Who is Oliver Farnworth? Everything you need to know about EastEnders star Samantha Womack’s new boyfriend

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Samantha Womack went public with a new romance confirming that she was dating fellow actor Oliver Farnworth with a series of loved up photos.

The pair met acting opposite each other in a stage adaptation of the Girl On The Train, originally a novel by Paula Hawkins and then a film starring Emily Blunt.

Halifax born Oliver is Samantha’s first serious relationship since the breakdown of her nine-year marriage to Mark with whom she shares two children.

Oliver, who trained at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic, landed his first big TV role on Hollyoaks where he played stalker Will Hackett fresh out of drama school in 2006.

The actor then landed a part in Mr Selfridge alongside Jeremy Piven before joining the cast of Coronation Street where he played Andy Carver from 2014.

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Andy was supposedly killed in 2017, however made a return to the cast when he was discovered to have been kidnapped and held captive in a storyline that went on to win Best Twist at the Inside Soap Awards.

Oliver's time in Corrie also cemented him with a newfound sex symbol status which he slowly learned to get his head around..

He told The Mirror at the time: “Being labelled a hunk is flattering but I get a bit embarrassed – I’m a bit bashful.

“With anything like this it is partly to do with looks but it is partly to do with your character, the way you treat people and the way you are, the way you behave in public.

At the time he was dating actress Hannah Edwards after they met while performing in the classic play Inherit The Wind in Stoke-on-Trent.

Following their split, he struck up a romance with his costar Tisha Merry who played Steph Britton on the soap and is now dating Alan Halsall.


More recently, he was dating modelling agent Lauren Francine.

The 38-year-old has also acted on stage throughout his career which is what led him to meet 48-year-old Samantha as they performed together at the Lowry Theatre in 2019.

He has also appeared on stage with former Corrie favourite Suranne Jones in an acclaimed production called Beautiful Thing.

However, his chemistry onstage with Samantha was quickly clocked by audiences who guessed they were an item in real life.

A source said: “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. Plus her ex Mark is happy for her too. It’s all very grown-up and modern.”

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