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Love/Hate's Ruth officially steps out with boyfriend Dom

LOVE/HATE star Ruth Negga and her Hollywood actor boyfriend Dominic Cooper have stepped out in public for the first time as a couple.

They've been keeping fans guessing on their relationship status and have been reluctant to be seen together.

However the smitten pair seem to have had a change of heart and had no problems being pictured together on holidays.

The pair were spotted earlier this week enjoying a kiss on the beach of Italy's Ischia island.

And on Thursday Ethiopian-born Ruth looked happier than ever, hitting the tiles with the Mamma Mia actor.

The couple joined the likes of celebrity pals Kelly Brook, inset, and Monica Bellucci at a star-studded gala for the Ischia Global Fest and 30-year-old Ruth appeared calm and relaxed, dressed down in a simple sheer top and striped skirt.

These pictures will no doubt put to rest any rumours of a reunion between Dominic (34) and on/off girlfriend, Mama Mia co-star Amanda Seyfried.

Dominic and Amanda began dating in 2008, but split in 2010 when British star Dominic allegedly began a romance with the Trinity College graduate.

Things have been extremely busy for the rising starlet lately. Ruth is known to many film and TV fans for her roles in Love/Hate, Breakfast On Pluto, and her critically acclaimed performance in Shirley Bassey -- A Very British Diva.

She splits her time between Dublin and London and has joined heart-throb Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt to feature in an adaption of Solomon Northup's 1853 autobiography Twelve Years A Slave.

While she was not cast in the upcoming third season of RTE gangland drama Love/Hate, viewers can watch the IFTA award winner next appear in the TV series Coup, a thriller centred on the relationship between big business and politics. She teamed up with acting legend Gabriel Byrne for the project.

Thanks to her critically acclaimed performance as Charlie in the 2005 hit film, which earned the coveted prize of 2006's Irish Shooting Star at Berlin's International Film Festival, petite Ruth's career has been going from strength to strength.

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