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Friday, 3 May, 2002, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Actor Hopkins to divorce again
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Hopkins is set to play Hannibal for a third time
Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is divorcing his wife after 29 years of marriage, it has been revealed.

The Welsh star was granted a decree nisi at the Family Division of London's High Court on Tuesday.

The Oscar-winner married Jennifer Lynton in 1973 after splitting from his first wife Petronella, with whom he has a daughter.

Sir Anthony separated from his wife several years ago, saying they had "drifted apart".

He now lives in the Los Angeles, becoming an official US citizen in 2000, while Ms Lynton remains in the UK.

Riches

The 64-year-old has since embarked on a number of relationships.

A decree absolute - the final legal step in a divorce - is expected to be granted in about six weeks.

Speaking last year, he said: "I live a separate life and am not very good with any relationships - with anyone. I can't be locked up with anyone for too long."

The Sunday Times Rich List recently estimated the actor had amassed a 40m fortune during his long career.

Sir Anthony won an Academy Award in 1992 for his role as the cannibal Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

Psychotic

He has since been nominated for three Oscars for The Remains of the Day, Nixon and Amistad.

The star is appearing as the psychotic killer Hannibal for a third time in the adaptation of Thomas Harris' Red Dragon.

The book is the first in the Hannibal trilogy and was made previously made into a film in 1986 under the title Manhunter.

Michael Mann, whose credits include Heat and Ali, directed Manhunter, which starred Scottish actor Brian Cox as Dr Lecter.

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