The cast of British reality show Made in Chelsea usually shoot in London’s posh bars and stately homes, but last week they got a taste of the high-life, UAE style.
In Dubai to shoot the third series of the show (which is a bit like an old money, upper class version of TOWIE with less orange spray-tans and more heirloom jewels) Millie Mackintosh, Spencer Matthews, Hugo Taylor, Jamie Laing and Francis Boulle hit all of our favourite hot spots. They had dinner at The Ivy and Zuma – which diamond mining heir Francis told us is better than the one in London – partied at Mahiki and Movida and headed to Jetty Bar for sundowners.
They also had a chance to work on their tans while filming at Nasimi Beach at Atlantis and a day on a yacht, but we’ll have to wait for the episodes to air to see if the hotties got down to their swimwear! “The producers will tell you, wear this or don’t wear this,” admitted Francis, who dated Harry Potter actress Emma Watson in the past before dumping her because he “didn’t want to be the boyfriend of some child actress”.
Newly coupled-up with a girl whose name he wouldn’t reveal, saying, “Being in the public eye is my cross to bear, not hers,” Francis loved the city so much, he’s considering making it home! “I’m giving it some thought,” he revealed. “I hate tax so anywhere that’s got zero tax is great!”
At least he’d be in the right place to enjoy his favourite food. “I love Arabic food – it’s all I really eat.” We suggested he head down to the souks near the Creek for a true Dubai shawarma experience, and though he’s notoriously snooty on the show, he said he might do just that. “I might be posh but there’s more to me than that!” he said.
He’s definitely a lot warmer in person than he appears on the telly so we wonder if perhaps his rather haughty persona is just an act for the cameras. “I think it’s important to have fun with it and not to take it too seriously,” Francis told us. “It’s not scripted, but it is staged to some extent.”
An act or not, he’s proving popular with the ladies! “I was recognised here in Dubai by a group of Iranian girls. And at The Ivy a girl came over and we took a photograph together. I don’t get many people screaming at me from a distance though,” he revealed. “Thank goodness because I think that’d freak me out!”