Aisling Bea is reportedly dating a leading Hollywood man 2 years ago

Aisling Bea is reportedly dating a leading Hollywood man

One of the best acting and comedic talents to come from these shores is now thought to be dating someone rather famous.

Aisling Bea is dating Welsh actor Michael Sheen, according to reports.

The pair have friends in common and have been seeing one another for a few months, a source told The Sun.

"They met through mutual friends and Michael is pretty smitten, telling people he is off the market," the source said.

Aisling and Michael attended the Olivier Awards separately on Sunday night in London but later met up at the official afterparty at the British Museum, they added.

"They stayed close all evening and Michael leaped to her defence when a reveller smashed a glass near her, making sure she was OK."

Michael and his previous partner, American comedian Sarah Silverman, split at the end of 2017 after over three years together.

He has had a number of other high-profile relationships in the past - he dated Rachel McAdams between 2010 and 2013 and English ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from 2004 and 2010.

He was also in a long-term relationship with Kate Beckinsale from 1995 to 2003. They have one daughter, Lily-Mo, who was born in 1999.

Aisling, from Kildare, is best known for appearing on TV shows including  8 Out of 10 Cats, Never Mind the BuzzcocksWould I Lie to You?QI and A League of Their Own.