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TV villain's Portmeirion wedding
Wedding at Portmeirion
There has been a surge in people wanting to marry at Portmeirion
The actor who plays the top soap villain of recent times has married his long-time girlfriend at the tourist village of Portmeirion in Snowdonia.

Actor Brian Capron - who won a string of accolades for his role as Coronation Street's serial killer Richard Hillman - tied the knot at the romantic setting on the Gwynedd coast on Monday.

Capron, 55, married fiancée Jacqueline Bucknell in a civil ceremony in the village before going on to a party at Castell Deudraeth hotel.

The resort - which was the setting for 1960s TV cult classic The Prisoner - reported a surge in interest from couples wanting to marry in the village after the final episode of ITV drama Cold Feet was filmed there earlier this year.

Portmeirion usually holds around three weddings a week.

Coronation Street
Millions tuned in to see Richard confess his crimes to Gail

But since the tear-jerker episode of Cold Feet, in which the main characters say their final farewells to Rachel - played by Helen Baxendale - more than 50 would-be newly-weds have been in touch.

"The Cold Feet series has trigged an interest and people have seen it is a pleasant place to come," said Portmeirion's wedding co-ordinator Meic Williams

"We're now taking bookings for 2005," he added but said he could not divulge any information about the "Corrie wedding".

However, Portmeirion's managing director, Robin Llywelyn, grandson of the village's architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, said they had two licences for civil wedding ceremonies.

Serial killer

They can be held either in the Tudor Room which can accommodate up to 50 guests or Hercules Hall, which can hold 100 guests.

Castell Deudraeth is an elaborate Victorian castellated mansion in the village grounds.

Officially opened by opera star Bryn Terfel in August 2001, it was bought by Sir Clough in 1931 and was referred to as "the largest and most imposing single building on the Portmeirion estate".

Richard Hillman's evil crimes in Coronation Street shot him to the top of a TV Times poll of soap baddies in March of this year.

He murdered Maxine, bludgeoned Emily with a crowbar, killed his ex-wife with a shovel to the head and left his business partner to die.

An audience of 17.5 million tuned in to see him finally confess his crimes to his shocked wife Gail.

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