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Jennifer Lynton — Anthony Hopkins' Ex-wife Was Married to Him for 29 Years

Dayna Remus
Jul 20, 2022
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Jennifer Lynton, an ambitious young woman from Sussex, England, life changed when she was asked to pick up an inebriated Anthony Hopkins. Find out more about what happened behind closed doors between Hopkins and his ex-wife of 29 years.

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From a young age, Jennifer Lynton longed to work in the entertainment industry. An ambitious young lady, she slowly but surely worked her way up the ladder.

Through this process, she would meet her future husband in the most peculiar way. This led to a relationship that lasted for almost three decades.

 Anthony Hopkins marries Jennifer Lyntonat Barnes Methodist Church on 13th January 1973. | Source: Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins marries Jennifer Lyntonat Barnes Methodist Church on 13th January 1973. | Source: Getty Images

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THE LIFE OF JENNIFER LYNTON

Jennifer Lynton was born in Rustington, Sussex, and attended a boarding school in Kent. After developing a crush on screenwriter and actor Dirk Bogarde as a teen, she dedicated herself to working in cinema.

She managed to get a job in publicity at the entertainment company Rank Organisation where she was seen as modest and diligent. A fellow publicity woman commented: "She was sugar-coating over flint - very mousey and average when you met her, a real goer underneath."

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton on 18th December 1972 in the United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton on 18th December 1972 in the United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images

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She stayed with the company for almost half a decade, working as a typist for a short time. Following this, she became an intern at the "Look at Life" movie documentary series.

However, she soon managed to maneuver her way up and get a job as a production assistant at Pinewood Studios – a career move that changed her life forever when the iconic actor Anthony Hopkins laid eyes on her.

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Jennifer Lynton and Anthony Hopkins at the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.  | Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Lynton and Anthony Hopkins at the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills. | Source: Getty Images

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JENNIFER LYNTON AND ANTHONY HOPKINS: 29 YEARS OF MARRIAGE

It was while she was working at Pinewood Studios when Lynton met her future husband. Hopkins' marriage to Lynton has been the longest; they married in 1973 and divorced in 2002.

Upon meeting one another, Hopkins was inebriated. Her production company was working in assistance with the movie "Eight Bells Toll," where Hopkins was the star.

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton at an unspecified event at an unspecified location. | Source: Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton at an unspecified event at an unspecified location. | Source: Getty Images

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She hadn't come into contact with him until she received an anxiety-ridden call from Tedd Llyod, the production manager. He desperately needed her to pick the celebrity and Leon Collins up from Heathrow airport.

The two had missed their flight because of their drinking while the production unit was already on its way. With a warning from Lloyd that Hopkins was slightly erratic, she went to pick him up, only to meet up with an aggressive and belligerent man. Strangely enough, it was after this meeting that Lynton decided he would be the man she married.

At that time, Hopkins was married to his already-estranged first wife, Petronella Barker, and had a child who remains his only one: Abigail Hopkins. They officially divorced in 1972, after which he married Lynton in 1973.

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 Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton at the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 27, 1979.  | Source: Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton at the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 27, 1979. | Source: Getty Images

With a familial history of alcohol abuse, Hopkins himself stated that he found some stability with Lynton. However, it seems he still carried his substance abuse into the marriage.

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By 1996 they were living in different countries, with the actor stating that their marriage was perfect due to the freedom it afforded him. Then, by 2002, they officially divorced.

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton, at the Variety Club Show Business awards on 1st February 1994.  | Source: Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton, at the Variety Club Show Business awards on 1st February 1994. | Source: Getty Images

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WHERE IS JENNIFER LYNTON NOW?

From A young girl residing in Sussex, London, Lynton sadly did not reach her full potential of working in film. Suffice it to say, she still found herself close to the stars through the companies she worked through and her relationship with award-winning Hopkins-- although an admittedly imperfect marriage.

Since her divorce from her star-studded ex-husband, Lynton has chosen to go under the radar, withdrawing from the curious eyes of journalists and paparazzi. It seems as if her story about her time with Hopkins remains with her and her only.

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 Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton during The 68th Annual Academy Awards at in Los Angeles. | Source: Getty Images

Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Lynton during The 68th Annual Academy Awards at in Los Angeles. | Source: Getty Images

ANTHONY HOPKINS' CURRENT MARRIAGE TO STELLA ARROYAVE

Hopkins said he had closed himself off after the second marriage, but actress Stella Arroyave helped him open up to love again. The two initially ran into one another in 2003, and although he began feeling better, he struggled with trusting women and was slightly depressed.

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Before Arroyave became an actress, she used to work in antique dealing, which is how she met Hopkins when he made his way into her shop. The actor said he was immediately taken by the Colombian native as she instantaneously managed to touch his heart.

On their wedding day, which occurred the same year they met, the bride held a bouquet of Daffodils as she walked towards her future husband in Malibu at Hopkins' clifftop mansion. The scenery was beautiful as everyone overlooked the sea from the marquee.

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Big names attended the private ceremony, such as Nicole Kidman, Steven Spielberg, and Winona Ryder, to name a few. In general, the couple sometimes enjoys having people over for dinner, mostly celebrities. However, while stars surround the two, they mostly enjoy spending their time alone with one another.

The besotted husband has joked about her overzealous money-spending habits. However, many have taken this more seriously and speculated that Arroyave may only have married Hopkins for his money.

A man going by Jimmy Esebeg has attempted to warn Hopkins of his current wife, having allegedly taken legal action over a business deal gone wrong with Arroyave. But Hopkins remained silent in response to these rumors and has claimed he is happy and content with his current life.

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