EastEnders’ Shona McGarty wraps up warm in a black coat as she stops by pet shop

Her co-star Max Bowden was recently seen leaving her home home in the early hours of the morning after staying the night.

And Shona McGarty cut a casual figure as she took her two dogs to Pets at Home in Stevenage over the weekend.

The actress, 30, who plays Whitney Dean in EastEnders, wrapped up for the day in a black coat which she wore with matching tracksuit bottoms.

Out and about: Shona McGarty cut a casual figure in an all-black outfitas she took her two dogs to Pets at Home in Stevenage over the weekend

The TV star, who has appeared on EastEnders since 2008, also sported a matching top along with a pair of black trainers.

Letting her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders, Shona was seen chatting on the phone as she departed the store.

It comes after sources claimed Shona and Max, who plays Ben Mitchell, have looked ‘very cozy’ on set recently but it has been said they are not ‘officially dating’.

In photos obtained by The Sun, Max – who split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle earlier this year – was seen leaving the property in Hertfordshire as sources claim the pair ‘have grown closer’.

Colleague: Shona's co-star Max Bowden was recently seen leaving her home home in the early hours of the morning after staying the night

Colleague: Shona’s co-star Max Bowden was recently seen leaving her home home in the early hours of the morning after staying the night

Onlookers saw Max drive his black BMW into Shona’s street and entering through a wooden fence at the rear of his home.

Later in the evening Shona came to the garden gate to collect a takeaway meal from a delivery driver.

A source told the Sun on Sunday: ‘They spend as much time together as they can. Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona’s home. He wears the same clothes most days.

‘They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they drive into the EastEnders set separately. But anybody who sees them together can see how they feel about each other.’

Laid back: The actress, 30, who plays Whitney Dean in EastEnders, wrapped up for the day in a black coat which she wore with matching tracksuit bottoms

Laid back: The actress, 30, who plays Whitney Dean in EastEnders, wrapped up for the day in a black coat which she wore with matching tracksuit bottoms

Relaxed: The TV star, who has appeared on EastEnders since 2008, also sported a matching top along with a pair of black trainers

Low key: The star let her brunette locks fall loose down her shoulders

Relaxed: The TV star, who has appeared on EastEnders since 2008, also sported a matching top along with a pair of black trainers

Claims: It comes after sources claimed Shona and Max, who plays Ben Mitchell, have looked 'very cozy' on set recently but it has been said they are not 'officially dating'

Claims: It comes after sources claimed Shona and Max, who plays Ben Mitchell, have looked ‘very cozy’ on set recently but it has been said they are not ‘officially dating’

The insider said: ‘They’ve tried to keep their relationship quiet. It had all the hallmarks of an EastEnders’ plotline as they tried to keep it secret. It hasn’t been the easiest of starts for them. Shona and Max were friends and now they have grown closer. But they don’t want to make a big fuss of things.’

MailOnline has contacted representatives for the pair for comment.

Due to the pair being in the limelight for so many years and knowing their relationship will be big news, the source claimed Max and Shona are trying to handle the situation ‘sensitively’ and keep it on the down low.

Max and Shona are allegedly ‘mad for each other’ and ‘inseparable’ on the EastEnders set after he split from his pregnant girlfriend Roisin Buckle.

Spotted: In photos obtained by The Sun, Max - who split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle earlier this year - was seen leaving the property in Hertfordshire as sources claim the pair 'have grown closer'

Spotted: In photos obtained by The Sun, Max – who split from his pregnant ex-girlfriend Roisin Buckle earlier this year – was seen leaving the property in Hertfordshire as sources claim the pair ‘have grown closer’

Co-stars: Onlookers saw Max drive his black BMW into Shona's street and entering through a wooden fence at the rear of her home

Pair: Later in the evening Shona came to the garden gate to collect a takeaway meal from a delivery driver

Co-stars: Onlookers saw Max drive his black BMW into Shona’s street and entering through a wooden fence at the rear of her home

A source said: 'They spend as much time together as they can.  Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona's home.  He wears the same clothes most days'

A source said: ‘They spend as much time together as they can. Most nights or mornings Max is seen entering or leaving Shona’s home. He wears the same clothes most days’

It has also been claimed that Max vowed to his baby mama that he was not romantically with anyone else when they called it quits last month.

A source told The Sun: ‘Max and Shona are mad for each other. They have been spending quality time together for a while now.

‘Shona has been a great support for Max over the last couple of months and been a shoulder for him to cry on.

‘Who knows what could happen in the future but for now they’re just good friends.’

They went on to admit the pair are ‘absolutely not in a relationship’, with the actors also insisting they are not ‘officially dating’.

Back in March, Max and Shona put on a cozy display as they had fun at a country music festival, which was held at The O2 Arena in London.

They added: 'They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they drive into the EastEnders set separately.  But anybody who sees them together can see how they feel about each other'

They added: ‘They have tried to keep their relationship a secret and they drive into the EastEnders set separately. But anybody who sees them together can see how they feel about each other’

The insider said: 'They've tried to keep their relationship quiet.  It had all the hallmarks of an EastEnders' plotline as they tried to keep it secret'

They added: It hasn't been the easiest of starts for them.  Shona and Max were friends and now they have grown closer.  But they don't want to make a big fuss of things'

The insider said: ‘They’ve tried to keep their relationship quiet. It had all the hallmarks of an EastEnders’ plotline as they tried to keep it secret’

The redhead beauty is thought to be a single lady after splitting from her fiancé, electrician Ryan Harris in January 2020.

Max split from insurance executive Roisin, 36, earlier this year but the pair are said to be ‘delighted’ at the prospect of becoming parents and found out they were expecting some time ago.

A friend told The Sun: ‘They broke up earlier this year. There was no one else involved, it just simply didn’t work out.

‘Max and Roisin remained good friends and were thrilled when she found out she was pregnant.

Private: Due to the pair being in the limelight for so many years and knowing their relationship will be big news, the source claimed Max and Shona are trying to handle the situation 'sensitively' and keep it on the down low

Private: Due to the pair being in the limelight for so many years and knowing their relationship will be big news, the source claimed Max and Shona are trying to handle the situation ‘sensitively’ and keep it on the down low

‘They are determined to co-parent the tot and are supporting each other. It has been a tough year for Max so he was delighted when he found out he is going to be a dad. He’s really excited about the future.

The source also told the publication that those who know the couple ‘could not be more excited.’

They confirmed their romance last October – five months after they started dating. During their romance, the pair remained largely out of the limelight.

Shona and Max’s representatives have been contacted by MailOnline for comment.

Throwback: The redhead beauty is thought to be a single lady after splitting from her fiancé, electrician Ryan Harris in January 2020

Throwback: The redhead beauty is thought to be a single lady after splitting from her fiancé, electrician Ryan Harris in January 2020

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