Coronation Street's Alan Halsall and girlfriend Tisha Merry look loved up as they hold hands on dinner date in Manchester

CORONATION Street's Alan Halsall and girlfriend Tish Merry put on a loved-up display on a date in Manchester on Saturday.

The stars, who embarked on a relationship earlier this year, couldn't stop smiling when they left Foodwell Restaurant in the North West city.

They had been dating in secret but now proudly showed off their public display of affection with Alan, 36, looking trim and the couple wearing matching skinny jeans.

And the soap stars were in high spirits, laughing and chatting after their meal with Tish holding a trusty umbrella just in case it rained.

Alan went public with his new missus at at co-star Sam Aston's wedding.

Tisha, who quit Corrie last year, shared a photo of couple all dolled up on Instagram in the grounds of Stock Farm in Cheshire.

Tisha stunned in a strapless frock that showed off her toned figure as Alan, who split from ex-wife Lucy-Jo Hudson last May, looked dapper beside her.

Turning towards her, Alan couldn't disguise his happiness and later logged into Instagram to tease her beneath her post.

The actress captioned their loved-up snap with a simple heart and her boyfriend replied: "You're not a bad +1 I suppose" alongside the heart eyes emoji.

Their romance blossomed earlier this year and they fuelled rumours they were dating when they were spotted arriving at a restaurant in Alan's brand new 175k Mercedes GTc – however they always denied they were dating.

As they made their way into Karam Lebanese Restaurant in Hale Village, Cheshire, Alan showed he was the perfect gent as he protected Tisha from the rain.

The pair have set tongues wagging over the past few months after spending lots of time together.

In February they watched the Salford Red Devils at AJ Bell Stadium and even posed up for pictures together.

They also enjoyed some early morning badminton sessions last month.

Alan took to social media to share his win at the time, with a video showing Tisha laying on the floor of the court dressed in gym wear and surrounded by rackets and shuttlecocks.

"8-0 in games…. to…. Me," he captioned the video.

Tisha continued the playful sports banter, as she filmed Alan resting between games and began poking fun at him for losing.

Tisha played Steph Britton for five years on the long-running ITV drama but left the Cobbles in 2018 after Pat Phelan killed her brother Luke.

Alan – who is best known for playing Tyrone Dobbs in the longstanding ITV soap split from his ex-wife Lucy-Jo Hudson in May last year after nine years of marriage.

The former couple have daughter Sienna-Rae together.

Previously, The Sun Online exclusively revealed she has moved on with Lewis Devine.

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