Is Liam Neeson really 'Taken'? Star smitten with date for Iftas
Hollywood hunk Liam Neeson appears to be enjoying the company of his on/off girlfriend Freya St Johnston.
As our exclusive Herald picture reveals, the popular actor is again enjoying the company of the British publicist (41) who came as his date to the recent Irish Film and TV Awards (Iftas).
Although the pair arrived separately, she was sitting beside Neeson (63) at the glitzy awards ceremony, sharing the VIP table with President Michael D Higgins and movie director Neil Jordan.
The 'Taken' star seemed totally smitten with Freya, whom he was first linked with back in 2011.
Dressed in a chic black ensemble, Freya was all smiles as she and Neeson appeared very relaxed with each other as they enjoyed last Saturday night's ceremony.
The night saw Neeson receive the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award from President Higgins.
Host Deirdre O'Kane even made a joke about his lovely date for the evening, saying he clearly was "taken".
Just last month the strapping movie star set tongues wagging about his romantic life after quipping how he was dating "someone incredibly famous".
"I'd embarrass her if I said her name," he said. "I'll have to do my best for her. It's amazing how far a simple bunch of picked flowers will go in a lady's life, I find."
His statement got the world of showbiz wondering who the lucky lady was - but days later, Neeson claimed it was all a joke.
But his representative later confirmed that Liam is in a relationship with someone.
Neeson has two grown-up sons, Daniel and Micheal, with his late wife Natasha Richardson - daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister to Joely Richardson - who died suddenly after a tragic skiing accident back in 2009. She was 45.
The 'A Team' actor was first spotted with Freya in 2011, and both appear keen to keep their relationship away from the spotlight.
They dated for two years but the relationship fizzled out after reports that he wanted to spend more time in New York with his sons.
The couple were again linked back in 2013 after they were spotted enjoying dinner in London but the romance ended the following year.
He spoke at the time about the lack of action when it comes to his love life.
"I'm keeping myself to myself. I like it that way. I'm not hunting. I'm the opposite of a - what would a male cougar be? Is there such a thing? Whatever it is, I'm not that," he said.