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Samantha Barks isn't dating Russell Crowe

Samantha Barks
Actress Samantha Barks has escaped rumours that her and Les Misérables co-star Russell Crowe are an item , but according to British tabloids, the English rose has a new leading lad stealing the scene.

The 22-year-old is reportedly dating Welsh TV personality Matt Johnson, 30.

The Daily Mail reported that the pair has been attending public events together, and sending each other joking tweets and text messages. Samantha has even been spotted at the studio from which Matt broadcasts ITV's The Morning.

"They have been keen to keep things quiet but they are absolutely besotted with each other," The Sun reported from a source close to the actress.

Babe alert: Sam's new beau Image: Getty

This news puts to rest the rumours that Samantha, who plays unfortunate Eponine in the musical, is in a relationship with Les Mis co-star and friend Russell Crowe.

After being spotted having lunch together and working out, the two seemed pretty cosy come Oscars night, with Russ even mentioning how "amazing" Sam looked after rehearsals.

According to New Idea magazine, Russ and Sam stayed pretty close at the awards after-party too. "She was continually touching his sleeve, giggling and sitting in awe of his every word, and he was lapping up every moment," said an onlooker.

However, Russell tweeted on Monday that the mag’s rumour is “bull----“.

Dad-of-two Russell split with his wife of nine years Danielle Spencer late last year.

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