Best known for his work on the film Notting Hill, British cinema’s famed director Roger Michell is dead aged 65. We take a look at his relationship with his wife and actress Anna Maxwell Martin in this article.

Roger’s exemplary work ranged in the domain of TV and films and embodied all the qualities of British cinema that we have come to love. It was witty, subtle and romantic, all at the same time.

Despite his impressive work in the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, fans fell head over heels in love with his work in 1999’s Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

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Roger Michell and Anna Maxwell Martin’s relationship explored

Roger, who often kept his personal life outside of the public eye, met Anna when he cast her to play Sophie in the Australian play Honour. The actress instantly fell in love with her director, and the following year, Roger cast her opposite Daniel Craig in Enduring Love.

In an interview with You, Anna revealed that initially, the Notting Hill director showed no interest in her, but she knew he was the man she wanted to have kids with.

The pair finally got married in the year 2002 and stayed together for 18 years before parting ways in 2020.

Anna revealed last year that the pair had officially ended their marriage and had been separated for quite some time. Anna and Roger shared two daughters, Maggie and Nancy.

Speaking about the divorce, Anna told, “I haven’t really spoken about it because it isn’t fair on all the people involved.”

“There are four children to think about,” she said referring to Roger’s other two kids from a previous marriage.

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Who was Roger’s ex-wife?

Roger was previously married to actress Kate Buffery, who is known for her roles in Wing and a Prayer (1997–1999), Trial and Retribution (1997–2002) and theatre shows like Daisy Pulls it Off.

Roger and Kate were married for 10 years between 1992 and 2002. They shared two kids, agent Rosanna Michell and actor Harry Michell.

Fans mourn the Notting Hill director’s death

Many cinema lovers took to Twitter to mourn the director’s death.

What makes the filmmaker’s death even more heartbreaking is that it came before the national release of his final film, a comedy named The Duke, starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. The film revolves around the theft of the Wellington portrait from the National Gallery in 1961.

Here’s how a few of his fans reacted on Twitter…

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