Actress Kate Winslet and her director boyfriend Sam Mendes have left onlookers stunned - with a display of public affection.

The normally-reticent couple smooched and snuggled on a busy New York sidewalk, oblivious to the shocked stares of passers-by.

One witness says, "They didn't have a care in the world, wandering along the street and gazing into each others eyes. They kissed so passionately it was almost embarrassing."

Kate, 27, is in the city filming Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Jim Carrey, while American Beauty director Sam, 37, is finishing his Broadway play Gypsy in the Big Apple.

The pair have been dating for 18 months since Kate split from husband JIM THREAPLETON. They are rumoured to be on the verge of engagement, but have yet to make any announcement.

06/05/2003 17:23