Benidorm star Tim Healy has a new love after splitting from Loose Women’s Denise Welch

It’s been reported today that Benidorm star Tim Healy has found a new love in the form of Joan Anderton, who he met at his local pub.

Tim of course split from Loose Women star Denise Welch when it was revealed she’d been having an affair with Lincoln Townley.

A source close to Tim told the Sun, “Tim has been spending a lot of time in the pub so it’s not surprising it’s where he met his girlfriend.

“They met a few months ago. She’s a down-to-earth mum who’s done various jobs, from cleaning to working in a cafe.

“They seem really happy. Tim never craved the partying lifestyle Denise enjoys. Joan has a grown-up son who lives with her, but she’s been single for a long time…

“Denise and Tim still live together but we won’t be surprised if things change. Joan lives in a small semi a couple of miles away from him. His car is sometimes parked outside.”

It was while making her first appearance on Loose Women following her stint in the Big Brother house that Denise tearfully confessed that her marriage to Tim – who plays cross dressing barman Les in Benidorm – was over.

The source added, “She [Joan] was on pints of Guinness — she’s not your cocktail type. Tim was on pints of lager.

“They both smoke. They are very public about their relationship now and it is clear how at ease they are and how much they care for each other.”

However, Tim, who had a health scare last year, has been warned by doctors to stop smoking and drinking.

Of that, the source said, “Seeing him in the pub you’d think he had no health issues. But that’s his choice. He’s enjoying himself. He’s in love and he’s happy.”

Well, if it’s quality over quantity that Tim’s going for – in terms of life expectancy – then good on him I say.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.