Britain's famous actress Kate Winslet has split from her husband, Revolutionary Road's director, Sam Mendes, in a move that few saw coming.
After almost seven years of marriage, Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes have split, the Shillings law firm have confirmed. According to reports the couple separated earlier in the year but only today confessed to the split.
In a statement sent to journalists on Monday, the law firm stated that the divorce was “entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children.”
The couple was married in 2003 in the Caribbean and had a son, Joe, in December 2003. This was the second marriage for Winslet, who had a daughter, Mia, with her first husband Jim Threapleton. The pair met in 2001 when the Mendes, an Oscar winning director, was serving as artistic director of Donmar Warehouse theatre in London.
In 2009, Winslet reunited with her Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Revolutionary Road, directed by Mendes. She won the Golden Globe for best dramatic actress, thanking her husband for his part in her victory.
"Thank you for directing this film, babe, and thank you for killing us every single day and really enjoying us actually being in such horrific pain," she said last year. “But I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that I loved every second of working with you and it's made me love you more."
Mendes reiterated her sentiment, telling reporters that directing his wife had been one of the best experiences of his life. However, he said that while he wanted to watch a baseball game and relax at night she wanted to talk about the movie constantly.
Both Winslet and Mendes were born in Reading, outside of London. Winslet has been Oscar nominated five times and won the best actress award last year for her role in the Nazi drama, The Reader. Mendes, 10 years Winslet’s senior, won an Oscar for best director for his first film, American Beauty, in 2000.
Winslet, arguably the best known British actress, and Mendes were not considered a typical Hollywood couple. They perpetuated the image of a normal, down to earth family, something that Winslet believes to be an important point.
"It's important to us that the children are just regular kids,” She told an interview, “So we go to the park, kick a ball around, go to a museum, watch a movie together or just hang out at home playing Monopoly."
Winslet will soon be seen on the small screen, starring in the upcoming HBO miniseries, “Mildred Pierce.” The show centres on Winslet’s character Mildred Pierce who works as a waitress to support her family in Los Angeles during the Great Depression.