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Christmas with ex and his girlfriend 'so normal' for Kate Beckinsale

By Lucy Mapstone

Kate Beckinsale says her close friendship with ex-partner Michael Sheen is "normal" as she prepares to spend Christmas with him and his girlfriend.

The actress, daughter of late Porridge star Richard Beckinsale, has a daughter with Sheen. She said she was very fond of US comedian Sarah Silverman, whom the Welsh actor has been dating for more than two years.

In addition, she is thrilled that her 17-year-old daughter Lily has both herself and Silverman in her life as strong females.

Beckinsale (43) said of her friendship with Sheen: "It's so normal for us. We have been not together far longer than we were ever together. But I really love him and like him and we make each other roar with laughter."

She told ES Magazine: "I really love his girlfriend as well, and we are really lucky that we both get on." Beckinsale was in a relationship with fellow actor Sheen (47) from 1995 until 2003. She married film director Len Wiseman in 2004, but later divorced.

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