An 84-year-old Russian actor famous for more than 140 roles in Soviet and Russian films has announced he plans to start a family with his new wife who is 60 years his junior.
Legendary Russian actor Ivan Krasko married his 24-year-old fiancée Natalia Shevel, a former student of his, in a secret ceremony attended only by close friends and family yesterday in St Petersburg.
Despite criticism from many, the pair described their relationship in an interview with Russian media as a ‘match made in heaven’.
They met while the father-of-six was teaching at university and Ms Shevel, one of his students, began writing him poetry which he said had made a ‘huge impression’ on him.
The actor, who has been married three times before, said: ‘As a result of her words, I started to feel like a man in a way that I thought had long since vanished. But it was like being rebooted, and something which was missing returned.’