"THIS Life star Andrew Lincoln's passionate romance with TV beauty Tara Fitzgerald is over. The pair started dating a year ago after splitting from their partners. In Tara's case that meant giving her fiance, Soldier, Soldier star Dorian Healy, the elbow after five years together. Once free of him, Tara, 30, found herself falling for Lincoln on the set of the lavish BBC Christmas drama The Woman In White last summer. Surprisingly, Tara and Lincoln, 24 - Egg in the cult BBC2 series about lawyers - went to enormous lengths to keep their fling a secret. They also came up with some amusing denials whenever they were quizzed about their love affair. "There was absolutely nothing going on," Lincoln said when word first broke about the couple's romance. "Tara is just like an older sister, really - a wicked person. We get on really well." So well, in fact, that Tara told pals Lincoln was the man she wanted to wed. "She was secretly hoping he might go down on one knee and ask her to marry him," one of her close pals told me yesterday. "They had a very passionate relationship. Lincoln was so different from Dorian, and Tara was besotted with him." Sadly the actress's friends are convinced that Tara's infatuation with Lincoln has ultimately led to the split. "It seems she was rather keener on him than he was on her," the friend added. "Tara's six years older than Lincoln and wants to settle down. She's been living a fairly nomadic life since breaking up with Dorian. "But Lincoln's just the opposite. He's young, famous and wants to enjoy himself."