Kate Winslet’s New Husband: 5 Things to Know About Ned Rocknroll

By: Cory Lopez / December 27, 2012

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Kate Winslet has said “I do” to her boyfriend of more than a year, Ned Rocknroll. But the actress’ new husband still remains much of a mystery.

The couple tied the knot in front of family and friends during a small, secret New York ceremony in early December, Winslet’s rep confirmed to Celebuzz.

Though the wedding came as a surprise to most of the world, Winslet and Rocknroll had in fact been engaged since the summer.

So who is this British gentleman who swept the Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress off her feet? Read on for five things to know about Winslet’s new husband.

1. He’s not Rocknroll by birth.
The businessman was born Abel Smith but legally changed his name to Ned Rocknroll.

2. He has quite the British pedigree.
Rocknroll is the nephew of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. He currently works for Virgin Galactic, the space-travel division of the Branson empire.

3. This isn’t the first time he’s said “I do.”

Rocknroll was previously married for two years to British socialite Eliza Pearson, the daughter of a multimillionaire viscount.

4. His Hollywood debut came at the Globes.
Though they were first spotted together in fall 2011, Rocknroll was still technically married to Cowdray. But after the exes finalized their divorce in October 2011, Winslet and her new man made their red carpet debut until the 2012 Golden Globes.

5. It seems a fire ignited their love flame.
Rocknroll was vacationing alongside Winslet, her kids and her ex-beau, model Louis Dowler, on the Branson-owned Necker Island in the Caribbean when a fire broke out and Winslet rescued Branson’s 90-year-old mother. According to the Daily Mail, it was Rocknroll, not Dowler, who accompanied Winslet on her trip back to New York after leaving the island.

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