And then, with a quick smile – but no kiss – the handsome, charming and, as I now know, housework-loving Rupert Penry-Jones leaves the room.
The woman at the center of the Kevin Hart sex tape scandal has revealed that she slept with the married Hollywood star three times during a three day blow-out in Las Vegas in August- and he didn't mention his wife once.
When we meet, Rupert is filming the fourth series of the ITV show which, he believes, has taken on a life of its own.
'It’s a funny show; it seems to be turning into something we never envisaged.
'When an attractive woman finds you attractive and says nice things about you it’s fine,' he says recalling the Willoughby incident. 'She isn’t threatened, she’s very secure,' Rupert says of the mother of his two children, Florence, nine, and Peter, six.
He and the former Ballykissangel star have been together for 12 years, after working on the JB Priestley play Dangerous Corner, and despite all the attention Rupert gets, they appear to have one of the most stable relationships in showbiz.
'But I’d be crazy to jack in everything I have here and go.