Kate Winslet Recalls Falling for Her Husband During a House Fire

"I took a bra and passports and my children—and he had a head torch."

Kate Winslet has recalled falling for her husband as they escaped a catastrophic house fire on Necker Island.

The actress and her children were staying with Sir Richard Branson on his privately owned 74-acre island when it was struck by lightning and battered by winds caused by Hurricane Irene back in 2011.

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Winslet recounts running out of the property with just a bra, her passports, and children, but Branson's nephew and Winslet's now-partner Ned Rocknroll helped them to safety with a "head torch."

"I met my husband in a house fire," the Reader star told ET (opens in new tab). "I took a bra and passports and my children. So I married him! I was like, 'I'll go for the guy with a head torch!'"

Shortly after the blaze, Branson informed the media: "Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine."

Winslet and Rocknroll—born Ned Abel Smith—married in 2012, and welcomed Bear Blaze, their first child together, in 2013.

Meanwhile, Branson has shared images of the destruction on Necker Island (opens in new tab) following hurricane Irma, and appealed for aid for the devastated British Virgin Islands.

The billionaire entrepreneur is also using his Virgin Unite foundation to coordinate raising money for longer-term reconstruction projects for the local BVI communities.

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Naomi Gordon
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