Date night: Kate Winslet and Louis Dowler go public with their romance

Kate and Louis have been seen hand-in-hand in London - confirmation of their blossoming romance
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Kate Winslet has a new man in her life. The British actress has stepped out hand-in-hand with model Louis Dowler, a clear sign that she has found love again following her split from Sam Mendes.

Reports about the Oscar-winner's blossoming romance first emerged at the start of the month when Kate, 34, and Louis where seen exercising together in New York.

And as the couple enjoyed a night out together in London's West End, it was apparent that the relationship is going from strength to strength.

Dressed in a little black dress, and with her hair held in a ponytail, smiling Kate looked smitten with Louis, also 34, on their first public outing.

British model Louis, who has starred in high-profile campaigns for Burberry, Paco Rabanne and Paul Smith, and Kate are said to have become inseparable since being introduced by mutual friends at a party.

Their romance comes five months after the Revolutionary Road actress and her estranged husband, 45-year-old director Sam, announced they were separating after nearly seven years of marriage.

She was also married to Jim Threapleton from 1998 until 2001, with whom she had a daughter, Mia Honey, now nine. Kate and Sam are parents to six-year-old Joe.