The pair dine in New York

Benedict Cumberbatch looked like he was having a lot of fun while enjoying a spot of lunch with Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson yesterday.

The actor, 37, was snapped laughing as he dined at a New York restaurant with Dakota, 24, who recently finished filming the S&M film with co-star Jamie Dornan.

Benedict looked in high spirits as he jokingly hid his face with a napkin, which he held in place with his black hat and hilariously put his glasses on top of.

The pair – who both attended New York’s Met Ball on Monday – had earlier been seen chatting animatedly as they made their way to the eatery where they dined with a female pal.

Benedict was casual in a pair of maroon trousers, a stripy T-shirt and a blue jumper, while pretty Dakota donned a 70s-style knee-length flowery dress and patent shoes.

It’s believed that Benedict is single after splitting from long-term love Olivia Poulet in 2011 but Dakota was thought to be dating actor Jordan Masterson earlier this year.

The pair haven’t been seen together for a few weeks.

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