The Constant Gardener star and actress Francesca Annis break up

By Stephen M. Silverman
February 08, 2006 08:00 AM

Constant Gardener star Ralph Fiennes and his partner of nearly 11 years, actress Francesca Annis, have split up, her lawyers in London say.

“Ms. Annis confirms today that she and Ralph Fiennes are to separate,” said the statement issued Tuesday by her law firm, Schillings.

The announcement followed a Mail on Sunday newspaper report claiming that Fiennes had had an affair with a Romanian singer.

Fiennes, 43, and the 61-year-old Annis met while starring in a 1995 production of Hamlet, in which Fiennes played the title role and Annis his mother. At the time, Fiennes was married to ER star Alex Kingston, while Annis had three children with photographer Patrick Wiseman.

Schillings also said that Annis had begun legal action against The Daily Mail newspaper for defamation and invasion of privacy over a story claiming she had forgiven Fiennes for his affair.