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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  • Mike in Asheville

    They would have had another half million or so to split had they just been a little remindful of what brought them together, mutual respect, and done the right thing without lawyers in the muck. Too bad for them they could not find that love forever nor remember the endearing and caring part of concern for eachother.

    My hubby and I have been together 26 years (married for 4, thanks Massachusetts) as a married couple with mixed finances, work, and home. My closest friend other than my hubby, who I can and do tell everything, is my college boyfriend, and our romance ended 30 years ago. And the same goes for my hubby, his closest confidant is a former boyfriend and their romance also ended about 30 years ago. (Both of our ex’es have been in their own married relationships for over 23 years with their respective spouses).

    Based on the info provided, it seems like a pretty fair financial split.

  • Spike

    I’m guessing the ‘financial analyst’ kept as many assests in his name, just in case.

    They always say, you want a really really bad break up, get invoved with a cop, a
    lawyer or a CPA . . . they will screw you every time, and not in a good way.

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