Alex Scott is dating Coronation Street star Sam Robertson, according to reports.
The former England and Arsenal footballer, 35, was spotted enjoying a cozy dinner with the soap star, 34, in London on Friday.
Alex and Sam – who plays Ken Barlow’s grandson Adam on the ITV soap opera – met for a meal at Dean Street Townhouse in Soho and were seen chatting affectionately before leaving together, reports The Sun.
Dinner date: Alex Scott is dating Coronation Street star Sam Robertson, reports show
Onlookers said they appeared to be having a “brilliant time” and openly “flirting”, the publication reports.
It comes as Alex was hotly tipped to replace Sue Barker on the quiz show A Matter of Sports.
A source said of their date: “They both looked totally relaxed being together, even though they’re both very famous now.
New romance? Alex and Sam – who plays Ken Barlow’s grandson Adam on the ITV soap opera – enjoyed a meal in Soho and were seen chatting affectionately, according to The Sun
“Strictly made Alex a household name, so she’s instantly recognizable, and Sam’s a big name on Corrie, so they probably knew they’d be spotted together, but that didn’t seem to bother at all.”
“They laughed and flirted with each other and had a great time before leaving looking very comfortable. They are clearly both happy.
Sam first appeared in Corrie in 2004 for a four-year stint as Adam, then returned to the role in 2016, becoming a favorite due to her good looks.
Bad boy: Sam first appeared to Corrie in 2004 for a four-year stint as Adam, then returned to the role in 2016, becoming a favorite due to his good looks
Representatives of Alex and Sam have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.
Ex-footballer Alex revealed in an interview with Hello! Magazine in November 2019 that she was single and “very happy”.
It comes as Alex has been targeted by “terrible trolls” on social media after being suspected of being in the running to replace Sue Barker on A Question Of Sport.
She was rumored to have gotten the gig on Wednesday after Sue, 64, was sacked from her host post after 24 years.
End of an era: Sue Barker, 64, has been banned from A Question of Sport, alongside team captains Matt Dawson (left) and Phil Tufnell (right) and Alex has been tipped to replace her
Now Alex, who is of Irish and Jamaican descent, has received thousands of racist comments online.
Much of the abuse suggests Alex is only in pole position for the job due to the color of his skin.
One of them said to her, “Wow, I see you got the job that Sue Barker did so well for so many years. This is obviously because of your presentation skills. Nothing else. Nothing PC. Nothing about having token blacks on the BBC. You must be very proud. ‘
Family: Alex, pictured with mother Carol in March 2019, is of Irish and Jamaican descent and has recently been the victim of racist abuse by trolls
Another wrote: “She will fail… black and charmless.” “
A source called the comments “disgusting” as reports suggest the star was contacted by troll-hunting firm Defuse Global after being bombarded with messages.
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Alex and the BBC for comment.
While her A Question of Sport concert has yet to be confirmed, the East London native revealed it to Hello! that she chooses to focus on the majority of the positive comments she receives for her expertise on the BBC and Sky since she retired from the sport.
Speaking about his career transition, Scott said: “At first I thought no one liked me on TV because there was a lot of negativity online, but now I’m in a place where these types of comments don’t apply. only 10 to 20% and I have a whole audience that loves me and is behind me.
“I don’t want to let that small percentage stop me or put me down when I’ve worked so hard to be where I am.
Scott said she used to go to recording studios after training to gain experience and had a degree in sports writing and broadcasting, adding: “I prepare a lot. for every show and I love what I do. “
Insisting that it is “OK to be more than one thing”, she said: “I can put on a dress but also the next day put on my football boots, and that should be celebrated.
“I’m so proud of my career but, as Strictly has shown, there can be so many parts to a person, and I’m no different. I love fashion and music and I love going to my mom’s in east London for a roast dinner.
Alex previously played for England and Arsenal before becoming a successful TV presenter.
Career: Alex previously played for England and Arsenal before becoming a successful TV presenter (pictured in 2017)