Friday 28 July 2017

Nicole and Keith uncoupled by big awards date clash

Lovey-dovey Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman arrive at the Big Little Lies premiere, but must go it alone at their clashing Bafta and Grammy ceremonies (Invision/AP)
Lovey-dovey Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman arrive at the Big Little Lies premiere, but must go it alone at their clashing Bafta and Grammy ceremonies (Invision/AP)
Left to right, Laura Dern, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz and Reese Witherspoon arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Big Little Lies (Invision/AP)

Nicole Kidman has said she is planning a romantic Valentine's Day with her husband Keith Urban after they attend two of the year's biggest awards shows - on their own.

The Australian star has confirmed she will be at the Bafta Awards in London on Sunday, where she is nominated for best supporting actress for her performance in the moving drama Lion.

But country singer Urban will miss the ceremony because he is nominated for three Grammys in Los Angeles on the same night.

Speaking at the premiere of Kidman's new TV drama series Big Little Lies in Los Angeles, Urban told reporters: "We're going to be on other sides of the planet.

"It's a conundrum because it's a huge honour for both of us."

Kidman added: "It's probably never going to happen again so we go, 'OK'.

"And then Valentine's Day, we're like, 'Woo!'."

Kidman and fellow Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon are the executive producers and stars of Big Little Lies, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty.

The seven-part series tells the story of three mothers, played by Kidman, Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

At the show's premiere at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre, Kidman said her co-stars, who also include Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz, had become "friends for life".

She told reporters: "The strongest thing was standing on the red carpet with those five women, going, 'These are my friends'.

"They're not just the people I work with, they're my friends. They're my friends for life.

"That's one of the greatest things, you actually get to work with your friends."

Witherspoon, who attended the premiere with with her 17-year-old daughter Ava, said serving as a producer on Big Little Lies was unlikely to lead to her working as a director.

"I really like what I'm doing now," she told the Press Association.

"I like producing, I like acting, I'm not very inclined to direct."

Big Little Lies will be shown on Sky Atlantic in the UK in March

Press Association

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