Les Miserables star Samantha Barks has been secretly dating a British Tv host, it has emerged following false reports linking her to Russell Crowe.

The singer/actress was rumoured to be seeing the Gladiator hunk after they were photographed working out together, but Barks is actually in a relationship with daytime presenter Matt Johnson.

According to Britain's The Sun, Barks has yet to go public with her romance but she has been with the 30 year old for "several months" and even attended the Elle Style Awards in London with him last month (Feb13).

A source tells the publication, "They have been keen to keep things quiet but they are absolutely besotted with each other."

Crowe took to Twitter.com on Monday (04Mar13) to dismiss speculation about his relationship with Les Miserables co-star Barks, writing, "Apparently we are an item according to Aussie magazines... Sorry about that Sammi."