EastEnders' Samantha Womack 'is dating Coronation Street's Oliver Farnworth'

EastEnders star Samantha Womack is reportedly dating Coronation Street actor Oliver Farnworth.

The actress, 48, has been secretly dating the soap star after they grew close while working on the 2019 stage adaptation of The Girl On The Train.

It comes after Samantha revealed she had secretly split from her husband Mark in 2018 after nine years of marriage, and it's reported her estranged spouse has given her new relationship his seal of approval.

New romance! EastEnders star Samantha Womack, 48, is reportedly dating Coronation Street actor Oliver Farnworth, 38

New romance! EastEnders star Samantha Womack, 48, is reportedly dating Coronation Street actor Oliver Farnworth, 38

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A source told The Sun: 'They couldn't be happier and have loved dating away from the public eye.

'They've met each other's families and it all feels very natural. They're totally smitten with each other.

'Plus her ex Mark is happy for her too. It's all very grown-up and modern.'

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth for comment. 

Break up: It comes after Samantha revealed she had secretly split from her husband Mark in 2018 after nine years of marriag (pictured in 2014)

Break up: It comes after Samantha revealed she had secretly split from her husband Mark in 2018 after nine years of marriag (pictured in 2014)

It comes after Samantha revealed she secretly split from her husband Mark in 2018 after nine years of marriage.

The Soap star confirmed the couple have been separated for a while but are cohabiting 'happily' with their children Benjamin, 19, and Lili Rose, 15, at their Bedfordshire farmhouse. 

The thespian, who is also stepmum to Mark's son Michael, 25, from a previous relationship, insisted they're amicable and are in 'no rush' to change their unconventional living situation.

The media personality told OK! magazine: 'Our family home is big enough and we're co-existing happily. There's no rush to change things. 

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'But now feels like the right time to be honest and admit we're no longer together. It would be naive to say that moving on has been easy for us both. It's not an easy route but we've always been honest with each other about everything.'

The TV star, who met the Emmerdale actor, 59, on the set of Liverpool 1 back in 1998 and tied the knot in May 2009, admitted she wants to be 'best friends' with her ex's future partners as they've started to see other people since their break-up and even give each other dating advice. 

Close: The soap star, 47, confirmed the couple have been separated for a while but are 'cohabiting happily' with their children at their Bedfordshire farmhouse (pictured in 2013)

Close: The soap star, 47, confirmed the couple have been separated for a while but are 'cohabiting happily' with their children at their Bedfordshire farmhouse (pictured in 2013)

Samantha and Mark started their romance soon after their respective marriages ended.

The blonde called it quits from Junfan Mantovani in 1998 after just one year of marriage, while the Liverpool native was married to Mary Therese McGoldrick from 1995 until 1997.

Early beginnings: The TV star met the Emmerdale actor, 59, on the set of Liverpool 1 back in 1998 (pictured in 1998)

Early beginnings: The TV star met the Emmerdale actor, 59, on the set of Liverpool 1 back in 1998 (pictured in 1998)

Samantha revealed talks of a split started 'about four years ago' as her husband wanted to lead a 'quiet life' while she is 'more out there'.

Despite being separated for quite some time, the theatre star insisted they've had 'some of their best times together' as a family during the coronavirus lockdown. 

The mother-of-two candidly confessed she feared she and Mark 'failed' as a couple, but is content their son and daughter are 'happy that we're happy' as they're 'soulmates' and 'still love each other'.

Earlier this year, Murphy's Law star Mark appeared on Lorraine Kelly to discuss his new stint on Emmerdale, but kept mum on his split from Samantha.

'We're soulmates': Samantha and Mark have taken things slow when it comes to divorcing legally, and are even considering getting a house abroad (pictured in 2000)

'We're soulmates': Samantha and Mark have taken things slow when it comes to divorcing legally, and are even considering getting a house abroad (pictured in 2000)

'We wanted to find the right time': In March, the Murphy's Law star appeared on Lorraine to discuss his new stint on Emmerdale, but kept mum on his split from Samantha (pictured)

'We wanted to find the right time': In March, the Murphy's Law star appeared on Lorraine to discuss his new stint on Emmerdale, but kept mum on his

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