His real-life spouse, Tara Wilson, promised she and Noth will make a London appearance...She said Noth will make time for his fans in London and sign autographs. "It's wonderful when people come out and support what we're doing. It's great that people are excited to see him."
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Sunday, December 19, 2010 Email Alerts Mobile Site RSS Feeds Subscriber Services London-7°Tomorrow »-4°/-6°Change city Entertainment Chris Noth's "always looking for a good role" By Jane Sims, The London Free Press
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Chris Noth visited London Saturday night to launch Lova Tea at Once Upon A Tea Cup, a tea house he owns with his partner Tara Wilson and her sister Stephanie Cence. Despite his TV and movie star status, the play has always been the thing for Chris Noth.
So he appeared to be quite happy Saturday night at an invitation-only cocktail party to find out he and his partner’s London business isn’t far from high-calibre theatre opportunities in Stratford.
“Is Stratford’s nearby?” he asked at Once Upon A Tea Cup, the west London tea house owns with his partner, Tara Wilson, and her sister Stephanie Cence, of Windsor.
“That’s great. I will come Stratford sometime. At some point, I want to do a play in Stratford.”
Noth, 56, the actor best known as Mr. Big on Sex and the City and Det. Mike Logan in Law & Order, swept into London to help launch Lova Tea, a company that markets loose-leaf tea and tea drinks.
The party was a get together of local business people, friends and family — with Wilson and Cence as gracious hosts — to sample the teas and food.
Noth gave the party a surge of star power, posing for photos and mingling with the guests.
Lova hopes to encourage celebrities — artists, writers, actors and others — to adopt a unique flavour and call it their own. Proceeds from the sale of that tea will go to the charity of the celebrity’s choice.
The party was happy to welcome the flavour Pink Shimmer as the signature tea for the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
Noth also has a flavour — not quite available — but once it is launched, some of the sales will go his favourite charity, the Rainforest Action Network.
He’s figured out a name for the green tea with sweet tangerine and orange. — “Florida Sweet Dream.”
It’s a way to give back after a blessed career that put him on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television.
Noth’s latest success is as Peter Florrick, the fallen Chicago state attorney looking for forgiveness on acclaimed TV drama, The Good Wife, starring Julianna Margulies.
“It’s all luck,” he said modestly.
“It’s nothing I planned. It just sort of comes into place. At this point in my career I feel like its up to the gods.
“I’m always looking for a good role. But if it doesn’t work out, I always have tea, the tea house.”
Despite his small and big screen success, Noth’s first love has always been the theatre. He’s getting set to return to Broadway in March, joining an ensemble cast in the revival of That Championship Season with Keifer Sutherland, Jason Patric and Brian Cox.
He would like to see more Once Upon A Tea Cup locations open and suggested Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton as potential sites. He’d also love to have one in the United States.
“It has to be the right environment, the right place,” he said.
What he knows is Wilson and Cence are onto something with their family-friendly tea shop idea. Noth and Wilson’s young son, who is almost 3, is a big fan of the place, he said.
And that makes acting in Stratford sound even more enticing.
“My kid literally loves this place so much, the tea house. I would have a place to drop him off,” he said.
“I’ll start thinking about that.”
And by the end of the night, he was seen with an old Stratford playbill in his hand.