Actors Billie Piper and Laurence Fox divorce after eight years


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

Billie was granted a "decree nisi" at a brief hearing on Thursday at the Central Family Court in High Holborn, London.

Billie Piper and  Laurence Fox (Ian West/PA)

It was granted on the ground of Laurence's "unreasonable behaviour".

Neither attended the proceedings before District Judge Yvonne Gibson.

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

In a statement on Laurence's official Facebook page in March they said that "no third parties" were involved and appealed for "space and privacy".

Billie, Laurence and son Winston (Fever PR/PA)

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."

No details of the "unreasonable behaviour" were revealed in divorce documents made public on Thursday.

Billie was previously married to radio and TV presenter Chris Evans. The pair separated in 2004 before divorcing in May 2007.

Billie Piper and Chris Evans

Laurence is a member of the famous Fox 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.