OSCAR winner Mira Sorvino is a married woman after exchanging vows secretly with fiance CHRIS BACKUS.

The couple have been husband and wife since 11 June (04), but urged family and friends to keep the news under wraps - to allow them to enjoy the first few weeks of married life without being hounded by the press.

The pair, who started dating a year ago (03) after meeting in a restaurant, wed at a Santa Barbara, California, courthouse.

Sorvino, 36, has previously romanced Quentin Tarantino and French movie hunk Olivier Martinez.

28/06/2004 21:24