Get to know the man who won over Kate Winslet—and how she got him to eventually change his name to something regular.
Kate Winslet is one of the most gifted actors of all time. She is the youngest person to have received six Academy Award nominations, with seven nominations in total and one Best Actress victory for 2008’s The Reader. Her love life, however, has not always been as successful as her career.
Here is everything you need to know about Kate Winslet’s husband Edward Abel Smith.
Who is Kate Winslet’s husband?
To start with, who is Kate Winslet’s husband? Since December 2012, Kate Winslet has been married to Edward Abel Smith, born Ned Abel Smith.
The couple met the previous year in 2011 and secretly married in the summer of 2012. Leonardo DiCaprio, Winslet’s Titanic and Revolutionary Road co-star, and close friend escorted her down the aisle during the wedding.
Why did Kate Winslet’s husband change his name?
At the time that they met, Kate Winslet’s now-husband was going by the name Ned Rocknroll. Yeah, we think that’s quite unusual too. In 2008, Abel formally changed his name to the absurd nickname. However, Ned changed his name to the far less flashy Edward Abel Smith in 2019, a few years after the birth of their son Bear.
Abel’s first wife, the British socialite Eliza Pearson, described the reasoning behind the name change to The Daily Mail (via Entertainment Tonight). “The whole thing was about having fun with your name. He thought we all took ourselves too seriously so it was about reacting against it. He looked into just being ‘Ned’, with no surname at all but, apparently, that’s illegal so we couldn’t do it.”
In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Winslet also explained the odd choice of names that her husband made.
“So his birth name is Abel Smith. And as time went by and Ned became Ned—who is quite an original personality—he just decided at one point in his life to just change his name to Rocknroll. Ned Rocknroll. So when I met him, his name was Ned Rocknroll. This is completely true.”
She went on to describe why he changed his name back to a more traditional form of his birth name. “When he changed his name to Rocknroll, I don’t think he had anticipated what might happen if he should have a girlfriend whose name was Kate Winslet and who was quite well-known and therefore the press might kind of not react so well to the fact that she had this boyfriend called then Rocknroll.
So, it was a little tricky… I got to the point where I’m like, you know, I’m filling in doctors’ forms and it says ‘ mother’s name’ and ‘father’s name’, and I’m like, ‘Honey…are we going to keep going?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, you’re right. I’ll just change it back.’ So, he changed it back.”
Is Kate Winslet still married to Edward Abel Smith?
Kate Winslet and Edward Abel Smith look to be still married and in love. Winslet spoke about her husband as recently as September 2021, in the Emmy press room shortly after her Emmy win for Mare of Easttown.
“When I was here 10 years ago with Mildred Pierce we had actually just met. I knew that I was going to spend my life with this man. We’re getting to the Emmys and I was just so in a whirlwind of having just met him that I couldn’t even concentrate and I vividly remember making an absolutely appalling speech because I was not on planet earth because I had fallen head over heels in love with this person who I just met. So to have him here, it’s really quite special.”
How did Kate Winslet meet Edward Abel Smith?
Branson was quoted in The Telegraph crediting Winslet, “My mum is 90 and can walk, but it was more just to speed the process up than anything else. But anyway, she was great. She swept her up into her arms and got them out of the house as fast as possible.”