Gemma Oaten seen doing panto with new man Stuart Earp after split from boyfriend of 12 months

The former Emmerdale star, 33, and her new fella are currently starring in The Wizard of Oz where Gemma plays Glinda, and Stuart, 30, in the role of the Scarecrow.

The pair held hands as they took a bow together, as friends reveal they’re happy that Gemma has moved on from ex Scott Walker after 12 months of dating.

A source told The Mirror: “It's very early days but she is very happy. They have been on a couple of dates. All her friends are delighted that she is no longer with Scott. They never took to him. Stuart is very charming and they are getting on like a house on fire.”

Gemma – who previously dated Nick Knowles – had been living with boyfriend Scott.

Last year she posed for a magazine spread about their relationship.

She said of their relationship: "The difference with Scott from anybody I’ve been with in the past is that he loves me for me and sticks by his word."

Before meeting Scott, Gemma vowed to find love again after being cruelly dumped by Nick Knowles by text.

Gemma and Nick's relationship came out in the open when pictures of them cuddling up together outside a restaurant surfaced.

Nick had wooed Gemma after the pair met at the TV Choice Awards in September – and then later took her out to dinner.

The 54-year-old TV presenter whisked her for a romantic getaway in Edinburgh, but when photos of them emerged Nick distanced himself.

Nick ended up returning to his estranged wife Jessica Knowles, 28, as she battled cervical cancer, but they later split once again.

Gemma played Emmerdale’s Rachel Breckle from 2011 until 2015, during which her character was best known for her relationship with Sam.

But she swapped Emmerdale for Bristol's famous telly hospital Holby City after wowing fans with her debut last year.

Viewers called for her character Sydney Somers to return – and The Sun Online revealed it is happening.

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