Kate Winslet met her husband, Ned RockNRoll, in a house fire on Branson’s island


When Kate Winslet met her husband, they got on like a house on fire – literally. Mr. Kate Winslet was once Abel Smith but now goes by Ned RockNRoll, for which I’ll never be able to take him seriously. He is also Sir Richard Branson’s nephew. Back in August of 2011, Branson was hosting an assortment of friends and family – like Kate and AbelNed – on his privately-owned Necker Island, which is one of the British Virgin Islands. All was swell until Hurricane Irene whipped through and her lightning set the mansion ablaze, forcing those in it, including Kate and her children, to run for their lives. Apparently, it was during this exodus that Kate met Ned for the first time and his ability to think clearly under pressure won her over. So much so, she married him.

Kate Winslet’s upcoming drama The Mountain Between Us tells the story of two plane crash survivors who fall in love while trying to stay alive in the wilderness. As it turns out, the idea finding love amidst chaos is something Winslet is actually quite familiar with.

ET’s Cameron Mathison caught up with Winslet and her co-star, Idris Elba, at a junket for their romantic drama on Saturday, and the Oscar-winning actress opened up about how she and her husband, Ned Rocknroll, met under potentially disastrous circumstances.

“I met my husband in a house fire,” Winslet recalled. The fire in question occurred in August 2011 when Winslet and her kids — daughter Mia and son Joe — were vacationing on Necker Island, the privately owned resort island belonging to billionaire Richard Branson. Rocknroll, Branson’s nephew, was staying on the island in an adjacent residence.

“He was the only dude to have a head torch and a pair of shoes, everyone else left everything behind,” the Titanic star recounted. “I took a bra and passports and my children.”

“So I married him!” she added, laughing. “I was like, ‘I’ll go for the guy with a head torch!’”

[From ET]

I can just picture the book jacket to that romance novel. Except there are few details missing from Kate’s story which she’s previously shared. Like the part where Kate saved Branson’s mother, Eve. Only Eve revealed that Kate didn’t really save her, but merely carried her down four steps so that Kate and her children could pass her and get out of the house. Also, where was Kate’s boyfriend Louis Dowler, who was staying with Kate on the island? We know Kate left that trip with still-married-at-the-time Ned but if she only met him the night of the fire, where was Louis during the chaos? I get that the fire, which everyone survived fortunately, was a terrifying night but Kate seems to rewrite the narrative periodically.

Sadly, just as Irene wreaked havoc on Necker Island, so too did Irma. Once again, Branson’s homes and surrounding area were brutalized by the hurricane, which was still Cat. 5 as it passed through the British Virgin Islands and once again, Branson was on Necker at the time. Thankfully, no one on Necker was hurt. Branson said they found safety in the great house’s solid basement that, coincidentally, also serves as a wine cellar. (Talk about finding a silver lining.) Branson remains in the area, dedicated to assisting the government’s efforts in rehabilitating BVI in the wake Irma’s devastation.




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  1. Squiggisbig says:

    1. She always trots out this story and her deep, abiding friendship with Leo whenever she is promoting a movie.
    2. The carrying his mom down 4 steps and the magically disappearing boyfriend should be enough for her to retire this tall tale.

  2. minx says:

    She often talks up this husband, more so than the first two. I think she’s a bit defensive about him.

  3. Phaedra says:

    I can’t take anyone seriously who changed his name to that…

    • Bug says:

      Ah ah, I feel you!
      And she is insufferable to me. She often sounds so stupid.

      • GiBee says:

        I used to think she was okay – complaining about being airbrushed, etc. But she’s messed around with her face so much and then lied about it – I just can’t, with that.

  4. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    I can’t read a story about her husband without cringing. Like, does he introduce himself as Ned Rocknroll? Or does it only come up periodically? I feel like if you’re obnoxious enough to change your name to Rocknroll, you are also obnoxious enough to put it in every conversation AND to introduce yourself that way-like there is no residual embarrassment for changing your name.

  5. Olive says:

    I thought we knew this already? That Kate saved Branson’s mom by carrying her out of the house?

    • Juliaoc says:

      I was thinking the same thing. This is….really old news.

    • Leskat says:

      This is incredibly old news, hell, even I remembered this story about how they met and I don’t give 2 hoots about Kate or a grown-ass adult with the last name Rocknroll.

  6. Fanny says:

    This is a well known story which is being brought up because it relates to the plot of Kate’s latest movie.

    However, I’m pretty sure Kate and this doofus have already split up and she hasn’t announced it yet. They haven’t been seen together in ages and she recently went on a solo vacation with Leonardo DiCaprio.

  7. EscapedConvent says:

    I think “sheltering in place” in the wine cellar is the best part of the story. The rich really are different from you and me.

  8. Carol says:

    Eve sounds a bit cranky. Kate, in a scary situation, sees an old woman at the top of some stairs trying to get outside and picked her up to help her down those stairs. Yes, I am sure she was worried about her own children, but she still helped the lady out of a burning building. I wouldn’t have gone so far as announce she saved my life, but I also wouldn’t have harrumphed that it was only four steps and she loves her own children more than me.

  9. Yeahright says:

    Kate is becoming insufferable.
    Please stop making me dislike you!
    I’m going to have to watch The Holiday again.