Who is Tom Hiddleston’s fiancée, Zawe Ashton?

You know him and love to hate him, on screen, of course: Loki star Tom Hiddleston is back in action. Following his retaliation against the unhinged demigod on Disney+, the British actor embraces another mythical storyline in new Apple TV+ period drama The Essex Serpent. Behind the scenes, the Marvel actor’s love life is also heating up after his recent engagement to his fiancée and The Handmaid’s Tale actress Zawe Ashton.

We can only assume she supports her final role as William Ransome, a married vicar who strikes up an unlikely friendship with the town’s newest arrival. In fact, Zawe herself will be joining Netflix’s upcoming drama Regency Mr. Malcolm’s List. Moreover, she is also set to star as a supervillain in Captain Marvel 2 – talk about couple goals.

The pair had a palpable compatibility from the start: Tom reportedly met Zawe in 2019 while performing in the London play Treason in which they depicted a tense couple (oh, the irony). A source recently said People that the duo still had “nice” chemistry together while working on the piece.

Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton in December 2021 in London.

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“Tom has always been a very, very reserved person,” the source told the magazine. “Behind the scenes they would just be affectionate in private and hug and sit next to each other and hold hands.” Shortly after Tom’s Broadway debut, the two sparked dating rumors when they were spotted together at the US Open in September 2019.

“Tom really fell in love with Zawe,” a source says The sun. “They now spend most weekends together and take long walks with her dog. He thinks it could be the love of his life – he’s ready to settle down.

Less than a year later, the newspaper reported that they had moved in with each other in their mid-40s in July 2020. “Tom and Zawe have remained quiet about their relationship but she has spent the last few weeks with him in the United States,” a source told the outlet. “They are very well adjusted and enjoy the quieter side of life away from the glitz and glamor of the showbiz world. Their lives are usually very busy, so spending time together away from work is something they both embrace.”

tom hiddleston and zawe ashton at the ee british academy film awards in march 2022

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Tom and Zawe recently walked the red carpet together (that’s right, hand-in-hand) at the 2022 BAFTAs. Although her voluminous pink dress draped over her hands, a certain accessory on that the finger made eagle-eyed fans squint. A few days later, the television presenter AJ Odudu posted a selfie with the duo on Instagram which revealed a large oval-shaped diamond ring on Zawe’s hand. (Swipe to second photo!) Although the couple has yet to comment publicly on their relationship, People confirmed their engagement in March.

The wedding bells may ring for the foreseeable future, but we can expect the duo to keep their relationship low-key — and for good reason. Tom has previously shared how his history of public dating has taught him to protect his privacy. “Everyone has a right to privacy,” he said. The Telegraph in 2017. “I love what I do and dedicate myself with an absolute commitment to making great art and great entertainment, and in my mind I don’t put the two in conflict.”

the avengers The actor reaffirmed those thoughts two years later when he and Zawe starred opposite each other on Broadway. “I protect my inner world now in a probably different way,” Tom said. The New York Times in 2019. “If you go through life without connecting to people, how could you call that a life? Because you have to fight for love. You can’t live in fear of what people might say.

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