Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh step out in Manchester on romantic date ahead of first Valentine’s Day together

Former Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas was all smiles as he stepped out on a romantic date with his girlfriend Mecklenburgh ahead of their first Valentine’s Day together.

The Manchester soap star was arm-in-arm with brunette beauty Lucy as the couple left former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant Rosso.

And the handsome pair, who met last summer on the survival show Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls,turned heads in their co-ordinating sports luxe outfits.

Former TOWIE star Lucy wore ripped jeans, trainers, a leather biker jacket and a white Tommy Hilfiger sweatshirt with bold lettering for their date. And her man wore distressed jeans with a NASA bomber jacket and Converse cap.

Ryan and Lucy stepped out on a date ahead of Valentine’s Day
(Image: Stephen Farrell)

The couple looked in the mood to celebrate as Ryan, 33, prepared to make his debut in the iconin c Australian show Neighbours, winning over a legion of new fans in the UK and Australia.

Ryan, who played Jason Grimshaw in Corrie, made a big impression as creepy stranger Rafael Humphrey, an English tourist with a score to settle who was seen lurking around Toadie’s 90s themed birthday party on the Channel Five show.

One eerie scene saw Rafael standing over Erinsborough legend Paul Robinson, played by Stefan Dennis, as he slept.

Ryan walked arm-in-arm with Lucy
(Image: Stephen Farrell)

Australian fan Victoria tweeted: “Not creepy at all Rafael.”

And Kraina from Victoria, Australia wrote: “RAFAEL STANDING OVER PAUL AS HE IS SLEEPING IS JUST… I DON’T KNOW!!!!”

Ryan played Jason in Corrie for 16 years, and can’t see himself returning to the famous cobbles anytime soon.

His character Jason left for Thailand in 2016 after being manipulated by his mother’s partner Pat Phelan, says he has ‘no plans’ to revisit the role.

He told us previously: “At the moment, if I look backwards and go back to Coronation Street I’m not concentrating on the journey in front of me.

Ryan makes his Neighbours debut

“That’s what I left for – new experiences. Never say never but it’s not what I’m thinking about right now.”
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