Emmerdale star Jonny McPherson speaks about relationship with co-star Natalie J. Robb for the first time

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After dating Emmerdale co-star Natalie J. Robb for eight months, Jonny McPherson has opened up about their relationship.

The actor, whose relationship was confirmed by other half Natalie in July, revealed how deciding to move in together during lockdown, fast forwarded their relationship.

Speaking to the Mirror, the 38 year old said: "We had to make a decision as lots of couples did.

"We decided to move in together and so, yes, lockdown did fast forward our relationship," he admitted.

When asked about what drew the pair to one another, Jonny said: "We get on so well. We come from quite different backgrounds but we are essentially the same person.

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"We are both a pair of big kids. We have exactly the same stupid humour."

The soap star said choosing to move in together during lockdown, after only three months of dating, could have been a make or break situation.

"There is nowhere to hide during lockdown. It's a real test of whether you do get on with a person and thankfully we got through with flying colours."

The pair, who play Liam Cavanagh and Moira Dingle on the soap, formed a romantic connection when they went on a charity trip to Lapland with the Emmerdale cast.

"We hadn't spent any proper time together until that Lapland trip and we got on like a house on fire," he explained.

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The television star, who was first reported to be dating Natalie in June, went on to share how much he has learnt from his other half in the time they've been together.

"We are just shy of a year and it's still early days but we are having a lovely time. I have learnt so much from Natalie. She has been working on TV since she was knee high.

"We both love work so much, we spend whole evenings discussing scripts and learning lines," the besotted boyfriend admitted.

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Natalie, 45, confirmed the relationship in July while appearing on Loose Women and made a cheeky sexy joke after being asked how the relationship was going during lockdown.

"We've had a few wobbles, I'm not going to lie… But the making up was fantastic," she said jokingly.

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