Oscar-nominated director buys George Osborne's townhouse for £4million

Oscar-nominated director snaps up George Osborne’s five-storey Notting Hill townhouse for £4million after ex-Chancellor slashed £1m off original asking price

  • Mohamad Mehdi Norowzian and his wife Elhama Farsian splashed £3.95million to buy the six-bed property 
  • The property was purchased on September 1 by the director and his wife, Land Registry documents revealed 
  • Mr Mehdi – who’s of British-Iranian heritage – was nominated for Best Short Film Oscar for Killing Joe in 1999
  • Property was put on market by the Evening Standard’s former editor and his ex-wife Frances for £4.95million
  • But £1million was slashed off the price of the swanky five-storey property in posh Notting Hill, west London

An Oscar-nominated director has snapped up former-Chancellor George Osborne’s five-storey London townhouse for just under £4million.

Mohamad Mehdi Norowzian and his wife Elhama Farsian splashed out £3.95million to buy the six-bedroom property in Notting Hill, London, on September 1, according to Land Registry documents.

The Evening Standard’s former editor and his ex-wife Frances put their ‘immaculately presented, generous and eclectic’ property on the market in March for £4.95million.

But six months later Osborne – who critics dubbed the ‘architect of austerity’ after he started a decade of spending cuts – was forced to knock £1million off his asking price to get buyer. 

An Oscar-nominated director has snapped up George Osborne’s five-storey London townhouse for just under £4million (the living room, pictured) 

The swanky property boasts a formal reception room, dining room, kitchen and family room, a grand study and master bedroom with ensuite, five further bedrooms, two guest bedrooms and a walled garden

The property (pictured) boasts a formal reception room, a dining/kitchen area, a family room and a grand study


Mohamad Mehdi Norowzian (left) and his wife Elhama Farsian (right) splashed out £3.95million to buy the six-bed property in Notting Hill, London, on September 1, according to Land Registry documents

Osborne was forced to knock £1 million off his asking price to get buyer, according to luxury estate agent Domus Nova

He had shared the property with his wife Frances, but the couple announced they were getting divorced July last year, insisting they will remain ‘good friends’ and ‘jointly devoted’ to their two children

Mr Osborne had ironically warned in 2016 that house prices across the UK would tank by between 10 and 18 per cent if Britain left the EU. 

Mr Mehdi was nominated for a Best Short Film Oscar for his 40-minute flick Killing Joe in 1999, which is about a teenager fascinated by President John F. Kennedy.

He also directed the 2002 movie Leo – starring Dennis Hopper, Deborah Kara Unger, Elisabeth Shue and Joseph Fiennes – and has worked on a wide array of TV adverts.

Mr Mehdi – who’s of British-Iranian heritage – made headlines when he unsuccessfully tried to claim damages from Guinness 21 years ago. 

He claimed one if its successful adverts breached his copyright. 

The swanky five-storey property in posh Notting Hill boasts a formal reception room, dining room, kitchen and family room.

Describing Osborne’s former home, Domus Nova says it is ‘enriched with traditional features and stylishly presented throughout, from period fireplaces to elevated ceilings, elegant cornicing and rich solid wood floors’. Pictured: The kitchen

It adds: ‘The house is perfectly arranged and each of the five floors exudes undeniable character that pays tribute to the area’s thriving art and creative scene’

Osborne had ironically warned in 2016 that house prices across the UK would tank by between 10 and 18 per cent if Britain left the EU. Pictured: The exterior

It also features a grand study and master bedroom with an ensuite, five further bedrooms, two guest bathrooms and a walled garden.

Mr Mehdi is director of Joy Films Limited, of which he and his wife are majority shareholders.

In July 2019, the Osbornes announced they were getting divorced but were ‘jointly devoted’ to their children Liberty and Luke.

Mr Osborne snapped up a £1.6million Georgian bolthole in the posh Somerset town of Bruton in July last year.

He revealed in May that he is dating Thea Rogers, the 38-year-old former chief of staff who overhauled his image while he was at the Treasury. 

Osborne and wife Frances apparently paid £1.85million for the house in 2006 when he was an opposition MP. Pictured: The home’s study

The semi-detached property offers four distinct family spaces with their own distinct style and use. Pictured: A work space at the top of the property

Mr Mehdi was nominated for a Best Short Film Oscar for his 40-minute flick Killing Joe in 1999, which is about a teenager fascinated by President John F. Kennedy. Pictured: One of the rooms in his new house

The estate agency described the luxurious property as a ‘bold, livable, family home epitomises eclectic and desirable Notting Hill living’

The property is a 10-minute walk from Ed Sheeran’s Bertie Blossoms restaurant and the Walmer Castle pub owned by David Beckham and Guy Ritchie. Pictured: A terrace at the rear of the property overlooking the walled garden

Luxury estate agents Domus Nova describe the property as ‘enriched with traditional features and stylishly presented throughout, from period fireplaces to elevated ceilings, elegant cornicing and rich solid wood floors, the subtle marriage with modern additions results in a striking and inviting family home.’

It adds: ‘The house is perfectly arranged and each of the five floors exudes undeniable character that pays tribute to the area’s thriving art and creative scene.

‘The wide footprint, semi-detached and with side light [property], offers four distinct family spaces, grand and with their own distinct style and use.

‘The primary, and more formal reception room, opens onto a wonderful terrace that overlooks the garden.

Osborne revealed in May that he is dating Thea Rogers (right), the 38-year-old former chief of staff who overhauled his image while he was at the Treasury

‘The indulgent, and inviting, kitchen/dining and family room opens directly onto the wonderful walled garden.

‘This bold, livable, family home epitomises eclectic and desirable Notting Hill living.’

Mr Osborne, 49, is understood to have paid £1.85million for the house in 2006.

He is said to have raked in £10,000 a month in rent while he and Frances were living at Number 11 when he was chancellor. 

The property is a 10 minute walk from Ed Sheeran’s Bertie Blossoms restaurant and the Walmer Castle pub owned by David Beckham and Guy Ritchie.

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