Winslet follows up her Oscar-winning role in The Reader with Mildred Pierce, a five-part miniseries for HBO. "Knowing that I had to be present for that amount of screen time, that in and of itself was a challenge," the actress says of her hefty role as the title character. The challenge pays off when Winslet wins an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance.
While vacationing at Richard Branson's Caribbean home in August, Winslet meets the billionaire's nephew, "Ned Rocknroll," whom she is linked with almost immediately. "Ned was heartbroken and went to Necker to take his mind off things," a source tells a British newspaper. "But when Kate came out they really hit it off." In October, the couple is photographed holding hands at the opening of Branson's commercial spaceport in New Mexico.
Baby, one more time! The actress and Rocknroll are expecting their first child together, PEOPLE confirms with her rep, who adds, "Kate and Ned are delighted." This will be the third child for Winslet, who is mom to Mia, 12, and Joe, 9, from her previous marriages.
Winslet welcomes her third child, son Bear, at an NHS hospital in Sussex County, U.K., her rep confirms to PEOPLE. "Mother and baby are doing great," the rep says. In September, while promoting new film Labor Day, the actress gushed, "Being a parent turns you inside out. It completely transforms your life and, of course, your children are your absolute everything."
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