Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd is ready to cement his five-year relationship with longterm girlfriend Alice Evans by asking her to marry him.

The 33-year-old actress left her former partner OLIVIER PICASSO - grandson of famous painter PABLO - after he failed to propose to her during their eight-year relationship.

And the Fantastic Four hunk is terrified Evans will leave him if he repeats Picasso's mistake and delays their engagement.

He says, "My girlfriend and I have been together for five years. We met while shooting 102 DALMATIANS.

"We've lived together for the past two years and certainly if I don't ask her within the next couple of years I'll be out on my ear."

Evans adds, "I had a fantastic relationship with Olivier and would have married him if he'd asked me, but he didn't."

14/07/2005 01:56