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James Norton is engaged! Happy Valley actor proposes to actress Imogen Poots


‘They’re over the moon!’ Happy Valley actor James Norton is engaged to actress Imogen Poots after four years of dating

  • The Grantchester star, 36, has proposed to his actress girlfriend Imogen Poots, 32, with the couple ‘over the moon’ as they prepare to wed 
  • The pair confirmed their romance in December 2017, after starring together in the West End production of Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse that summer 
  • The couple’s relationship began just a few months after James split from Irish singer and actress Jessie Buckley, 32 – who he dated for two years 


James Norton is engaged.

The Happy Valley actor, 36, has proposed to actress Imogen Poots, 32, after four years of dating, with the couple ‘over the moon’ as they prepare to wed.

The pair confirmed their romance in December 2017, after appearing alongside each other in the West End production of Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse that summer.   

Engaged! James Norton, 36, has proposed to actress Imogen Poots, 32, after four years of dating, with the couple 'over the moon' as they prepare to wed (Pictured in December)

Engaged! James Norton, 36, has proposed to actress Imogen Poots, 32, after four years of dating, with the couple ‘over the moon’ as they prepare to wed (Pictured in December)

An insider told MailOnline of their happy news: ‘They’re over the moon about their engagement and have only told close friends and family.

‘Imogen was totally surprised and is looking forward to being Mrs Norton.’   

The couple’s romance began in December 2017 a few months after James split from Irish singer and actress Jessie Buckley, 32 – who he was with for two years.  

James and Imogen initially had a long distance relationship (between New York and London), which she previously opened up on during an interview with The Evening Standard. 

Four years ago: The pair confirmed their romance in December 2017 (Pictured in 2018)

Four years ago: The pair confirmed their romance in December 2017 (Pictured in 2018)

Five years later: Imogen and James met when they starred alongside each other in Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse during the summer of 2017

Five years later: Imogen and James met when they starred alongside each other in Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse during the summer of 2017

She said: ‘It’s all I’ve ever known. I’ve never known something to fall apart because of distance.’

‘Sharing a bathroom, however, is quite another matter,’ she added.  

But in 2020, Imogen – who starred in The Father with Anthony Hopkins – moved into James’s London pad in Peckham, and the couple are often seen cycling around the district. 

However, they won’t be in the SE15 location for long, with a source telling MailOnline: ‘They’re looking for a marital home in upmarket locations in East London.’

The ex: The couple's romance began in December 2017 a few months after James split from Irish singer and actress Jessie Buckley, 32 (Pictured April 2017) who he was with for two years

The ex: The couple’s romance began in December 2017 a few months after James split from Irish singer and actress Jessie Buckley, 32 (Pictured April 2017) who he was with for two years

James has previously said his 2020 film, Nowhere Special, in which he played the dying father of a three-year-old boy, kicked off his ‘broody barometer’ and he was keen to become a dad. 

The hunky actor is famous for playing crime-solving vicar Sidney Chambers alongside Robson Green in the ITV series Grantchester since 2014. 

Imogen is best known for playing Tammy in the post-apocalyptic horror film 28 Weeks Later, and portraying Jesse Crichton in A Long Way Down. 

Cute: James and Imogen currently live together in Peckham but are looking for a marital home in upmarket locations in East London (Pictured together in New York City over Christmas)

Cute: James and Imogen currently live together in Peckham but are looking for a marital home in upmarket locations in East London (Pictured together in New York City over Christmas)

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