Ronnie Corbett’s daughter is set to open boutique in Brighton

Ronnie Corbett and his daughter Sophie

Ronnie Corbett and his daughter Sophie

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A PINT-sized comedian is offering a little helping hand to his daughter’s new business.

Comedy legend Ronnie Corbett is to help launch his daughter Sophie’s new shop in Brighton after one of his comedy sketches inspired its name.

Sophie Corbett has named her new Brighton boutique in Victoria Street after one of her father’s most famous sketches of wordplay – Four Candles.

The shop will be opened at 2pm on Sunday by the comedy great.

Corbett rose to fame as a performer on The Frost Report before going on to become half of one of the UK’s most loved comedy duos in The Two Ronnies.

He appeared in the show with Ronnie Barker through the 1970s and 80s.

The 83-year-old is still working on TV well past retirement age.

His eldest daughter Sophie has followed her father’s footsteps into the world of entertainment to become one of Britain’s top voiceover performers in TV commercials while also founding bohemian clothing range marvinandmaud.com.

The 45-year-old lives in Connaught Terrace in Hove with her singer songwriter husband, Gordon Grahame, and two sons, actor Dylan, 16, and ballet dancer Billy, nine, who she says have backed her new project.

Sophie said that her store, which she is launching with her friend and business partner Siobhan Stagg, will sell “everything imaginable” ranging in price from £4 to £1,200.

In store, customers can find her own luxury bohemian clothes and bags under her designer label of Maud, her mother’s second name.

The shop will also stock hand-made furniture, Sam Ubhi jewellery, Ortigia beauty gifts, designer towels and beach-wear and bespoke haberdashery products created especially.

She added: “I have had such wonderful love from both my parents all my life that I wanted to pay tribute to them with the name for the boutique.

“My darling Dad will cut a ribbon to declare The Four Candles open.”

Her only sadness is that the late Ronnie Barker won’t be present.

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7:13am Fri 27 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Kerching, free ad alert, kerching, free ad alert, not news worthy is it?
Kerching, free ad alert, kerching, free ad alert, not news worthy is it? tykemison
  • Score: 5

7:21am Fri 27 Jun 14

babsticals says...

And the point of this story is ???
And the point of this story is ??? babsticals
  • Score: 8

7:37am Fri 27 Jun 14

stevensavage says...

free advertising for this shop because of daddy.what about the little guy trying to make a living with his stall in the market making ends meet on a shoe string budget
free advertising for this shop because of daddy.what about the little guy trying to make a living with his stall in the market making ends meet on a shoe string budget stevensavage
  • Score: 3

7:41am Fri 27 Jun 14

nissancars says...

stevensavage wrote:
free advertising for this shop because of daddy.what about the little guy trying to make a living with his stall in the market making ends meet on a shoe string budget
i agree with you.the small fish never get a mention in this current climate.daddys cash will see her through the hard tmes
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: free advertising for this shop because of daddy.what about the little guy trying to make a living with his stall in the market making ends meet on a shoe string budget[/p][/quote]i agree with you.the small fish never get a mention in this current climate.daddys cash will see her through the hard tmes nissancars
  • Score: 1

7:44am Fri 27 Jun 14

BURIRAM says...

Best of luck, looks like a very nice shop
Best of luck, looks like a very nice shop BURIRAM
  • Score: 21

7:56am Fri 27 Jun 14

Old Ale Man says...

Best wishes in your new business venture, make sure you keep a good stock of them fawkandles gal and best wishes to your Mum n Dad as well, lovely couple.
Best wishes in your new business venture, make sure you keep a good stock of them fawkandles gal and best wishes to your Mum n Dad as well, lovely couple. Old Ale Man
  • Score: 13

8:43am Fri 27 Jun 14

LB says...

"actor Dylan, 16, and ballet dancer Billy, nine"

The weight of expectations placed on them.

Could they not just be 'school children' until they've grown up?
"actor Dylan, 16, and ballet dancer Billy, nine" The weight of expectations placed on them. Could they not just be 'school children' until they've grown up? LB
  • Score: 17

9:09am Fri 27 Jun 14

saltdeanres says...

Is it Four candles or Fork handles
Is it Four candles or Fork handles saltdeanres
  • Score: 1

9:44am Fri 27 Jun 14

harbourguy says...

No Fork Handles, handles for forks ' boom tish'
No Fork Handles, handles for forks ' boom tish' harbourguy
  • Score: 0

10:04am Fri 27 Jun 14

hubby says...

Forked if I know!
Forked if I know! hubby
  • Score: 1

10:48am Fri 27 Jun 14

We love Red Billy says...

Will she be selling 'O's, letter 'O's ?
Will she be selling 'O's, letter 'O's ? We love Red Billy
  • Score: 1

12:19pm Fri 27 Jun 14

brightonline says...

I'd love to know where Victoria St is in Brighton - can someone enlighten me?
I'd love to know where Victoria St is in Brighton - can someone enlighten me? brightonline
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Fri 27 Jun 14

KarenT says...

Shouldn't have used dad to publicise - it will only work against her I reckon. People are turned off by nepotism.
Shouldn't have used dad to publicise - it will only work against her I reckon. People are turned off by nepotism. KarenT
  • Score: -4

6:11pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Man of steel says...

If it is the shop right at the end of Victoria Street, on the corner with Victoria Road, she will have to change her hobby, because the place is too small to swing a cat.
If it is the shop right at the end of Victoria Street, on the corner with Victoria Road, she will have to change her hobby, because the place is too small to swing a cat. Man of steel
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Roundbill says...

Does she swing cats as a hobby? I'm telling the Sunday Sun - they love that sort of story.
Does she swing cats as a hobby? I'm telling the Sunday Sun - they love that sort of story. Roundbill
  • Score: 5

9:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MasonStorm says...

can't wait...I give it 4 months before its out of business thanks to this council
can't wait...I give it 4 months before its out of business thanks to this council MasonStorm
  • Score: 5

12:01am Sat 28 Jun 14

thelieshurts says...

When first saw it on news showing the famous clip, thought it was a hardware store, then reading this story thought. er what's this all about.
When first saw it on news showing the famous clip, thought it was a hardware store, then reading this story thought. er what's this all about. thelieshurts
  • Score: 2

3:45am Sat 28 Jun 14

JoeBlow says...

Palarse scum.
Palarse scum. JoeBlow
  • Score: -5

12:01pm Mon 30 Jun 14

stevesesp says...

I attended the opening of Sophie Corbetts new shop and met Ronnie his wife Ann and his other daugher Emma. From my own personal perspective I found them all to be very likeable friendly and down to earth. And as for the daddy's little rich girl comments on this page, what father wouldn't help there daughter, and no one gave Ronnie Corbett his fortune he had to earn it as does everyone, even stall holders.
Steve W. Brighton.
I attended the opening of Sophie Corbetts new shop and met Ronnie his wife Ann and his other daugher Emma. From my own personal perspective I found them all to be very likeable friendly and down to earth. And as for the daddy's little rich girl comments on this page, what father wouldn't help there daughter, and no one gave Ronnie Corbett his fortune he had to earn it as does everyone, even stall holders. Steve W. Brighton. stevesesp
  • Score: 1

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