US X Factor judge Simon Cowell takes the True Blood star for dinner

Simon Cowell has been snapped on a date with True Blood star Janina Gavankar after flirting with her on Twitter.

The US X Factor judge took Javina, 32, to his favourite LA restaurant Cecconi’s and the actress couldn’t help but smile at the cameras as they left together in a chauffeur-driven car.

The pair enjoyed a suggestive chat on Twitter last month after Simon, 53, sent Janina a message saying: ‘hello trouble. Simon. X.’

Janina – who plays shape shifter Luna Garza on the vampire drama – replied: ‘…who me?? #DefinitelyMe,’ before Simon wrote: ‘yes you. X.’

It’s not known how long the couple have known each other but Janina posted a photo of herself with Simon, his fellow US X Factor judge LA Reid, music producer Jermaine Dupri and singer Leah Labelle on her Instagram account three months ago.

Fans have already noticed the striking resemblance between Janina and Simon‘s ex-fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy, who he split from in February.

‘Simon Cowell is True to form as he dates Mezhgan lookalike,’ Tweets one.

Another adds: ‘He definitely has a “type”.’

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Anna Duff