23 Jun Superman's girl is out to rule the world

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Henry Cavill's  future wife Ellen Whitaker talks about Henry and their plans for the future in her interview for London Evening Standart.

There are few people who can lay claim to Superman getting down on bended knee and proposing. But on May 3, British showjumper Ellen Whitaker joined a select band when boyfriend Henry Cavill popped the question two days before his 28th birthday.

Actor Cavill was previously better known for the roles he missed out on - in the Harry Potter and Twilight film series - before being cast as the Man of Steel in the next Superman film, which will hit the screens next year.

But the future Mrs Superman is not about to give away whether the proposal, which took place in a Hollywood hotel room, matched the romanticism of the film world's most famous location.

When asked about the proposal, Whitaker says almost apologetically: "I'd rather not talk about it. But it feels good and I'm very happy."

That much is clear as Whitaker, sitting with Cavill at her side for the duration of our interview, talks about her life with the Jersey-born actor, who first came to prominence in The Tudors television series.

Appropriately enough, the pair met in the horse world, at Olympia two years ago when he was watching her compete. "It's a long story," she recalls. "But we just got chatting and he bought me a drink and that was it."

The big day is planned for next year although, with his filming schedule and her bid to qualify for London 2012, they may yet have their work cut out getting it in the diaries.

Cavill, though, has clearly already become part of the famous Whitaker family, which has been a dominant force in equestrian circles for decades.

Her uncles, John and Michael, had picked up Olympic silver medals - in Los Angeles in 1984 - two years before Ellen's birth and, between them, have won pretty much every showjumping prize imaginable.

"Everyone loves Henry," is the latest of the Whitaker riding dynasty's take on her actor fiance.

"He's just a really lovely guy. My family all warmed to him very quickly and I know they're very proud of him and what he's doing. There's a few jokes about Superman at the dinner table but that's only joking, really.

"It's a big deal for Henry, it's a real big role he's got. He's also got big films coming up in Immortals, which is out in November, and the Cold Light of Day, which is out next year."

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