Ashley Judd and Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti separate

Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti
Hitting the skids: Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti have split upBroadimage/Rex Features

Hollywood star Ashley Judd and her Scottish racing driver husband Dario Franchitti have officially split after 11 years of marriage.

The couple, who married in a lavish ceremony at Skibo Castle in the Highlands in 2001, after becoming engaged in 1999, confirmed the break via their spokesperson.

A statement issued on behalf of Ashley and Dario read: "We have mutually decided to end our marriage.

“We'll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”

Film and TV actress Ashley, 44, made her name in films such as Kiss the Girls and Crossing Over, and in recent years, in addition to her acting career, has become more and more involved in humanitarian and political activities.

Dario, 39, was born in Bathgate in West Lothian, and showed an interest in karting and racing from an early age. He went on to forge a hugely successful career, becoming the IndyCar Series 2007 champion, as well as winning the Indianapolis 500 three times, including last year.

The couple were based in Tennessee in the US, but often enjoyed trips back to Dario’s native Scotland. A huge Celtic fan, the pair were spotted at Celtic Park last year watching Dario’s team.

Dario and Ashley were also regulars at the now-closed exclusive Cromlix House Hotel in Perthshire.

After news of their split emerged, Ashley took to Twitter to make it clear to followers that they will remain friends despite not being a couple any more.

Ashley wrote a simple message to her estranged husband that read: “Family forever. @dariofranchitti.”

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