Elton's pal Sam Taylor-Wood to wed 19-year-old

Tuesday November 3, 2009

They raised eyebrows with their appearance at last week's London Film Festival, but Sam Taylor-Wood and her boyfriend are proving  they're in it for the duration.

Film director and artist Sam, 42, has become engaged to actor Aaron Johnson, who is 23 years her junior.

The couple met when the glamorous mum-of-two cast the actor as a young John Lennon in her latest flick, Nowhere Boy.

Sam - whose art dealer ex-husband Jay Jopling was recently linked to Lily Allen - says she is "very happy" at her engagement to Aaron, who she has been dating for less than a year.

"Everything's fantastic," she added at the premiere of her film last week.

And she's been quick to praise her actor love, who has been tipped by many for Hollywood success.

"When he came for the audition at the beginning I knew he was perfect because he just had the intensity, the focus and the charisma to pull off such an iconic role,' said the artist.

"I saw 300-odd people and he was the only one that stood out."

Photo: © Rex

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