James McAvoy and wife Anne-Marie Duff are to divorce

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Hollywood star James McAvoy and his actress wife Anne-Marie Duff have announced that they are to divorce after 10 years of marriage.

The couple released a statement which said they would continue to have "friendship, love and respect for one another" despite the separation.

Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy (Matt Crossick/PA)
Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy (Matt Crossick/PA)

It read: "It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce. ?

"We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son.

James McAvoy
James is currently promoting X-Men: Apocalypse (Matt Crossick/PA)

"We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child's privacy during this time."

The couple, whose relationship started when they starred alongside each other in the comedy-drama Shameless, had a son in 2010.

James is currently on a promotional tour for X-Men: Apocalypse, while Anne-Marie was last seen in the Shakespeare Live! celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon last month.