It is the well-known fragrance that was famously the only thing that Marilyn Monroe wore in bed. But after she and countless other beautiful actresses put their faces to Chanel No.5, times are a-changing for the French fashion house’s scent.

So much so that for the first time in its 90 year history, the perfume is set to be endorsed by its first ever male celebrity in the form of Brad Pitt,the Daily Mail reported.

The actor and director has been unveiled as the new face of Chanel No.5 and follows in the footsteps of not just Miss Monroe but Catherine Deneuve and Nicole Kidman, who was unveiled as the face in 2003.

According to E! Online, will receive a seven-figure sum for his trouble and a source told the site that Pitt, 48, will shoot his first advertising campaign in London this week.

Brad, who is engaged to actress Angelina Jolie, 36, with whom he has six children, has recently bought a new house with his fiancée in leafy Richmond in south west London so he will be in the city for the campaign.

The property, according to the Sun, is called Whornes Place which they rented for £30,000 a month last summer when Pitt was filming his zombie movie World War Z.

They are planning to stay at the property – which has an indoor pool, 15th century wooden beams and topiary elephants in the garden – for three years as Jolie also has filming commitments in the capital.

The property and a source told the paper: ‘Brad and Angelina hold an affection for the UK, so this investment makes sense. ‘They loved it when they were in the UK last year. They like the culture and are happy for their children to receive schooling here. They think Richmond is a beautiful part of the world.’

And the paper also reported that Brad also plans to have some fun while Angelina is filming and is planning a trip to Manchester to see the Stone Roses this summer at Heaton Park.

A source said: ‘Brad’s a big fan of the band and will be at a loose end while Angelina is filming in the UK. He’s asked for four tickets and thinks it will be the ideal way to spend a June weekend.’

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