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Kim Cattrall snuggles up to boyfriend Russell Thomas as they enjoy romantic trip to Kew Gardens

Kim Cattrall looked in good spirits as she enjoyed a visit to Kew Gardens in Richmond, London on Christmas Day.

The actress, 65, shared a snap of herself underneath the Christmas At Kew trail lights where she posed with her longtime boyfriend Russell Thomas.

The former Sex And The City star wrapped up warm in a black coat and patterned scarf which she paired with a navy beanie hat.

Festive: Kim Cattrall looked in good spirits as she enjoyed a visit to Kew Gardens with her boyfriend Russell Thomas in Richmond, London on Christmas Day

Snugging up with her beau, Kim smiled at the camera as she wished her followers well over the festive period.

Alongside the snap, she wrote: ‘Have a peaceful healthy Christmas Holidays. Don’t miss #ChristmasAtKew @kewgardens A real treat!’

Kim and Russell met in 2016 while he was working at the BBC. They kept in touch and he later visited her at her home in Vancouver, with the couple together ever since.

Of meeting him, she said: ‘Russell and I met at the BBC, he was working at the BBC and we liked each other. He followed me and I followed him on Twitter, he direct messaged me.

Relationship: Kim and Russell met in 2016 while he was working at the BBC. They kept in touch and he later visited her at her home in Vancouver, with the couple together ever since

Relationship: Kim and Russell met in 2016 while he was working at the BBC. They kept in touch and he later visited her at her home in Vancouver, with the couple together ever since

‘We kind of liked each other, we kept in touch and then he came out to Vancouver. 

‘It was very brave of him because we didn’t really know each other other than having a few meals together. But he came and we got along great, and we’ve been together ever since!’

It comes after the actress subtly reacted after her character Samantha Jones’ absence was explained in the premiere episode of the Sex and the City revival series And Just Like That. 

Kim liked several supportive tweets that her fans shared after the episode aired, revealing that Samantha was living in London after a falling-out with the ladies.

Explanation: It comes after Kim liked several supportive tweets that her fans shared after the first episode of And Just Like That... aired, revealing that Samantha was living in London after a falling-out with the ladies

Explanation: It comes after Kim liked several supportive tweets that her fans shared after the first episode of And Just Like That… aired, revealing that Samantha was living in London after a falling-out with the ladies

‘Kim Cattrall didn’t return to SATC because her scatting career is finally taking off,’ read one of the tweets, posted by user @alexjae1 who also added a red heart emoji.

In another tweet that Kim liked, news personality Jenny Dreasler wrote: ‘And just like that… I find myself only wanting to watch anything @kimcattrall is in. This is a Kim appreciation tweet.’ 

Jenny also added a GIF from Kim’s now-canceled Fox show Filthy Rich. 

The star also hit the like button on a tweet by user @Giannit that read: ‘And just like that…I want to rewatch the 2014 HBO Canada prestige Toronto-set dramedy Sensitive Skin starring Kim Cattrall.’ 

 

Fan support: 'Kim Cattrall didn't return to SATC because her scatting career is finally taking off,' read one of the tweets, posted by user @alexjae1 who also added a red heart emoji

Fan support: ‘Kim Cattrall didn’t return to SATC because her scatting career is finally taking off,’ read one of the tweets, posted by user @alexjae1 who also added a red heart emoji

The user later posted a screenshot of Kim’s like notification, writing, ‘Yasss tea and shade.’

Another tweet liked by Kim read: ‘@KimCattrall I am such a fan. With the #SATC reboot happening, they keep bringing you up. I applaud you for making choices that are right for you.

‘You are not required to do anything you don’t want to do or that won’t make you happy. Looking forward to you on #QAF happy holidays!’

Samantha’s departure was explained in the first few minutes of And Just Like That’s debut.

No time wasted: Samantha's departure was explained in the first few minutes of And Just Like That's debut

No time wasted: Samantha’s departure was explained in the first few minutes of And Just Like That’s debut

In the scene, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte York-Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) reunite over lunch for the first time since the pandemic.

The women run into socialite Bitsy Von Muffling (Julie Halston) who asks, ‘And where’s the fourth Musketeer? Where’s Samantha?’

