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Although he describes himself as a ‘bespectacled nerd who is rubbish with girls’, Stephen Merchant’s modest charms are clearly enough to capture the heart of this Hollywood beauty.
As millions of TV viewers were gripped by his portrayal of serial killer Stephen Port in the BBC1 drama Four Lives last week, the lofty actor and comedian enjoyed a romantic stroll in London with girlfriend Mircea Monroe.
The American model and actress is not only a beauty, but brainy, too, having completed a postgraduate course last year at Cambridge University following her degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US.
The lofty actor and comedian Stephen Merchant enjoyed a romantic stroll in London with girlfriend Mircea Monroe
St Louis-born Ms Monroe began dating the comedian, who is reportedly worth £35million, after he shot to fame for creating hit TV comedy series The Office with Ricky Gervais
Dressed warmly against the winter chill, the black-clad couple walked hand in hand after a trip to the shops.
But despite their low-key clothing, they couldn’t help but stand out from the crowd, for Merchant, at 6ft 7in, is more than a foot taller than 39-year-old Ms Monroe, even in her beanie hat – which bore the logo of independent music shop Longwell Records in Bristol, her boyfriend’s home city.
St Louis-born Ms Monroe began dating the comedian, who is reportedly worth £35million, after he shot to fame for creating hit TV comedy series The Office with Ricky Gervais.
Stephen Merchant as Stephen Port, the Grindr Killer, in the BBC drama Four Lives. The actor, 47, portrays the serial killer who drugged and raped four men before dumping their bodies near his home in Barking, east London
The couple met in 2017 in Los Angeles, where they now live in chat-show host Ellen DeGeneres’s old home in Nichols Canyon, a celebrity enclave in the Hollywood Hills.
Ms Monroe regularly promotes her 47-year-old boyfriend’s work on social media.
Speaking of their relationship in 2019, Merchant said: ‘Aside from the fact that she’s great… there’s something very pleasing about not having the endless concern about filling that part of your life.
‘That’s a very lonely life, the life of a single person.’