Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan in pictures: How the Essex charmer finally found his Mrs Wright
The 26-year-old – who has been voted soap's sexiest female for five consecutive years – was soon introduced to the family.
His mother's verdict on her son's girlfriend?
"They just seem very happy together, and have a good laugh." She added: "I hope we see a lot more of her. In fact, I'd be more than happy to make her a permanent addition to the Wright family!"