As she wrapped up the final night of her gruelling UK tour last week, Sheridan Smith delighted her fans with a heart-rending version of the ballad Dinner At Eight.
The Rufus Wainwright song, she informed the packed audience at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre, was her ‘fella’s favourite’. And, if that not-so-subtle hint wasn’t a clear enough declaration that she is no longer single, the 36-year-old actress and singer drove the point home: ‘Did I not tell you? I’ve got a fella!’
But what might have been regarded as happy news for the star, who has weathered a difficult few years in her personal life, was somewhat spoilt by her next comment: ‘I know, you think it won’t last — it probably won’t.’
So what are we to make of news this week that the dazzlingly talented star is engaged to a man she met on the dating app Tinder just three months ago?
What are we to make of news this week that dazzlingly talented star Sheridan Smith (above, on stage in April) is engaged to a man she met on the dating app Tinder just three months ago?
Sheridan's (right) relationship with 28-year-old Jamie Horn (left) is said to have moved so fast that she is already wearing a £10,000 engagement ring. (They are pictured leaving the Ivy Club)
Her relationship with 28-year-old Jamie Horn is said to have moved so fast that Sheridan is already wearing a £10,000 engagement ring. She is reported to have moved the former insurance broker into a home she has rented for them both. The pair are even said to have bought a dog together.
And, if anyone was in any doubt that Mr Horn is ‘the one’, then they are also believed to be jetting off together on an exotic beach holiday this week to celebrate their engagement and the end of her nine-date tour.
Husband-to-be? Former insurance broker Jamie Horn is said to be sharing a flat with Sheridan
On the surface then, a whirlwind romance with a fairytale ending, but given the flippant comment she made on stage last week, perhaps Sheridan herself can’t quite believe that she has found enduring love after so many years of heartache. Indeed, despite being one of Britain’s best-loved actresses — the recipient of a Bafta, two Olivier Awards and an OBE for her services to drama — she has recently become as renowned for her chequered love life off stage as for her phenomenal success on it.
In the past, Sheridan has blamed her bad luck on being a ‘workaholic’ and not being able to settle down to being ‘a little wifey’.
A two-year on-off relationship with comedian and TV presenter James Corden fizzled out in 2009, despite rumours they were planning to tie the knot. A romance with Scottish actor Ross McCall fell victim to the pressures of a long-distance relationship in 2010.
Her fling with married Hollyoaks actor Greg Wood ended in very public heartbreak in 2014 amid claims of his infidelity with one of his co-stars. At the time, Sheridan admitted to her 660,000 Twitter followers that she had ‘just been hurt by an idiot boy again’ and that she refused to ‘lower myself to his standards’. Six months later she was briefly back in Wood’s arms but by the end of 2015 the relationship was over for good.
Last summer the star of TV hits such as Gavin & Stacey, Cilla and the C-Word as well as the West End musical Legally Blonde, claimed to have found her ‘dream man’ in model Graham Nation and moved him into her North London home, but they had split by November.
Hot on the heels of that relationship, she briefly dated former footballer and WWE heavyweight fighter Stuart Tomlinson. And during New Year celebrations this year at a luxury resort in Mexico, she was photographed cuddling up to another mystery man.
However in January it all appeared to end in heartbreak again, when she posted an image on her social media, emblazoned with the words: ‘That moment when you hear or see something that breaks your heart and you can actually feel the pain in your chest’ along with the caption ‘Byeeeee! Next!’
‘What I can say? I don’t pick them very well,’ she told Vogue magazine when discussing what has been, by her own admission, a ‘disastrous’ love life.
Hardly surprising, then, that when it comes to her latest romance with a man eight years her junior, there are concerns that Sheridan may be rushing things a little, especially given that it follows what has been a turbulent few years for the star following the death of her beloved father, Colin, in 2016.
News of her relationship with solicitor’s son Jamie comes barely a month after they were first pictured together leaving the Ivy Club in London’s West End on March 23.
A two-year on-off relationship with comedian and TV presenter James Corden fizzled out in 2009, despite rumours they were planning to tie the knot
Just days earlier, Sheridan’s spokesman denied reports that she had set up a profile on the dating app Tinder, which matches users who have indicated that they like the look of each other. An account featuring six snaps of the star and listing her job as being at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End, was fake, said the spokesman, as was the bio which read: ‘I like changing my hair colour, dogs, laughing and sleep.’
Sheridan, who owns three dogs, is believed to have met Jamie via the app at around the time of the denials. He used to work as a maritime insurance broker for a company called ARB International in London. Last year, he set up his own building company, Prosper Contracting.
In October last year, she spoke out about her battle with anxiety, saying that her late father’s cancer diagnosis had acted as a trigger. (Sheridan, above, in concert at the Royal Albert Hall)
He is said to own a £500,000 property of his own in a luxury gated development in Brentwood, Essex, but had been living with his mum before moving in with Sheridan.