Rosanna Davison has revealed her granny used to train Albanian spies

Rosanna Davison has revealed her granny used to train Albanian spies

No wonder Rosanna Davison is so discreet when it comes to keeping her showbiz secrets – her granny used to train spies.

Now it turns out that her grandmother Maeve, who lived in Bargy Castle in Wexford, led a fascinating life which saw her training Albanian spies during the Cold War in 1950s Malta.

Rosanna with her grandma, Maeve de Burgh, who trained British spies in Malta to fight the communist regime in Albania - and enjoyed parties with Lord Mountbatten

Rosanna with her grandma, Maeve de Burgh, who trained British spies in Malta to fight the communist regime in Albania – and enjoyed parties with Lord Mountbatten

She and Rosanna’s grandfather, Colonel Charles Davison, were part of Operation Valuable, a top secret attempt to overthrow the communist regime in Albania by training undercover insurgents. And Maeve reckons Rosanna (31) is a chip off the old block when it comes to her personality.

“I think Rosie has inherited my strong work ethic, determination and independent streak. She knows what she wants,” she said.

Rosana is also Chris de Burgh’s daughter, a British-Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He is most famous for his 1986 love song “The Lady in Red”, which reached number one in several countries.

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