Stephanie Waring is dating former EastEnders Michael Greco. A spokesperson for the actress revealed the news to the Daily Mail this week, saying: "I can confirm they are dating however it's very early days, and Steph's focus right now is her daughters and Hollyoaks."
It comes after Stephanie sparked speculation about a possible romance with Michael at the weekend, when she shared a photo on Instagram showing the couple enjoying a cosy group dinner with her Hollyoaks co-stars Kieron Richardson and Ross Adams, and Ross's fiancé Phil Crusham.
Stephanie Waring and Michael Greco sparked romance rumours when they enjoyed a cosy dinner date with her co-stars
Alongside the image, the 38-year-old wrote: "Amazing meal at San Carlo Hale with this lovely lot @mrkieronrichardson @rosshollyoaks @thegrecs @philcrusham."
The following night, she shared a second photo of her and Michael posing together with their arms wrapped around each other, writing: "This guy @thegrecs ..Great night at Symposium!"
Stephanie – who plays Cindy Cunningham in Hollyoaks - is a proud mother to two little girls, Mia Grace, born in 2005 and Lexi, born in 2010. She recently opened up about the difficulties of balancing her full time job with being a single mother.
The actress later shared a photo of her and Michael posing together
Alongside a picture of her daughters together, Stephanie told her Instagram followers: "See these two beautiful faces… They are my girls! I have been a mother for 10 years.
"Before this I had no idea what was to lie before me, the challenges I would have to face, the comprises I would have to make, to let go of my freedom of being a carefree 20 something actress that needed to be here there everywhere at the drop of a hat.. I was never a girl who cared much for responsibility so I didn't have any. But then the day came when I gave birth to my first, Mia.. I was then faced with the reality that my life had changed and it wasn't just about me anymore.
Stephanie recently opened up about the difficulties of being a full time actress and a single mum
"Being a single mother and holding down a full time job on a soap was and still is a challenge in itself and now I don't just have Mia I have my youngest Lexi as well. I do my best, I try my best but I'm not perfect, I feel like I get it wrong sometimes but there is no hand book, no right way of being a parent, there are no set of rules, there isn't one way of doing it, people will tell you you're doing it wrong that their way is best..
"No one can do it right all the time no one can have it all, if you are winning at work then you will be failing at home, if you are on top of everything at home then work isn't getting your full attention the two go hand in hand. It's a juggling act, a routine that sometimes doesn't go to plan, I have no nanny, no cleaner, no partner to help, I am on my own and it's bloody hard…"
She concluded her post: "Any single parent who is ever made to feel like they are failing should look at their child and if they are happy and loved then you are not a failure you are doing it right, your way! Never feel guilty! I look at my girls they are happy and loved and that is enough for me to know that I am doing it right, my way."