Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes Split

Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes Split
Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet
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updated 03/16/2010 AT 12:05 AM EDT

originally published 03/15/2010 AT 01:55 PM EDT

The nearly seven-year marriage of Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes is coming to an end.

"Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year," their lawyers say in a statement. "The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children." 

Winslet, 34, and Mendes, 44, were married in 2003. They have a son, Joe, 6. Winslet also has a daughter, Mia, 9, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton.

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Winslet and Mendes, who were both born in Reading, England, are also both Oscar winners. She won the Best Actress award in 2009 for The Reader after five previous nominations. He was named Best Director in 2000 for American Beauty.

They became a couple in the fall of 2001, when Mendes approached Winslet to star in two stage productions with his Donmar Warehouse theater company in London. (She turned him down.) Mendes had previously been linked to actresses Calista Flockhart and Rachel Weisz.

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