British supercouple Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes are becoming increasingly unpopular with locals at their Gloucestershire, England mansion - after becoming obsessed with their own privacy.

The Titanic actress and her OSCAR winning director husband have been renovating the picturesque farm house for several months and their improvements include erecting a series of 7 foot (2 metres 13 inch) high screens around the property.

A source from the village says, "They like to be in the limelight one minute, and the next, we all have to look the other way when they are down for the weekend."

20/10/2003 01:58