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Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner and partner Hugh Dennis enjoy stroll in London

Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis enjoyed a low-key stroll in Hampstead Heath, London, on Thursday. 

The pair starred in the BBC family comedy as harassed parents Pete and Sue Brockman and started dating after wrapping up the series in 2017. 

Claire, 55, who previously called their romance a ‘lovely little life surprise’, cut a casual figure in an oversized red hoodie with denim skinny jeans.

Co-stars to couple: Outnumbered’s Claire Skinner and Hugh Dennis enjoyed a low-key stroll in Hampstead Heath, London, on Thursday 

The actress went makeup-free for the stroll and finished her low-key look with black trainers and a rucksack.

Hugh, 58, opted for a similar casual look of dark jeans with a grey sweatshirt, rucksack and green trainers.

The co-stars turned couple appeared deep in conversation as they enjoyed an autumnal stroll in the British capital.

In 2019, Claire broke her silence on her relationship with Outnumbered co-star Hugh, calling their romance a ‘lovely little life surprise’.

Smitten: The pair starred in the BBC family comedy as harassed parents Pete and Sue Brockman and started dating after wrapping up the series in 2017

Smitten: The pair starred in the BBC family comedy as harassed parents Pete and Sue Brockman and started dating after wrapping up the series in 2017 

The pair starred in the BBC family comedy as harassed parents Pete and Sue Brockman, who are outnumbered by their three energetic children; Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Ben (Daniel Roche) and Karen (Ramona Marquez). 

The series ran from 2007 to 2014 and was followed by a Christmas special in 2016, with the couple’s real-life romance coming to light once filming had wrapped. 

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine in September, Claire said of their romance: ‘We are (together). It’s a lovely little life surprise, isn’t it? It’s a lovely thing.’

Lovely surprise: In 2019, Claire broke her silence on her relationship with Outnumbered co-star Hugh, calling their romance a 'lovely little life surprise' (pictured in Outnumbered show still)

Lovely surprise: In 2019, Claire broke her silence on her relationship with Outnumbered co-star Hugh, calling their romance a ‘lovely little life surprise’ (pictured in Outnumbered show still) 

The couple did not start dating until after Outnumbered had finished filming, with Hugh recalling the beginnings of their relationship on an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live earlier in 2019.      

He said at the time: ‘That happened I suppose about a year and a half ago. We did an Outnumbered Christmas special about three years ago and then met up again about a year and a half ago.’

Hugh and Claire starred alongside Tyger Drew-Honey, 24, Ramona Marquez, 19, and Daniel Roche, 21, who played their children on the series. 

Speaking about portraying the family, Claire said: ‘Hugh and I had to sort of, a lot of the time take a backseat and let them go and when they had gone home we’d do the more nuts and bolts stuff.’

Sweet: The pair starred in the BBC family comedy as harassed parents Pete and Sue Brockman, who are outnumbered by their three energetic children; Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Ben (Daniel Roche) and Karen (Ramona Marquez) (pictured in 2012)

Sweet: The pair starred in the BBC family comedy as harassed parents Pete and Sue Brockman, who are outnumbered by their three energetic children; Jake (Tyger Drew-Honey), Ben (Daniel Roche) and Karen (Ramona Marquez) (pictured in 2012) 

The Mail on Sunday previously reported that Hugh and Claire live together in the £1.2million London penthouse flat Hugh bought following his split from his second wife, Kate Abbot-Anderson, in 2015.

Life Is Sweet actress Claire is said to have split from her TV director husband Charles Palmer in 2016 after marrying in 2001.

Now divorced, they have two sons – William, 21, and Henry, 18. Mock The Week panellist Hugh has two children with ex-wife Kate – Freddie, 23, and Meg, 21.

The actor confirmed his romance with Claire to the Mail in 2018, saying: ‘I am very, very happy, we are so very happy. It’s nice and yes, it’s so lovely.’ 

All grown up! Hugh and Claire starred alongside Tyger Drew-Honey, 24, Ramona Marquez, 19, and Daniel Roche, 21, who played their children on the series (the child stars pictured recently during a reunion)

All grown up! Hugh and Claire starred alongside Tyger Drew-Honey, 24, Ramona Marquez, 19, and Daniel Roche, 21, who played their children on the series (the child stars pictured recently during a reunion) 

It is understood their family, close friends and a select few colleagues had been aware of their relationship, though they had chosen not to ‘go public’ with it.

A friend added: ‘It’s the most wonderful love story, they found one another at the right time in their lives and it’s all rather sweet.

‘Over the past few weeks there has been some talk within the acting world of them being an item.’  

It is believed the couple have been open with their respective exes and their children about their relationship, which will come as a shock to loyal fans of the show.

Despite the pair being seen out in public together several times, it was presumed that they were just good friends.  

The award-winning Outnumbered was watched by 9.4 million viewers at its peak and ran for five series between 2007 and 2014, with a one-off Christmas special in 2016. 

Popular: The award-winning Outnumbered was watched by 9.4 million viewers at its peak and ran for five series between 2007 and 2014, with a one-off Christmas special in 2016 (pictured in throwback show still)

Popular: The award-winning Outnumbered was watched by 9.4 million viewers at its peak and ran for five series between 2007 and 2014, with a one-off Christmas special in 2016 (pictured in throwback show still) 

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