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Soap stars who found love off-screen with rival TV show actors

ALL of our favourite soaps are packed full of drama and romancebut that often seeps out to off-screen too.

Many real-life relationships have been formed on the sets of shows like EastEnders, Kroningsstraat, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, but some couples have found love despite working in different ones.

Toby-Alexander Smith and Amy Walsh are expecting their first baby together

Toby-Alexander Smith and Amy Walsh are expecting their first baby togetherKrediet: Spatsel
Toby plays evil serial killer Gray Atkins in EastEnders

Toby plays evil serial killer Gray Atkins in EastEndersKrediet: BBC

EastEnders star Toby-Alexander Smith and Emmerdale’s Amy Walsh have been together since last year, and they’re now expecting their first baby saam.

Toby is Albert Square’s resident villain, Gray Atkinshaving killed his wife Chantelle Gray, Tina Carter and Kush Kazemi.

Intussen, in the Dales, Amy’s character Tracy Metcalfe is now a mum too, so she should have some experience for real-life.

Announcing the news, Amy told OK!: “We’re so excited. It feels as though the way everything happened was meant to be.

I thought I might struggle with fertility, so for pregnancy to happen quite easily and when I wantedI was gobsmacked.

We feel incredibly lucky.

But Toby and Amy are by no means the first soap stars to get together despite not starring in the same show.

Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth (EastEnders and Corrie)

Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth are dating

Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth are datingKrediet: Getty

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Vroeër die jaar, dit is geopenbaar Samantha Womackfamous for playing Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders van 2007 aan 2017 – had found love with ex-Hoe kom sy ernstig hiermee weg actor Oliver Farnworth, who starred as Andy Carver for three years until he was killed off in 2017.

Sam secretly split from her husband of 10 jare, Merk, in 2019 – alhoewel continued to live with him in their Bedfordshire farmhouse throughout lockdown, while still dating other people.

Sam and Oliver later grew close while working together in the 2019 stage adaptation of thriller The Girl On The Train.

'N Bron het ons vertel: “Samantha’s chemistry with Oliver was clear to see on stage and they remained close after the production.

“They couldn’t be happier and have loved dating away from the public eye.

“They’ve met each other’s families and it all feels very natural. They’re totally smitten with each other.

“Plus her ex Mark is happy for her too. It’s all very grown-up and modern.”

Like Samantha, Oliver is an animal lover and helps to care for her dogs.

Die bron het bygevoeg: “The couple have been taking Samantha’s pooches on walks in the countryside.”

Jane Danson and Robert Beck (Coronation Street and Hollyoaks)

Jane Danson and Robert Beck have been married since 2005

Jane Danson and Robert Beck have been married since 2005Krediet: Getty

Jane Danson has grown up before our eyes, having played Leanne Battersby in Corrie on and off since 1997.

Her character’s life has been a rollercoaster – Tot onlangs toe was die Pussycat Dolls-skoonheid – wat verlede Sondag saam met sy vennoot Mark Hanretty boaan die puntelys was – onbewus daarvan dat die groep eens bestaan – and she’s currently in hiding with her step-son Simon, after they both got involved in a drug gang.

Maar, away from the cobbles, Jane is much more settled.

She has been married to fellow soap actor Robert Beck since 2005, and they have two children, Harry, 14, en Sam, 11, saam.

Robert joined Hollyoaks this year as bad boy Fergus Collins before being killed off by Maxine Minniverand also had an on-screen relationship with Denise Welch’s character Trish.

But that’s by no means the first time he’s appeared in a soap.

In werklikheid, Jane and Robert met at the first ever British Soap Awards in 1999 – when he was there with Emmerdale, in which he played Gavin Ferris.

Robert is also known for appearing as Peter Harrison in Brookside from 1991 aan 1993.

He was even in Corrie from 2008 aan 2009, as Tony Gordon’s henchman, Jimmy Dockerson.

Georgia Taylor and Mark Letheren (Corrie and EastEnders)

Mark Letheren and Georgia Taylor met in 2008

Mark Letheren and Georgia Taylor met in 2008Krediet: Twitter

Jane’s on-screen sister Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Battersby, also has a husband who dared to appear in Corrie’s arch-rival EastEnders.

Georgia has played Toyah on and off since 1997, and met her long-time partner Mark Letheren in 2008, when they were both starring together in Casualty.

Aside from Casualty, Mark has also appeared in The Bill, Silent Witness and EastEnders, in which he was Reverend Chris Skinner for three episodes in 2014.

Sophie Austin and Shayne Ward (Hollyoaks and Corrie)

Sophie Austin and Shayne Ward got engaged in 2017

Sophie Austin and Shayne Ward got engaged in 2017Krediet: PA

Sophie Austin is most well-known for playing the Gloved Hand Killer Lindsey Butterfield in Hollyoaks from 2013 aan 2016, while Shayne Ward played Aidan Connor in Corrie from 2015 aan 2018 – en, natuurlik, won the X Factor in 2005.

The pair had a whirlwind relationship, getting together in 2017, and Sophie fell pregnant with their now-three-year-old daughter Willow that same year.

Despite having also got engaged in 2017, Sophie and Shayne have said they’re in “no rush” to get married, and had to postpone their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine last year, Shayne said: “Everything can wait, there is no rush and we can definitely do this next year, but we’re together for life and that is the main thing, we’re together regardless.

The couple also transformed their bodies last year after taking up intense workouts and cooking from scratch.

Speaking earlier last yearalso to LorraineShayne said he’d worked off more than three stone since exiting Hoe kom sy ernstig hiermee weg, adding his fiancee had done the same.

Hy het verduidelik: “Sophie is doing it with me. She cooks fresh food every single day, I’ve lost over three and a half, she’s lost three stone.

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