Rita Simons, 43, is said to be dating her Legally Blonde The Musical co-star Ben Harlow according to recent reports. In the production based on the smash hit 2001 movie starring Reese Witherspoon, Rita played salon owner Paulette Bonafonte while Ben starred as delivery driver love interest Kyle.

The pair had spent from September 2017 to June 2018 touring the show together, and now it is said that romance has sparked in real life.

In The Sun newspaper it was reported that Rita was seen with a packed bag heading for an overnight trip with Ben and her dog Harry.

It comes after a representative of Rita confirmed that she had split from husband Theo Silverston following 14 years together.

They said: “Rita and Theo have been separated for almost two years, and Theo moved out of the family home some time ago.  

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Rita became a household name playing Roxy Mitchell on EastEnders back in 2007 and is also the niece of Lord Alan Sugar.

Meanwhile her on screen sister Samantha Womack, who played Ronnie Mitchell, opened up on splitting from her husband this month.

Samantha described feeling sad that her marriage to “soulmate” Mark was over, however the couple are continuing to live together at their home in Bedfordshire.

The pair are parents to children Benjamin, 19, and Lili Rose, 15, while she is also stepmum to Mark’s son Michael, 25, from a previous relationship.

source: express.co.uk

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