EastEnders’ Samantha Womack moves on with Corrie’s Oliver Farnworth after split

Ex-EastEnders actress Samantha Womack, 48, has found new love with former Coronation Street star Oliver Farnworth, 38.

Samantha, who played tragic Ronnie Mitchell, split from her husband Mark Womack, 60, who was killed off from Emmerdale as evil DI Malone, last year.

However the soap star revealed that their marriage had broken down in 2018, but they continued to live together with their two children.

The blonde beauty has now moved on with ex Corrie star Oliver, who played Andy Carver until the character was murdered back in 2017.

It's reported that the actors grew close while appearing in a 2019 stage adaptation of The Girl On The Train, based on the best-selling book of the same name.

A source told The Sun: "Samantha's chemistry with Oliver was clear to see on stage and they remained close after the production.

"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."

The publication reported that Mark is happy for his ex too, describing the situation as "very grown-up and modern".

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The new couple reportedly headed up to Yorkshire to visit Oliver's family, and have been loving walking her dogs together.

Speaking about the end of her marriage, Samantha previously said: "Our family home is big enough and we're co-existing happily. There's no rush to change things.

"But now feels like the right time to be honest and admit that we are no longer together.

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"We've been happily living together ever since. It's bizarre but these have probably been the best years we've had as a family."

Samantha and Mark had two children together – son Benjamin and daughter Lily.

They tied the knot in 2009 after being together for 10 years, separating nine years later in 2018.

She was previously married to Junfan Mantovani between 1997 and 1998.

Meanwhile, Mark was married to Mary Therese McGoldrick between 1995 and 1997 and they had one son together, Michael.

Samantha left EastEnders in 2017's New Year's Day episode when her character Ronnie, alongside her sister Roxy, played by Rita Simons, drowned in a tragic double death.

Oliver's Corrie character Andy met an equally tragic end, after he was killed by evil Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre), after the villain had kept him hostage for a number of months.

Similarly, Mark's Emmerdale character DI Malone was shot and killed by Dawn Taylor (Olivia Bromley), after he had been terrorising her family.

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