Dragged to Court

Priscilla, Queen of the Desertion: UK Actor Wins Millions in Landmark Partnership Split

Veteran British actor Don Gallagher, the last-reigning Bernadette in the London version of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert, has won a landmark settlement in his split with financial analyst partner Peter Lawrence.

A British court has awarded the 54-year-old Gallagher £1.7 million, or about $2.7 million, out of the couple’s estimated combined worth of £4 million, or about $6.3 million.

The couple split in 2008 after only seven months as civil partners, but had been together for 11 years prior.

Lawyers for Lawrence, 47, had fought to exclude key assets from the settlement, claiming that Gallagher only came into the relationship with £40,000 pounds, or about $63,000. They called the court’s decision to include all of Lawrence’s assets “bizarre” and “flawed.”

Gallagher’s lawyers successfully countered that their client not only brought his six-figure acting income into the relationship, but also maintained a “major domestic and home-making role” for the pair.

The case involves one of the highest profile splits since the UK’s Civil Partnership Act came into effect in 2004.

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