Emmerdale star Natalie J Robb, who plays Moira Barton on the ITV soap, has confirmed that she is in a relationship with co-star Jonny McPherson, who plays Liam Cavanagh. 

Robb shared the news during an interview on ITV's Loose Women on Wednesday, revealing that she and McPherson have been living together since the UK's lockdown began in March. 

"Jonny McPherson and I started to see each other," she told the panel. "Our first date was in mid-January and then we were just having a couple of dates in February and then obviously in March lockdown happened.

Jonny McPherson

"We were together at the time that Boris Johnson announced it, so we were like, 'Oh...'. So he's been kind of staying with me and then they were saying, 'Yes, it could be three weeks. Yes, it might be six weeks'. And I was like, 'Oh! Okay!"

Robb said the relationship "just kind of evolved".

"We did a charity [event] where you go out with children who have cancer and things, where you take them to Lapland," she recounted. "And we were on that and it's a daytrip so you're there and back in a day. And from then on we just sort of got to know each other better.

"I mean, I'd worked with him and things, but we [I] got to know him better. And yeah, it just went on from there - a few text messages and things like that and we went out for a meal. The rest is history!"

When asked how the relationship had fared during lockdown, Robb replied: "Well, we had a few wobbles, I'm not going to lie. But the making up was fantastic!"  

Natalie J Robb enjoys her mic drop moment

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