Clarkson ‘mistress’ named as Phillipa Sage, 42

Jeremy and Frances Clarkson

She denies affair and says it is ‘not unusual’ to stay in Top Gear colleagues’ hotel rooms

BY Staff Reporter
LAST UPDATED AT 15:47 ON Mon 4 Apr 2011

Jeremy Clarkson's "secret mistress" has been outed as 42-year-old Phillipa Sage, a colleague on his hugely successful Top Gear Live tour.

A day after the Sunday Mirror said it would not name the "pretty blonde", its sister paper the Daily Mirror, has done exactly that.
It adds that the newly minted "love rat" is currently on holiday in Barbados with his "loyal wife" Frances and three children.

Clarkson is said to have spent nights with Sage, who is seven years younger than Frances (above) - in luxury hotels in Norway and Australia while on the Top Gear Live tour. Their relationship was apparently no secret among colleagues, including Richard Hammond and James May.

Yesterday, Sage derided reports of the affair as "nonsense", saying: "Jeremy and I are friends, I have worked with him, er, them [the Top Gear team] for years."

As for having allegedly been seen going to Clarkson's hotel room at night, she said: "What? I often stay in colleagues' hotel rooms - that's not unusual."

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