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Frances Kindon

Ulrika Jonsson’s celeb lovers - scandalous affair and ‘slap and tickle’ with royal

Ulrika Jonsson has never shied away from sharing the compelling twists and turns of her colourful love life.

From dating Hunter the Gladiator to that explosive affair with ex-England boss Sven-Göran Eriksson, the Swedish beauty - who turns 55 today - has enjoyed romances with several high-profile celebs.

She was once linked to comedian Vic Reeves, who turned her into a household name when he and TV partner Bob Mortimer hired her as a team captain on Shooting Stars.

And his ex-wife Sarah Vincent once claimed he was 'obsessed' with the former weather girl - accusations he denied.

She previously told The Mirror: "Vic has changed so much since he made it big. He's been swallowed up by Ulrika's world. He thinks the world of her and they would spend hours talking together on the phone."

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Ulrika was linked to her Shooting Stars co-star Vic Reeves, top, but both denied romance rumours (BBC)

Both denied that their friendship had been anything other than platonic, and in her 2002 autobiography, Honest, Ulrika responded to Sarah's claims, insisting she and Jim had 'behaved impeccably throughout'.

In 2002 she was also linked to Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall and former Radio 1 DJ Chris Evans, and six years earlier she had a serious relationship with Gladiators star Hunter, real name James Crossly.

"Obviously I dated Hunter for about a year and a half and away from the show he was amazing and the sweetest, sweetest man," the presenter told Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison on her podcast, The Secret To.

"He was only 22 when I think when I got together with him. Poor boy."

Ulrika had a relationship with Hunter, left, while they worked on the show (ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Dishing on their "physical" romance in her 2003 autobiography, Honest, she wrote: "Well, I guess I was infatuated with James. It was a physical thing. And what a nice man he turned out to be!"

After being linked to Vic and Hunter, Ulrika went public with her relationship with then footballer Stan Collymore.

The pair split in 1998 after he assaulted her in a bar in Paris. Collymore apologised, blaming his violence and on ­“petulance, ­jealousy and possibly having too much to drink”.

Ulrika hit the headlines once more in 2002 when her four-month affair with Swedish England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was exposed.

Ulrika didn't have great things to say about Sven (PA)

And she described sex with Sven - who was dating Nancy Dell'olio at the time as being "as exciting as an Ikea instruction manual."

"Putting together a Billy bookcase would have probably left me more satisfied," she said.

Then there was her dalliance with a member of the royal family.

Tongues first started wagging when the Swedish beauty was photographed with the Prince at a garden party in 1989.

And despite spending two decades denying they'd had a thing, Ulrika eventually confessed all, admitting they'd fooled around.

Asked whether she went all the way with the royal, Ulrika told Piers Morgan's Life Stories: "I did not sleep with Prince Edward.

"There were a few dates, a bit of a slap and tickle."

The unlikely pair first crossed paths when she was invited to the garden party in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, by TV-am presenter, James Baker.

Aged just 21, a starry-eyed Ulrika bumped into Prince Edward for a second time at the theatre, where their picture became national news.

Ulrika enjoyed a 'slap and tickle' with Prince Edward (©ALPHA)

"James Baker was very good friends, and still is, with Prince Edward and literally said to me, 'Come on, we’re going out for an evening at the theatre.' Went to the theatre, and I got out of the car at the same time as him and we ended up alongside each other, and it all happened so quickly," she revealed in 2009.

Sharing her shock at seeing the picture splashed across the papers, she continued: "I was at the station taking the train in from Slough to Paddington and saw my face on the front page and nearly fainted.

"I was very excited but I didn’t know what it meant. I certainly wasn’t anything more than a friend of a friend at that stage."

The exposure saw the star get promoted to TV-am weather girl and launched her media career.

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