Kate Winslet Reflects on Divorce, Ned Rocknroll Marriage

Kate Winslet 

It's been an eventful several years for Kate Winslet. The celebrated British actress, 37, won her first Best Actress Oscar (for The Reader) in February 2009; split from second husband, director Sam Mendes, the following year; rebounded with model Louis Dowler in late 2010; in summer 2011, Winslet stepped out with a new man, Richard Branson's nephew Ned Rocknroll. In December 2012, Winslet and Rocknroll shocked everyone with news that they'd recently wed.

"I've really learned a great deal about myself, in the last four years in particular," Winslet explains (via Daily Mail) in the April issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. "I think I can see more clearly now – about how the pattern of past experiences has shaped who I am, and the characters I have played – and I'm grateful for that."

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Winslet met Rocknroll, a Virgin Galactic executive whose given name was Ned Abel Smith, on holiday on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's private Caribbean island, where they both survived a devastating fire. Winslet shares son Joe, 8, with American Beauty director Mendes, 47, plus daughter Mia, 12, with first husband Jim Threapleton.

Winslet added of her unpredictable, inspiring life: "I have so much more material to draw on for work – rubble, bricks – and I know I can carry it now."

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