KATIE Holmes has been best-known as Tom Cruise’s ex-wife in recent years, but now she is directing movies – and romancing another Hollywood star.
But what happened in her relationship with Cruise and why has she kept her new relationship private? Here’s all you need to know….
Who is Katie Holmes, how old is she and what is her background?
Katie Holmes is a 38-year-old American actress, born the youngest of five children in Ohio.
She was brought up Catholic and her father wanted her to be a doctor – but Katie had other plans.
She began acting in films following a brief stint in modelling, then ended up starring in Dawson’s Creek in 1997.
Katie famously dated her Dawson’s Creek co-star Joshua Jackson for a brief period, but her most famous relationship was with Tom Cruise, 55.
If she wasn’t well-known enough for her acting roles, their public relationship thrust her firmly into the spotlight after Cruise jumped up and down on US TV declaring his love for her.
While married to Cruise, Katie became part of the Church of Scientology, but since their divorce she is practising Catholicism again.
They have one daughter, Suri, who’s 12.
What acting roles has Katie played?
Katie got her big break as Joey Potter, the tomboy best friend of the main character in Dawson’s Creek. She stayed in that role between 1998-2003 after auditioning on tape, refusing to go and see casting directors in person as she had to be in her school play.
In 1998, right at the beginning of her career, she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for her role in thriller Disturbing Behavior, and also received critical acclaim for film Wonder Boys.
The biggest film she has starred in so far is Batman Begins, when she played Rachel Dawes, Gotham’s assistant district attorney and Bruce Wayne’s childhood sweetheart.
In 2011, she played Jackie Kennedy in miniseries The Kennedys, and is reprised that role in The Kennedys: Decline And Fall last year.
In 2016 she also released her debut feature film as a director, All We Had, a family drama based on a novel by Annie Weatherwax.
This year she’s playing Bobbie Jo Chapman in Logan Lucky alongside Adam Driver and Daniel Craig.
When was Katie Holmes married to Tom Cruise?
Their intense romance captured the public imagination and became a meme when Tom famously declared his love for Katie just a month after their first date on The Oprah Winfrey Show, jumping up and down on her couch.
But despite its cringey start their seven year relationship seemed to be one of Hollywood’s most solid, and publicly there was very little sign of the cracks that eventually led Katie to lawyers’ offices.
The pair went public with their relationship in May 2005 by attending an Italian awards ceremony together. Proud Tom snogged his girlfriend openly on the red carpet and the hot new couple were swiftly dubbed TomKat.
A whirlwind engagement followed in June 2005 when Tom proposed to Katie on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
By the October the couple announced they were expecting a child and their daughter Suri was born in April 2006.
Then in November 2006 the pair had an elaborate Scientology wedding at Odescalchi Castle in Italy – but the religion also contributed to the end of their relationship. Sources said Katie was “terrified” at the thought of Suri, then six, being brought up and educated as a Scientologist.
Since the divorce in 2012 Katie has taken primary care of Suri, who looks more like her mum every day.
Is Katie dating anyone now?
The pair held hands in public for the first time on a Malibu beach – amid claims that a clause in Katie’s divorce settlement with Cruise stated she could not date publicly.
The pair have been linked since 2013, when they were spotted dancing together at a charity event in upstate New York.
Dad-of-two Jamie was then seen holding Katie’s hand in a recording studio in 2015, but he told TMZ soon after: “Oh come on you guys have been trying to make that stick for three years, we’re just friends.
“As a matter of fact Anthony Zuiker, creator of CSI, he offered us an animation project and we’re working on that.”
Romance rumours have followed them relentlessly thanks to social media photos, though they have denied they are a couple for four years.