James Norton Joins Raya Post-Imogen Poots Split

Acclaimed Actor Embraces New Beginnings on Exclusive Dating Platform.

by Nouman Rasool
James Norton Joins Raya Post-Imogen Poots Split
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According to reports, British actor James Norton, of "Happy Valley," is said to have joined the members-only celebrity dating app Raya, just after his surprise split from actress Imogen Poots. The couple, who had been together for six years, last week announced they were splitting—months after going their separate ways before Christmas.

Norton, 38, and Poots, 34, started their dating in 2017, and they were engaged just for a very short period of time. Although no reasons have been cited for the break-up of the engagement and the relationship, they realized that with time, they were growing apart and decided to part ways.

Being seen on Raya means that Norton is ready to start a new relationship adventure. Raya is known to be quite private and exclusive, with a strict application process of having a strong social media presence and getting references from members.

The app, which costs £5.99 a month, has since shifted from being a dating app to a wider network of social discovery and professional connections.

James Norton's Raya Debut

The Sun says his Raya profile listed his location as London, but he grew up in York, alongside a series of brooding black-and-white photographs.

Among them was a striking selfie with artfully tousled hair and a thoughtful gaze, as well as a shirtless image. John Prine's sweet 1999 track "In Spite Of Ourselves" sets the tone for his search for love, further personalizing his profile.

The actress first met Cook way back in 2011, and after just a few months, they were engaged. Their split was reportedly kept very hushed to start, with some reports indicating that the actress wanted to keep it on the low.

The actress had said earlier that she was a 'free-spirited' individual and wished to travel a lot and wasn't prepared to settle down, something that totally stood in opposition to Norton's idea of a family life. In a 2021 interview with The Guardian, Norton in an act of self-projection himself foreshadows a brooding desire for fatherhood reflected to a peak level by the film "Nowhere Special" where he plays a dying father.

This is despite their busy schedules—Norton off on his next job in a matter of days, filming for the Bob Marley biopic "One Love", and Poots working on "Outer Range" in New Mexico. Busy schedules, demanding careers, coupled with long periods apart, were just too much.

They first met when they were starring in the play "Belleville" at the Donmar Warehouse, and afterwards, they started to cohabit in London. February 2022 was a huge leap in their relationship, but their last public appearance together had been back in July last year at Wimbledon.