Ulrika Jonsson says she'd love a toyboy and would happily date a man of 21

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 20:  Ulrika Jonsson attends the World Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us' at Empire Leicester Square on August 20, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Ulrika Jonsson (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Ulrika Jonsson has said now she’s in her 50s she would love a toyboy.

The TV star, 53, said her “heart was incandescent with envy” when she read a recent story about a grandmother in a relationship with a man who was years younger.

Writing in The Sun, Jonsson said she would “very happily date a man 21 and up” as she is after “laughter, good food and sex”, although she admitted she was worried it might not sit well with her children.

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The former Gladiators star even hinted that she may already have had a romance with a younger man.

“I can well do without the marriage bit, but the idea of a younger man is perilously appealing,” she said.

“It’s precarious because of all the potential for judgment, the probable public outrage and its capacity for causing upset on the domestic front,” added the star, who has four children aged from 12 to 26.

Jonsson also hinted that she had already dated someone a fair bit younger.

However, she didn’t give any details, teasing: “There may have been a recent, little dalliance with someone 21 or so years younger than me...

“I couldn’t possibly say, but the fact is that it’s enormously exciting for an old bird.”

Ulrika Jonsson arriving at The British Comedy Awards 2011, Fountain Studios, Wembley, London.
Ulrika Jonsson (PA)

The star - who has often spoken about confidence and the need to embrace what you have rather than striving to be perfect - said it had taken her some time to become “the self-assured, sharp-witted sex goddess I now am”.

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“I don’t want kids and marriage, I want laughter, good food and sex... please,” she said.

“To that end, surely I’m God’s gift to the younger man?”

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