Drew Barrymore is fabulous at 40 as she marks birthday with makeup-free photo

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Drew Barrymore celebrated her 40th birthday in style. While her contemporaries gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles for the star-studded 2015 Oscars, the actress shunned the spotlight to soak up the sun on a beach with her friends and family.

In honour of her special day on Sunday, Drew shared a makeup-free photo with her fans, showing her smiling from ear to ear after enjoying a dip in the ocean. She captioned the picture simply, "#forty."

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Drew Barrymore posted an Instagram photo to mark her 40th birthday



The mum-of-two has been looking forward to reaching her landmark birthday. In a recent interview with E! Online, she couldn't hide her excitement as she spoke about turning 40, marriage and motherhood.

"I'm so excited," the Blended star said as she discussed her special day, on 22 February. "I finally feel the age that I am and I'll tell you why – I always felt older than the number I was," the former child star explained.

"I was always too mature and adult and raising myself or running a company, or I'm only 19 and I'm a home owner. Forty feels like where I'm at. It makes sense."

Adding to Drew's happiness are her husband Will Kopelman, and their daughters, two-year-old Olive and Frankie, who will be one in April. Drew and art consultant Will started dating in 2011 and married on 2 June, 2012, in Montecito, California.

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Proud mum Drew Barrymore with daughters Olive and Frankie



"I'm very happy. Marriage is great and the kids are the best," the actress said. "I know that everyone says you're supposed to treat your spouse as equal as your kids, but I struggle every day of who I love the most. I love them all!"

Drew recently confirmed that she will be acting "less and less" now she is a mother. "It's hard to be present when you wake up before them and come home after they've gone to bed," she said during an appearance on the Today show.

"That's just not the way I want to have this journey with my kids at this point in their life. But maybe when they're older, I will feel differently."

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