Roger Moore
Sir Roger Moore filled 007’s famous shoes between 1973 and 1985

Sir Roger Moore is in mourning following the death of his stepdaughter Christina Knudsen. The former 007 star revealed his devastation in a post on Twitter after she lost her battle with cancer on 25 July.

In an emotional message to his fans, the Hollywood legend said that he had been left heartbroken after Knudsen – who was the daughter of his fourth wife, multi-millionairess Kiki Tholstrup − passed away aged just 47. "Our beautiful daughter Christina (aka Flossie) lost her battle with cancer 25 July at 10am. We are heartbroken," he told his 52.5k followers, adding: "We were all with her, surrounding her with love, at the end."

Knudsen, the former wife of investment banker Nikolaj Albinus, had lived in London since 1997. After working in property development and interior design, in 2014 she took her career in an new direction with the launch of her social club for single people called Ochun.

That year she credited Moore — who she has known since the age of nine − for changing her life, telling the Evening Standard: "Of course I was very affected by these events and I probably didn't have the most positive outlook on the opposite sex.

"I think I didn't know myself that well when I got married and felt pressurised by society. I wasn't yet able to listen to who I was and what I really wanted.

"I was in difficult relationships but all that changed when my mother met Roger."