Who is Wilnelia Merced? Bruce Forsyth’s wife, former Miss World and Puerto Rican actress – all you need to know


The Puerto Rican beauty has been married to Sir Bruce for 33 years–a report by Georgina Littlejohn for The Sun.

SIR Bruce Forsyth is a national treasure and much loved TV star and has been married to his wife Wilnelia Merced for 33 years.

But what else do we know the TV icon’s other half? Here’s what we know…

But his big break came when he 30 and he was given the job of hosting ITV’s Sunday Night At The London Palladium.

Who is Wilnelia Merced?

Wilnelia is the 1975 winner of international beauty competition Miss World.

She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and became – and still is – the only Puerto Rican to win the Miss World title.

She is also the youngest woman, at the age of 18, to win the beauty pageant.

How did Wilnelia Merced meet Bruce?

In 1980, she was asked to judge Miss World which was taking place in the UK.

She was introduced to Bruce, who was also a judge, they fell in love, despite the 30 year age gap.

He proposed to her down on one knee during a trip to the Lake District and they were married three years later. They have a son called Jonathan.

What does Wilnelia Merced do apart from being Lady Wilnelia Forsyth?

Wilnelia is known as Winnie to her husband Bruce.

She has a foundation to help Puerto Rico’s under-privileged children.

She organises charity balls to go towards this cause.

Who is Bruce Forsyth?

Bruce Forsyth is British TV star and entertainer.

He was born on 22 February 1928, he is 89 years old.

Bruce first appeared on TV in 1939 aged 11, singing and dancing on the show Come And Be Televised

Three years later he made his professional debut as The Mighty Atom, a solo song-and-dance act.

He then went on to front other big telly favourites including The Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right.

He is best known these days for hosting Strictly Come Dancing.

Talking about leaving the show, he told Loose Women in 2015: “Whoever leaves a show at the top? Well I did. It was time for me to go, and there are other things to do.”

In 1998, Bruce was given and OBE and then went on to receive a knighthood in 2011.

How is Bruce Forsyth’s health?

Bruce was recently rushed to an intensive care unit on after being struck down with a severe chest infection.

The legendary 89-year-old television personality is believed to have returned home following a five day stay in a hospital – reports the MailOnline.

Sir Bruce has suffered a number of health issues in recent years – including a fall in 2015 which saw him rushed to hospital and subsequent surgery for two life-threatening aneurysms after tests were carried out following his fall.

The Strictly Come Dancing star was taken to St Peter’s hospital in Surrey in early March and taken straight to ICU due to his age and the fact he was suffering with a chest infection.

“Bruce came down with an infection last weekend, and it rapidly escalated into something very, very serious,” a friend of the star told the MailOnline on Thursday.

“Of course, because he is nearly 90, doctors had to take extra precautions and Bruce had to stay in intensive care for a minimum of five nights. Wilnelia was by his bedside virtually the entire time, and has been amazing,” the source added.

However Sir Bruce remained in high spirits despite his illness and his wife Wilnelia, 59, is caring for him now he has returned home.

The NHS advises anyone over the age of 65 to seek medical advice if they show signs of a chest infection as elderly people are at higher risk of developing serious infections.

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