Courteney Cox has asked her boyfriend to move in with her.

The former 'Friends' actress spent time away from Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid - who currently resides in a guesthouse within the grounds of her home with friend Ed Sheeran - over the festive season and the break made her realise how much the musician means to her.

A source said: ''Johnny went home to Ireland over the new year, while Courteney headed to Mexico with Jennifer Aniston.

''The time apart made her realise how serious she is about him and as soon as he got home she asked him to live with her. This is the happiest Courteney has been in a long time.''

Courteney, 49, is particularly pleased with how well Johnny, 37, gets on with her nine-year-old daughter Coco, and her relationship has also been given the seal of approval by her former spouse David Arquette.

The source added: ''What has really impressed Courteney is how good Johnny is with Coco.

''She didn't let any other men near her daughter but he's always out in their grounds playing sport with Coco and bonding with her.

''Also, David approves of him - they've met a few times and are even planning a dinner with David and his partner Christina. They're all comfortable around each other. Johnny doesn't feel at all awkward about it.''

Courteney and Johnny - who have been dating since September - love nothing more than cosy nights at home.

The source told Britain's Grazia magazine: ''He and Courteney's favourite date nights are staying in and watching movies - usually comedies - and Courteney makes up these buffets for them with a different theme each week.

''She's in such good spirits around him, she's so positive and it's the first time in years she's been truly content and not worrying about things all the time.''