LOVE split actor Ioan Gruffudd may have grown close to another woman while working for months in Australia, it was rumoured last night.

The Welsh star spent three spells Down Under filming TV drama Harrow, in which he plays a forensic pathologist alongside co-stars Anna Lise Phillips and Ella Newton.

A source said: “Ioan has just told his wife he’s decided it isn’t working and he wants to move on, but obviously, for her, there are a lot of questions over why.

“Within the industry there are a lot of raised eyebrows about whether things might be to do with his time working away in Australia.

“Obviously his career has taken him all over the world recently, which has put strain on the family for a while now — but the timing of this has set a lot of tongues wagging.”

There is no evidence to suggest Ioan was ever unfaithful.

Ioan yesterday confirmed his split from wife Alice Evans after she made a string of claims about him online.

The couple have two daughters, aged 11 and seven, and Alice, 49, said they were left “very confused and sad”.

The Sun told how, in a series of tweets, she accused Ioan, 47, of mentally torturing her before finally deciding to “leave his family”.

She told one follower: “I have lost my mind.”

Yesterday, Liar star Ioan said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children.”

His dad Peter added: “We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters.”

Ioan and Alice met while filming 2000 comedy movie 102 Dalmatians.

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