Rafe Spall kisses girlfriend and co-star as she proudly cradles pregnancy bump


Actor Rafe Spall stepped out with his pregnant girlfriend during the launch of season four of Trying - of which they play the lead characters.

Rafe and his girlfriend Esther Smith met on the set of Apple TV+ show Trying four years ago and have since begun a relationship and are expecting a baby together. The pair announced the news on ITV’s Lorraine in mid-May after keeping very quiet about their romance.

During the interview Lorraine commented: "I have to say, everybody always says what remarkable chemistry you two have. It's no surprise, of course you're a couple and you've got great news. You've got a wee bump!"

"I've got a little bump," Esther smiled. Rafe added: "It's really exciting. We're really excited."

The cast of Apple TV+ Trying
Rafe Spall and Esther Smith caught in a sweet moment during premiere of Trying -Credit:Dave Benett/Getty

The pair were then together during the launch of season four of Trying which began on Wednesday 22 May and concludes on Wednesday 3 July. Rafe and Esther spoke to a panel on Thursday 23 May where they were pictured with the other cast. The couple seemed to be inseparable with Rafe then giving Esther a sweet kiss on the forehead whilst she cradled her baby bump.

Esther Smith
Esther showed off her growing baby bump during the event -Credit:Dave Benett/Getty

This will be Rafe’s fourth child as he was previously married to Hollyoaks actress Elize du Toit before the pair reportedly split in 2021. The couple, who wed in 2010, share three children together - a daughter, 13, a son, 12, and a nine-year-old son.

Rumours hit the press in 2022 that Rafe had moved on with his Trying co-star Esther after the new couple were spotted holding hands in public. Speaking to OK! in an exclusive interview about working with Esther, Rafe said: "I love doing this show, it’s my favourite thing I’ve ever done and I’d happily do it forever."

And when asked about the comedy element of the series, Esther added: “I love that side of our characters and it’s so easy to play that with Rafe though because he’s so funny.”

“It genuinely is an enjoyable experience and it’s the base to Nikki and Jason’s relationship – they have fun together. It’s so lovely that the show has been so well-received because it means we get to keep doing it and keep exploring it. I can’t believe the first season came out in lockdown.”

Rafe Spall and Esther Smith on Lorraine
Rafe Spall and Esther Smith revealed they were expecting a baby on ITV's Lorraine -Credit:ITV

Since Trying began in 2020, Rafe and Esther’s characters, Jason and Nikki have been on the road to parenthood and adopted two children, Princess and Tyler. Season four sees their biggest challenge yet as the kids are now teenagers and Princess wants to find answers about her biological mother.