Hollywood actor Sam Neill and ABC presenter Laura Tingle 'split'

Hollywood actor Sam Neill and ABC presenter Laura Tingle quietly ‘split’ after three years together

Actor Sam Neill and political journalist Laura Tingle have reportedly split.

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald’s Private Sydney, the Hollywood star, 73, and the ABC 7.30 presenter, 59, have quietly gone their separate ways after three years together.

They managed to keep their romance relatively private over the years, but appeared together in public at the 2018 Mid Winter Ball at Parliament House and the 2019 AACTA Awards in Sydney.

Over: Hollywood actor Sam Neill and ABC presenter Laura Tingle have reportedly ‘split’ after three years together. Pictured together at the 2019 AACTA Awards in Sydney

Their reported split comes after the Kiwi actor praised Laura’s Quarterly Essay called The High Road: What Australia can learn from New Zealand, in an Instagram post last month.

He shared a photo of the publication and gushed over her work, writing in the caption: ‘This is a MASTERPIECE, reads like a thriller. A must read.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Sam, his management and Laura for comment. 

Private: They managed to keep their romance relatively private over the years, but appeared together in public at the 2018 Mid Winter Ball at Parliament House (pictured) and the 2019 AACTA Awards in Sydney

‘A must read’: Their split comes after the Kiwi actor praised Laura’s Quarterly Essay called The High Road: What Australia can learn from New Zealand, in an Instagram post last month: He shared a photo of the publication, saying ‘This is a MASTERPIECE, reads like a thriller’

Flirty exchanges over Twitter between Laura and Neill began in March 2017. 

They met through friends in late 2017, and began dating publicly in January 2018, Daily Mail Australia reported at the time. 

Neill tagged her in a post where he claimed he was not allowed into Malcolm Turnbull’s victory party after the election.

‘Perhaps the Libs have a thing about beards’, he lamented, as he shared a photo of himself with actor pals Hugo Weaving, Mel Gibson and Joel Edgerton.


Where it began: Flirty exchanges over Twitter between Laura and Neill began in March 2017. They met through friends in late 2017, and began dating publicly in January 2018, Daily Mail Australia reported at the time

‘Evidence suggests they have a thing about talent,’ she cheekily responded.

In 2018, a friend of the couple told The Australian the relationship was ‘serious’, and that the pair had met through mutual friends.

However, The Brisbane Times reported the pair had met after Neill reached out to the Insiders regular after he saw her on television.

Flirty: Neill tagged her in a post and claimed he was not allowed into Malcolm Turnbull’s election party and shared a photo of himself with actor pals Hugo Weaving, Mel Gibson and Joel Edgerton. Laura cheekily responded, ‘evidence suggests they have a thing about talent’

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