‘Um, she’s no longer with us,’ Charlotte responds. When Bitsy appears to assume that Samantha died, Miranda quickly clarifies that Samantha moved to London for her public relations work.

In a later scene, Samantha’s departure was addressed in more detail as Carrie and Miranda strolled through New York City. Miranda remarked that it was like Samantha had died since the women never talk about her anymore.

Misunderstanding: The women run into socialite Bitsy Von Muffling (Julie Halston) who asks, 'And where's the fourth Musketeer? Where's Samantha?' 'Um, she's no longer with us,' Charlotte responds, leading Bitsy to assume that she is dead

Misunderstanding: The women run into socialite Bitsy Von Muffling (Julie Halston) who asks, ‘And where’s the fourth Musketeer? Where’s Samantha?’ ‘Um, she’s no longer with us,’ Charlotte responds, leading Bitsy to assume that she is dead

Clearing things up: Miranda quickly clarifies that Samantha moved to London for her public relations work.

Clearing things up: Miranda quickly clarifies that Samantha moved to London for her public relations work.

Carrie then revealed that the two had a falling-out after Carrie fired Samantha as her publicist.

At that point, Samantha stopped returning Carrie’s calls and also broke off contact with Charlotte and Miranda.

‘I thought I was more to her than an ATM,’ Carrie said, later adding ‘I always thought the four of us would be friends forever.’

DailyMail.com exclusively revealed that Samantha moved across the pond in the revival.

‘We couldn’t have Samantha roaming around New York City and not have the other women (Charlotte and Miranda) not interacting with her. It just wouldn’t have made sense,’ show sources told DailyMail.com.

Dispute: Carrie then revealed that the two had a falling-out after Carrie fired Samantha as her publicist. Kim seen in 1998

Dispute: Carrie then revealed that the two had a falling-out after Carrie fired Samantha as her publicist. Kim seen in 1998

‘Sending her to Los Angeles wasn’t an option as we’d done that in the first movie, so having her character based in London really was the perfect way to keep her alive and explain her absence.’

‘Viewers will learn that she is thriving in England even though she has fallen out with Carrie.’

The insider revealed that at the end of the season Carrie will make a grand gesture to get Samantha back.

‘Carrie is the one who has the tough time without Samantha and by the end of And Just Like That, you’ll see Carrie extend the olive branch and try and rekindle the friendship,’ they said.

Kim and Sarah Jessica Parker famously had a falling out and Cattrall refused to join the reboot with her castmates.

Ahead of the premiere: DailyMail.com previously revealed that Samantha has not been killed off, but instead has a falling out with Sarah Jessica Parker's character Carrie

Ahead of the premiere: DailyMail.com previously revealed that Samantha has not been killed off, but instead has a falling out with Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie 

DailyMail.com previously revealed that Samantha’s absence from the series is explained as having a falling out with Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw.

‘In the words of Oscar Wilde, life imitates art,’ they said.

The source added: ‘We have high hopes that by the time we begin filming the second season, Kim will have joined the show and Samantha Jones can make a triumphant return to the Big Apple.’

‘We want Kim back. She was missed on set. We all understand why she feels the way she does. We get it. We just want her to come back for future seasons.’

The source said the reboot has been a ‘special project to film’ and predict it ‘can go on for many many years and we’d love for Kim to be a part of it.’

‘Samantha Jones is one of television’s all time much loved characters and Kim is a phenomenal actress who brings her to life perfectly. She needs to come home, if not for us, but for the fans that adore her.’

The insiders said the writers have left the plot open for Kim’s return.

‘We’ll announce eventually that the show will have a second season. This isn’t a one off, this will be a series,’ they said.

‘It will be quite a while between the first and second series as Sarah Jessica Parker has a busy schedule and we have a lot of work to do to get Kim Cattrall back.’

Reunion? Insiders also revealed that by the end of the season Carrie will be extending an olive branch to Samantha to try to rekindle the friendship

Reunion? Insiders also revealed that by the end of the season Carrie will be extending an olive branch to Samantha to try to rekindle the friendship 

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