The Mail on Sunday

Kate is furious as Sam calls Rachel

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KATE WINSLET has maintained a dignified silence since her split from film director Sam Mendes. But privately the 34-year-old actress is said to be seething that her estranged husband is back in touch with his ex-girlfriend Rachel Weisz, right.

Sam, 44, has been widely tipped to direct the new James Bond movie and, according to industry sources, is determined to cast Rachel, 40, as one of the villains. ‘As soon as Kate and Sam split, he was on the phone asking Rachel if she was interested in doing the movie,’ says my source.

‘Rachel has always been persona non grata in the WinsletMen­des household, and Kate went ballistic when she heard that Sam wanted to hire her.

‘Sam has wanted to work with Rachel for ages, but Kate would not allow it.

‘Although they ran in the same Hollywood circles, they avoided each other.’

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