EXCLUSIVE ‘I’m not a typical Chelsea girl': Richard Dinan’s new MIC girlfriend Ianthe Cochrane-Stack on glamour modelling, cast member rivalries and meeting the ex
16:46 GMT, 16 October 2012
Made in Chelsea returned to our screens with a bang last night and whilst petite brunette Louise Thompson made sure she was the centre of attention for most of the first episode, the stunning new blonde hanging off Richard Dinan's arm was causing a buzz of her own.
21-year-old model and fashion student Ianthe Cochrane-Stack is the latest addition to the King's Road clan and is already proving to be an on-screen hit.
After it was revealed in June that co-stars Richard and Kimberley Garner had called time
on their brief romance and Kimberley confirmed reports that she would not be returning for
another series, an opening for a new female co-star became available. Enter
ambitious blonde beauty Ianthe.
Ianthe Cochrane-Stack is the latest addition to the Made in Chelsea cast and she is dating blonde lothario Richard Dinan
Ianthe decided to appear in the show after hitting things off with Richard, who she met whilst working on the Alan Carr show.
'Richard and I started dating and he offered for me to come on the show and I thought it was the ideal opportunity to could kick-start my career and open doors,' she said in an exclusive interview with MailOnline.
The aspiring star with endless legs, who has deferred
her fashion studies to film for the show, is already a commercial model. She said: 'I do commercial stuff, it is quite
classy. I would never do glamour modelling, I don't have the physique, I
have small boobs!'
The pair, who have been dating for four and a half months, enjoy the simple things in life like Chinese take-aways
And while she may have the looks, the style and the plummy southern accent to match her fellow South-West London TV stars, Ianthe insists that she is not one of them.
'I am not a Chelsea girl, I have never lived there. I have got a good head on my shoulders and I am sensible,' she said.
Aristocratic entrepreneur and millionaire Richard Dinan is notorious for his lavish dates (avid fans will remember him whisking ex-girlfriend Kimberley to dinner by helicopter) but Ianthe insists she is not dating Richard for his lifestyle.
The model and fashion student has deferred her studies to film the show
'Richard knows I'm not flashy,' said Ianthe, who has been dating the blonde lothario for four and a half months.
'I would honestly rather sit in and have a Chinese than fly in a helicopter, we often have a take-away together on a Sunday night.'
Whilst ex Kimberley clashed with Richard's friends, Ianthe has already become a firm member of the close-knit friendship group.
'I love Binky, Cheska and Ollie, they are so friendly and we all go for dinner all the time. I was worried at first that they wouldn't like me but they were so welcoming.
'Millie is really nice too, but I guess you never really know what has been said behind your back,' she said.
'Hetty is the only person I have really disliked, I never got along with her and it's a clash of personalities but I don't think it will be shown on TV.'
And what about Richard's flirtatious blonde ex, who was reportedly axed from the show after she became
embroiled in a row with her co-star Harriet Loder at a preview screening
for the cast
'I want to meet her but from what I've been told it's probably a good thing I haven't.
'I'm not sure if she is coming back to the show but I don't think she would succeed in causing problems even if she did.' said Ianthe.
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Ianthe would love to meet Richard's ex Kimberley but doesn't feel threatened by her