He certainly got her heart racing! Corrie's Catherine Tyldesley falls for toyboy personal trainer Sam Witter
14:55 GMT, 18 November 2012
Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley has fallen wildly in love with her toyboy personal trainer – even starting a business with him and landing him a extra role on the hit soap.
The Corrie star, 29, was seen with Sam Witter, near her apartment in Manchester, holding hands and grinning.
And the actress, who plays Eva Price in the soap, has even introduced her lover, 22, to fellow cast members and telling them how happy they are together.
In love: Catherine Tydlesley with Sam Witter at the RTS North West Awards, the pair met six months ago
The pair met when Catherine hired Sam six months ago to help her tone up after having problems shedding the pounds.
They then started their own company together, Dream Partners Limited, and plan to bring out a DVD and exercise book next year.
Next they even set up a joint Twitter account.
New man: Catherine Tyldesley has fallen for her personal trainer Sam Witter – at 22 he is seven years her junior
Shaping up nicely: Catherine met her new man six months ago and has already started up a business with him
A friend told the Sunday Mirror: 'They are very much boyfriend and girlfriend. They've been together for a while and everything is going brilliantly.'
Although it was lust at first sight, the pal revealed it took catherine a while to trust her new man as she had some bad past experiences.
Despite not wanting to risk their friendship, Catherine and Sam felt a mutual attraction so decided to give their romance a go.
Heartthrob: The fitness guru has trained many celebrities back to health, including Helen Flanagan
Her soap family: Catherine with co-stars Michelle Collins and John Michie
In a recent interview Catherine gushed: 'When he [Sam] takes his top off, I'm like, “Oh my God!”'.
Catherine also arranged for Sam to appear on Corrie as an extra, as a football fan at a match, he appeared last Monday.
The friend added this was a sure sign Catherine was serious about her new man and would do anything for their future.