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The spies who loved each other; SPOOKS STARS' BIG SECRET.

Byline: By FIONA CUMMINS Showbiz Reporter

SPOOKS spies Raza Jaffrey and Miranda Raison are hiding a secret - they are real-life lovers.

Raza, 31, and Miranda, 28 - MI5 agents in the BBC1 drama - have been dating for around two months and recently shared a romantic break in New York.

They fell for each other on set despite having partners and at first tried to keep their romance under wraps.

A Spooks insider said: "The attraction between them was pretty instant.

"They didn't want everyone to make a big thing of it, especially as Miranda is new to the show, but they couldn't help themselves.

"They tried to keep things as low-key as possible but they're very happy. It's an open secret.

"There's real chemistry between them and they're enjoying spending time together."

This is not the first time Raza has fallen for a co-star. Two years ago he dated Preeya Kalidas, his love interest in stage musical Bombay Dreams.

Raza, who also starred in telly drama Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee, plays Zafar Younis in Spooks, which draws six million viewers.

Miranda, whose previous shows include Heartbeat and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, joined for the current series. She plays budding journalist Jo Portman, hired by MI5 after impressing them when she is caught up in a shootout.

Another insider said: "She and Raza got together at the wrap party in August after filming had finished. They were concerned what the bosses might say, but everyone's been great about it."

Former Spooks stars Matthew MacFadyen, who played Tom Quinn, and Keeley Hawes, his sidekick Zoe Reynolds, also began a romance on the drama and are expecting a child next month.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2005
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