Zooey Deschanel is dating screenwriter Jamie Linden.

The 'New Girl' actress - who split from husband Ben Gibbard earlier this year after two years of marriage - was seen publicly kissing Jamie in Los Angeles, confirming rumours of a romance between them.

The pair were first linked together in June after they appeared ''inseparable, holding hands and hooking their arms together'' at a 'Magic Mike' after-party.

A source added: ''Jamie's a really nice guy. He's funny, and a little geeky ... he's into her!''

Zooey announced her marriage to Death Cab For Cutie singer Ben had ended ''mutually'' and ''amicably'' in December and claimed there was no one was involved with the split.

The 32-year-old beauty recently admitted she likes intelligent men who make her laugh.

She said: ''I think intelligence and humour are probably the most attractive traits in a guy.''

However, she has also said she doesn't feel ready to date, saying: ''Honestly, I'm just going through a divorce, so I don't really think [dating] is something I want to get into now. I don't have time to date. I literally don't have time.''