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    Kate Beckinsale's Breakup

    A happy ending wasn't in the cards for Serendipity star Kate Beckinsale and her longtime partner and fellow thespian, Michael Sheen.

    After seven years and one child together, the couple split in January, a breakup confirmed this week by the actress' publicist. "They're not together anymore," said Lisa Kasteler.

    No reason was given for the breakup. (Can anything beat being seduced by your pot-puffing prospective mother-in-law, as Beckinsale's character was in the recently released Laurel Canyon?)

    Four-year-old daughter Lily will remain with Beckinsale according to Kasteler, who says the actress will continue to live in London despite recent stints in Los Angeles and Prague, where she was shooting a movie. "London is home," said the rep.

    The 29-year-old British beauty met Welsh actor Sheen, 34, during a native touring production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull in 1995. They never married.

    Stateside Sheen is best known for a small role in last year's Four Feathers. He's considered a theater star in Britain.

    Beckinsale first made an impact on American audiences in 1993 as the jilted bride-to-be in Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing. Other than her starry-eyed turn in Serendipity, Beckinsale is best known for roles in Pearl Habor, Brokedown Palace and Last Days of Disco.

    She spent the last six months in Prague shooting the vampire thriller Van Helsing with Hugh Jackman. That film is due in 2004. Beckinsale also sank her teeth into the vampire fantasy flick Underworld opposite Scott Speedman, one of two films the actress has slated for release later this year. The other is the romantic comedy Tiptoes, costarring Matthew McConaughey and Gary Oldman.

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