Sam Claflin and Laura Haddock announce split after six years of marriage

Tom Beasley
Sam Claflin and Laura Haddock at the premiere of the film 'Transformers The Last Knight' in London, 2017. (Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin and Guardians of the Galaxy star Laura Haddock have announced they have separated, six years after they got married.

Claflin shared the news with fans on Instagram, stating the couple still feel “love, friendship and a deep respect” for each other, despite their split.

The two stars met in 2011 at an audition for the Marilyn Monroe biopic My Week With Marilyn and married at a private ceremony in July 2013.

They have two children together - three-year-old son Pip and 18-month-old daughter Margot.

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Claflin wrote that the couple will continue to raise their family together.

The British actor used his Instagram Story on Monday evening to announce their split.

“Laura and I have decided to legally separate,” the 33-year-old wrote.

“We will move forward with nothing but love, friendship and a deep respect for one another whilst we continue to raise our family together.

“We won’t be commenting on this further. Thank you in advance for your support and respecting our privacy at this time.”

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Claflin previously described Haddock as his “female counterpart” and has stated he phoned his agent after meeting her to say she was the woman he wanted to marry.

Sam Claflin and Laura Haddock arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1', 2014. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)

Haddock rose to prominence for her role in The Inbetweeners Movie and played Meredith Quill in the Guardians of the Galaxy films as well as Vivian Wembley in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Claflin, meanwhile, is set to appear in the new series of Peaky Blinders, which starts this weekend.

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He will portray the fascist MP Oswald Mosley in the fifth series of the BBC crime saga.

His new film The Nightingale is set to arrive in UK cinemas later this year after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.