Kate Winslet hits the top of the South

JARED NICOLL
Last updated 10:20 13/02/2013
Ned Rocknroll
Derek Flynn
VISITING: Actor Kate Winslet’s husband Ned Rocknroll at the Avis rental car desk at the Picton ferry terminal yesterday.

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Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and her rock'n'roll husband left the bright lights of Masterton and crossed Cook Strait to Picton on Tuesday.

Winslet and her new husband Ned Rocknroll were spotted leaving the Interislander ferry terminal and picking up a rental car on Tuesday morning after sailing south from Wellington on the Kaitaki ferry.

One witness said he asked the 37-year-old blonde English filmstar politely, "Are you Kate?"

Winslet, dressed in plain clothes and big dark sunglasses, replied with a friendly smile and quick as a flash said, "No, but I look like her."

Asked if he was Ned, her husband replied "My name is Edward."


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A nephew of billionaire Virgin Air founder Sir Richard Branson, Ned Rocknroll was born Edward Abel Smith in 1978. He became Winslet's third husband at a ceremony in New York late last year. He was previously married to British socialite Eliza Pearson.

An Interislander staff member who escorted the pair through the terminal to the car rental agency declined to confirm their identities and passed off the VIP treatment as "baggage issues". It was a busy sailing with about 1000 passengers, he said.

The star of films such as 90s blockbuster Titanic and Sir Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures, Winslet was spotted shopping in Masterton with her husband and Jackson on Monday.

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- The Marlborough Express

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