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EastEnders legend Paul Nicholls reunites with lapdancer ex just weeks after she dumped him

FORMER Eastenders star Paul Nicholls was all smiles as he rekindled his romance with ex Hemma Kathrecha.

Paul, who played Albert Square’s Joe Wicks in the mid-90s, couldn't wipe the smile off his face as he embraced his girlfriend outside a cafe.

The EastEnders legend dated Hemma, 29, for eight months but she dumped him in late February.

But now it seems the pair are back on as they packed on the PDA on their morning coffee run.

Paul kept his look simple with a black waist length jacket over blue jeans and white trainers.

He kept his disposable face mask around his chin as he happily cosied up to his girlfriend.

Hemma opted for a chic long, grey coat over a khaki coloured tracksuit set and Converse All-Star trainers.

She wore her brunette locks in a straight long bob, just past her shoulders.

The newly rekindled couple laughed and chatted outside the coffee shop as Hemma leaned in to canoodle with Paul.

He then gave her a warm hug before they went their seperate way to run errands.

Their reunion comes just a couple of weeks after they split.

The Sun on Sunday told in late February how the pair got together behind the back of her then-fiancé Robert Selby, who had offered his actor pal Paul a place to stay.

The former soap star soon fell for Hemma — Robert's girlfriend of four years and mum to his son, two — and has since moved in with them.

Recovering heroin addict Robert met Paul at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting two years ago.

The 35-year-old last month confirmed that Paul, 41, was no longer staying with Hemma at her home in North London.

He said: “Hemma was sick of Paul acting out and being lazy. He’s pathetic and she’s well shot of him.”

Paul and Hemma were seen taking a post-Christmas walk in London in December, with her pushing her son in a buggy.

The star, who shot to fame as heart-throb Joe in EastEnders, looked to have lost none of his smouldering good looks as they strolled through Primrose Hill.

In the 1990s, Paul dated his EastEnders co-stars Martine McCutcheon and Danniella Westbrook.

The soap star also battled booze and drug problems.

He went on to appear in films including Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

In a 2008 interview to promote ITV show Harley Street, he admitted: “I was well on my way to a total breakdown. I was drinking a lot and taking drugs. I had lost control.”

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