capital’s Groucho Club and Maddox Gallery, enjoyed a six-month romance with Poldark heartthrob, Aiden Turner.

The couple split in 2017 with reports claiming they were “driven apart by conflicting work schedules.”

A source said at the time: ‘It was going great for a while and they got serious – but it just wasn’t to be and busy schedules drove them apart.

“They have drifted and things have cooled down, but there are no hard feelings. Aidan is incredibly busy with his career and Nettie’s art is really taking off, so they had a lot on their plate.’

Nettie also dated Tom Sturridge, Sienna Miller’s ex, and was also linked to Robert Pattinson.

In 2011, the artist was spotted partying with Robert at The Sun Inn, near Barnes, in southwest London.

Love life: Nettie was previously in a relationship with Sienna Miller's ex, Tom Sturridge

Dating history: She was linked to Robert Pattinson in the past

Love life: Nettie was previously in a relationship with Sienna Miller’s ex Tom Sturridge (L) and was linked to Robert Pattinson (R) in the past

A bystander said they were “touchy” and “giggled like teenagers.”

The pair had known each other for years through Tom-Nettie’s ex-boyfriend and a close friend of Pattinson’s.

Tom and Nettie went on several double dates with Robert and his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart and were all seen together at Sturridge’s sister’s wedding reception.

Sturridge dated Sienna for five years. They had a daughter, Marlowe, in July 2012.

Done: Alex and Nettie got married in a small ceremony during the pandemic, but celebrated last year

Done: Alex and Nettie got married in a small ceremony during the pandemic, but celebrated last year

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