Newlywed Kate Beckinsale remains close to her former partner Michael Sheen, and confesses she'd "miss him dreadfully" if he wasn't around.

The VAN HELSING star split with Sheen - father of her daughter LILY - after nine years together in March 2003 and began dating her Underworld director Len Wiseman.

Despite tying the knot with Wiseman earlier this month (MAY04), Beckinsale is adamant she will be close to Sheen for the remainder of her life.

She says, "Mike's part of our life. I love him dearly - I would miss him dreadfully if he wasn't in my life.

"But I was only 19 or 20 when we got together and I'm not sure you necessarily know what you need then."

Loved-up Beckinsale says she married Wiseman because their relationship was so different to her pairing with Sheen.

She explains, "Sometimes I look at Len getting out of the bath and I'll be like, 'Oh, oh God, you're far too attractive for me.'

"I don't think either of us have had that experience of 'My God, you are far too attractive for me,' but we both get it.

"I came home yesterday and Len massaged my feet. And I thought, 'I've got an attractive man massaging my feet!' I get such a buzz out of it."

28/05/2004 02:33