An unnamed BBC actress has found herself embroiled in an international custody dispute with her former partner – after she was accused of ‘abducting’ her own child.
According to reports, the anonymous UK actress, who had agreed to stay in Australia to start a new life with the child’s father, has stealthily flown back to Britain with the child in tow.
The star, who now claims that her visit to Sydney, Australia, was purely an extended holiday, is expected to make an appearance in the Family Division of London’s High Court in a bid to plead her case.
Reports in The Times have said that the television actress and her former partner – a documentary filmmaker – first met on the set of a TV show shot in Africa.
The couple had a child together in the UK three years later, and the British actress subsequently agreed to apply for Australian citizenship and permanently move overseas with the child.
A friend of the anonymous father has said: “When [the actress] became pregnant the agreement was she would come out to Oz and they would live together.
“Because of her career it took some time to arrange but she quit the BBC and finally arrived in Sydney.
“The intention was always to have a family life in Australia and bring up [the child] together”.
With the aid of the 1980 Hague Convention on international child abduction, the father hopes to take legal action overseas.