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Liam Neeson appears to be finding solace a year and a half after the death of his wife, actress Natasha Richardson.

The 58-year-old actor has begun dating Freya St. Johnston, a 36-year-old public relations director and mother of two based in the U.K.

Liam and Freya were spotted together holding hands at Nobu restaurant in London on September 3rd, and having dinner at Nick & Toni’s Cafe in New York City last Tuesday.

Although they have not confirmed their relationship, neighbors say there have been huge bunches of flowers regularly delivered to Freya’s address.

According to Johnston’s ex, Matthew Winton, “She’s a wonderful person and a fantastic mother.”

Winton, a marketing exec for the U.K.-based street wear brand Boxfresh, tells PEOPLE. “She takes life seriously in a free-spirited kind of way.”

Neeson was devastated when he lost his wife after a skiing accident in March of last year. She sustained a traumatic brain injury, and he faced the agonizing decision of taking her off life-support after she was declared brain-dead.

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