When Rami Malek‘s name was announced as Best Actor at Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards, the first thing he did was passionately kiss the blonde-haired beauty sitting beside him – his co-star from the award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, Lucy Boynton. The kiss was the first overt public display of affection the 37-year-old showed for his newfound love, who he’s reportedly been dating since wrapping up filming of Bohemian Rhapsody last year.

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So who is this woman who captured audience’s (and Malek’s) hearts in Bohemian Rhapsody as Freddie Mercury’s real-life ex-fiancee Mary Austin? Boynton has been on the film scene for a while, getting her start at age 12 beside Renee Zellwenger in 2006’s Miss Potter. Since then, the 25-year-old actress has starred in films like Sing Street and the 2017 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. 

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Born in New York but raised in London, Boynton currently lives in London, where Malek has reportedly been spending a lot of his time. They were first linked back in January of 2018 when they made their first public appearance together at a party in London, but Malek only confirmed the relationship in his acceptance speech at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where he thanked Boynton for being “my ally, my confidant, my love.”

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Since then, Malek and Boynton have been making the rounds together, as Malek continued to sweep up a number of awards for his performance as the lead singer of Queen. On Sunday, Malek was given Hollywood’s biggest honor when he was named Best Actor at the Oscars, and he took the opportunity to once again display his love for his new girlfriend. “Lucy Boynton, you’re the heart of his film,” he said. “You are immensely talented. You have captured my heart.” Swoon. 

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