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Billie Piper and Laurence Fox announce separation

Actress Billie Piper and actor Laurence Fox have split up after more than eight years of marriage.

The couple insisted "no third parties" were involved and appealed for "space and privacy" in a statement on Fox's official Facebook page.

Lewis star Fox, 37, and former pop singer Piper, 33, married in December 2007 and have two sons together.

The statement read: "Laurence Fox and Billie Piper have separated. No third parties are involved.

"For the sake of our family we request and appeal for space and privacy at this time."

Fox was forced to apologise earlier this month for swearing at a heckler while performing in a play.

The actor's outburst came during his portrayal of French statesman Charles de Gaulle in The Patriotic Traitor at London's Park Theatre.

According to the Evening Standard, during the live performance, Fox scolded a man in the front row with the words: "I won't bother telling you the story because this c*** in the front row has ruined it for everybody." He left the stage and did not return for the final bow.

Piper was previously married to Radio 2 host Chris Evans, who is 16 years her senior. The pair separated in 2004 before divorcing in May 2007.

Fox is a member of the famous acting dynasty which includes his father James, best known for The Servant and Downton Abbey.

His uncle Edward starred in The Day Of The Jackal, while Fox's cousins Emilia and Freddie also act, and are known respectively for the BBC's Silent Witness and Channel 4's Cucumber.

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