Sammy Winward has split from her Emmerdale co-star James Sutton.

The 24-year-old beauty and the 27-year-old actor secretly began dating after their characters Katie Sugden and Ryan Lamb began an on-screen romance in the ITV1 show last year.

But just months after Katie and Ryan’s relationship ended in the Dales, the couple have split, according to The Sun, although they apparently intend to remain friends.

A spokeswoman for Emmerdale said: “We are unable to comment on personal matters relating to cast members.”

But an insider told The Sun: “Sammy and James seemed perfect for each other. Everyone thought they would go the distance and some people still think they could get back together.

“They are a strikingly gorgeous couple and the chemistry you saw on screen was there in real life, too.

“It’s a shame they’ve split up, but they’re both being very professional.

“James has a very big storyline coming up and is focusing on that.”

Sammy has a five-year-old daughter Mia from a previous relationship with footballer David Dunn.

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