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By Claire Rutter On March 5, 2013

'I've Really Learnt A Great Deal About Myself': Kate Winslet On Her Life Since Divorce From 'Skyfall' Director Sam Mendes

Actress opens up after marrying Ned RocknRoll in December

Kate Winslet has claimed that she’s “really learnt a great deal” about herself in the last four years, and admits that her life experiences help her create richer characters.

The British actress married Sir Richard Branson’s nephew Ned RocknRoll in a secret ceremony last year, which is Kate’s third marriage after divorcing ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes in 2009.

Now Kate has claimed that the split taught her a great deal in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar.

Kate Winslet feels like she has "more material" to create richer characters (Wenn)

“I’ve really learnt a great deal about myself, in the last four years in particular,” she said. "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.

"I have so much more material to draw on for work - rubble, bricks - and I know I can carry it now."

Kate has two children, eight-year-old Joe from her relationship with Mendes, and also her 12-year-old daughter Mia, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton, who the Oscar-winning actress split with in 2001.

In her chat with the fashion tome, Kate revealed her admiration for the Royal family, in particular the Queen, who recently awarded the actress a CBE for her contribution to drama.

Of the Queen, who is currently recovering from a brief stay in hospital due to gastroenteritis, Kate said that she had “beautiful skin”, as well as “wonderful thick hair”.

"She looked really well and pretty and fresh, and she was wearing a lovely pale-yellow dress,” Kate said.

In January, the couple had to go to court to prevent the publication of personal images and a judge ruled in Ned RocknRoll's favour claiming that he is not a public figure in his own right, according to a judge who ruled that The Sun could not publish photos of Mr RocknRoll in an 'embarrassing' situation.

 Mr Justice Briggs, decided that despite the interest in Mr RocknRoll he was not a public figure in his own right, as explained in his written statement.

According to the BBC, the judge said: "Mr RocknRoll has, inevitably, briefly become something of a public figure as a result of his relationship with, and now marriage to, Miss Winslet," adding: "To some unavoidable degree this has led to published photographs of them together, but not so as to place Mr RocknRoll in the public sphere in his own right."

Kate Winslet and then boyfriend Ned RocknRoll (Photo: WENN)

After the initial ruling a statement from the couple read: "The photos are innocent but embarrassing and there is no reason to splash them across a newspaper."

It continued: "We recognise that in the internet age privacy is harder and harder to maintain," adding: "But we will continue to do what we can, particularly to protect Kate's children from the results of media intrusion."

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