The Good Will Hunting star knew her first date with a mystery man would not lead to another get together, and when they sat for a break, she fell for a guy from her past.

"We went for a walk on the beach and I knew it wasn't gonna work out, so I said, 'Shall we sit down...?'" she said. "We were sitting there and I saw somebody walk by and I recognised him from the back of his head, and it was this guy that I've known since I was 17-years-old and I called out his name, and it was him, and we went out together.

"We hadn't seen each other in about 10 years and we went out for dinner and that was that... He was one of my great friends when I was 18."

During an appearance on U.S. TV show The Talk on Wednesday (21Sep16), Minnie explained she had lost touch with writer Neville Wakefield, who was the boyfriend of a close pal, after he got married and moved away, and she never thought she'd be able to track him down.

"I was always sad that my dad was never gonna know the guy I would end up with, because he passed away, but dad loved Neville."

Wakefield has two teenage sons, Atticus and Jackson, from his marriage to stylist and former Vogue fashion editor Camilla Nickerson. The couple split after 10 years of marriage in 2004.

Meanwhile, Minnie has a seven-year-old son, Henry, with her former boyfriend, television writer Timothy J Lea.