ACTOR Tom Hiddleston has fallen for British co-star Zawe Ashton — his first high-profile romance since splitting from Taylor Swift.
The Night Manager star, 38, has been quietly dating the Fresh Meat actress, 35, since February.
The Fresh Meat stars spent nearly two hours in ‘The 18th Room’ – an undercover bar[/caption]
Tom, 39, and Zawe, 35, who appears to be yawning, have taken their West End play Betrayal across the pond[/caption]
The tennis fans were pictured sitting together at the US Open this week and popping to a New York bar after their play transferred from the West End to Broadway.
A source told The Sun: “Tom really has fallen for Zawe in a big way.
“They’ve actually been together for more than six months. But he is so paranoid about his private life since his relationship with Taylor that he has gone to great lengths to keep this under wraps.
“Tom and Zawe spent Easter together renovating his house in England.
Hackney-born Zawe Ashton could be The One for Tom, sources say, as the Loki actor is ‘ready to settle down’[/caption]
Tom has reportedly kept the six-month relationship under wraps as he is ‘paranoid about his private life’ since his high-profile romance with Taylor Swift in 2016[/caption]
“They now spend most weekends together and going for long walks with his dog. He thinks this could be the love of his life — he’s ready to settle down.”
Eton-educated Tom won a Golden Globe for the 2016 BBC series, and has played Loki in six Marvel movies and been linked to the James Bond role.
In contrast Zawe was born in Hackney, East London, and appeared in Casualty, Holby City and The Bill.
Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton in Johanna Konta’s box at the US Open Tennis Championships on September 1, 2019[/caption]
Eton-educated Tom is a tennis fan and is said to be spending most weekends with Zawe[/caption]
Charlie Cox, Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, Jamie Lloyd and Eddie Arnold at the Broadway opening night of Betrayal[/caption]
She and Tom met when cast in Harold Pinter play Betrayal, which received rave reviews in its London run from March to June.
The pair play a couple torn apart by the wife’s affair with the husband’s best friend.
Zawe has described in interviews how she, Tom and co-star Charlie Cox were having the “time of their lives” in the play.
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The Sun revealed Tom and US singer Taylor, 29, were an item in June 2016 after they were seen snogging on a Rhode Island beach.
A month later, he was mocked for wearing an “I love TS” T-shirt he said he jokingly borrowed from one of her friends. He and Taylor split two months later.
On Friday night a source close to Tom and Zawe insisted they were just “close friends”. Representatives for the pair declined to comment.
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