Christian Slater wants to marry his new girlfriend.

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The Hollywood actor has described his lover Tamara Mellon, the founder of designer shoe company Jimmy Choo, as a “phenomenal woman” and says he is planning to pop the question very soon.

He said: “Marriage is a huge question. But without a doubt I feel I’ve met someone, in Tamara, who is very special. Hopefully things will keep moving in the direction they currently are. It is definitely in my mind.

“She is a phenomenal woman and I’ve never been happier. She’s fantastic, really fabulous.”

Christian, 38, admitted he wasn’t looking for love when he first met 40-year-old Tamara last year, shortly after he arrived in London to star in West End play Swimming With Sharks.

He told Closer magazine: “I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone. But I’m very grateful now that I went over to the UK to do the play.”

Christian also revealed he has an amicable relationship with his ex-wife Ryan Haddon, and says the pair often spend holidays together with their children – Jaden, eight, and six-year-old Eliana.

The True Romance star – who split from Ryan in 2005 – said: “My kids are hilarious. My daughter certainly has an entertaining gene, I wouldn’t mind if she went into showbiz. I think my son will become a racing driver, but we’ll see!”

Christian and Ryan’s divorce was finalised in November 2006.