EastEnders star Sid Owen is dating a restaurant worker he first met 23 years ago.

Sid, who was last seen on the soap in 2O12 says he's the "happiest he's ever been" with Victoria more than two decades after their previous love affair .

He told The Sun : “We first dated 23 years ago, and have been dating for the last year.

"It’s the happiest I’ve ever been. I’m finally settling down.”

The former soap star also opened up about his drug-fuelled showbiz lifestyle - including having wild sex in a Tesco toilet.

Sid Owen is dating a restaurant worker he first met 23 years ago

He said he needed rehab to beat a £200-a-night cocaine habit, adding his job meant more to him than going out and "getting off his face".

And he insisted he had "no regrets" - "not even sex in Tesco".

He added the "only thing that keeps him sane" is fitness and "trying to be good to people".

Sid 's character wed fiery Bianca Jackson, played by Patsy Palmer, and off-screen he was previously engaged to dancer Carty Hubbard, 41, and TV host Polly Parsons, 37.

Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer as Ricky and Bianca in their EastEnders on-screen wedding day in 2007

In Sid’s new autobiography From Rags to Ricky he discusses his drug issues, including snorting as much as £200 of the drug a night in the 1990s.

In the book he writes: “It’s recreational then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘Hang on, I’ve got to get through pages of scripts, and then go to work’.

“You think you can do it and get away with it. I thought I could juggle the two, but I soon realised it was a silly idea.”

He claims he once drove to the BBC studios in the 1990s “coked up to my eyeballs and way over the drink-drive limit’’.

The soap star also opened up about his drug-fuelled showbiz lifestyle

He went on to say he sought professional help to beat his addiction, adding: “It worked. Drugs are a life experience that luckily I’ve put behind me.”

The star is now a fitness fanatic who swims and runs six times a week.

Other details shared in Sid’s book are set to include that he had smoked cigarettes since the age of four – and drank from the age of 12.

He also broke into a school at the age of 10, at which point he was arrested by police and given a police warning.

Other details shared in Sid’s book are set to include the fact he had sex in a Tesco store toilets with a girlfriend, and that he had smoked cigarettes since the age of four – and drank from the age of 12.

He also was arrested by police and given a warning after broking into a school at the age of 10.