With wedding season at a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, some of our favourite soap stars from Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and EastEnders have had their wedding plans cancelled or postponed like many disappointed couples around the world. Keep reading to see which soap star weddings we have to look forward to in the future…
Joe Duttine and Sally Carman
Real-life Coronation Street couple Joe Duttine and Sally Carman shared their engagement joy in March, after a two-year relationship. The couple made the announcement on social media during the lockdown and shared a look at Sally's gorgeous emerald engagement ring.
Axle Whitehead and Liezl Carstens
Home and Away actor Axle Whitehead had some happy news to share during the coronavirus pandemic, after popping the question to Liezl Carstens, his girlfriend of seven years, over the Easter weekend. Sharing three photos of himself and Liezl kissing, a close-up of her striking engagement ring, and his fiancée celebrating with a glass of wine, Axle wrote on Instagram: "Pulled the trigger and got a yes! Game on!!"
Melissa Suffield and Robert Brendan
Not only is former EastEnders star Melissa Suffield busy wedding planning after her long-term boyfriend Robert Brendan proposed in July 2019, but she is also welcomed their first child, baby River, in March. The actress, who played Lucy Beale in the soap, announced her engagement with a photo that showed her diamond engagement ring, adding the caption: "#ISaidYaaas."
James Burrows and Sophie Coates
Coronation Street actor James Burrows proposed to his girlfriend Sophie Coates in August 2019, during a romantic break in the Lake District. The actor, known for his role as Ali Neeson in the soap, announced the news on Instagram with a photo of Sophie's diamond engagement ring, writing: "So at the weekend I asked my best friend to be my wife on a boat in the middle of the lake and she said yes and it’s made me one very happy man #lakedistrict#engaged #happy."
Alison King and David Stuckley
Carla Connor actress Alison King got engaged to her boyfriend David Stuckley during a summer holiday in 2019, following a one-year relationship. The 46-year-old has kept her relationship out of the public eye since the couple began dating in August 2018.
Luke Jerdy and Daisy Wood-Davis
Hollyoaks co-stars Luke Jerdy and Daisy Wood-Davis announced their engagement during a holiday in Greece in August 2019, with Luke getting down on one knee on the beach in front of Daisy's family. Daisy and Luke announced their happy news on Instagram, with photos showing Daisy’s "dream" engagement ring that her fiancé had designed.
Ryan Thomas and Lucy Mecklenburgh
Ryan Thomas, who has starred in both Coronation Street and Neighbours, popped the question to girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh while they were on holiday in Italy in June. Making their year even more memorable, the couple also shared the happy news that they are expecting their first child together in 2020. Congrats!
Lisa revealed in May 2018 that she was engaged to her boyfriend Al. The actress, who briefly returned to Emmerdale earlier this year, later told HELLO! about their wedding plans, admitting that she hadn't set a date for her big day, and would most likely "just sort of like disappear". She had special plans for her wedding dress though. "I like the idea of the Pippa Middleton bum dress because I work so hard on my bum," she said. "So if I WAS to think about a dress... if there was a sort of visualisation, then the fact that I spend my life in squat to keep my Pippa Middleton [bum] up -- that would be the case."
Matt Di Angelo
Former EastEnders actor Matt Di Angelo popped the question to his long-term girlfriend Sophia Perry during a holiday in the Dominican Republic in May 2019. Sharing a photo revealing how they were celebrating on the beach with pizza and champagne during their holiday in the Dominican Republic, Matt simply wrote: "Got pizza today." Meanwhile, Sophia shared a photo of herself tucking into a slice of pizza while holding a glass of bubbly, giving a glimpse at her dazzling diamond engagement ring. "I heart PIZZA… AND MY FIANCE," she captioned the snap.
Louisa Lytton and Ben Bhanvra
EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton's boyfriend Ben proposed during a holiday in the Maldives in May 2019, with the pair sharing the exciting news on Instagram. "Been practicing selfies with my right hand for two weeks…" Louisa jokingly captioned this post, which shared a glimpse at her beautiful diamond engagement ring.
Nadine Mulkerrin and Rory Douglas-Speed
What a year it's been for Hollyoaks co-stars Nadine and Rory! Not only did the couple announce their engagement in2019, but they also welcomed son, Reggie, in the October.
Former EastEnders actor Aaron Sidwell – known for his role as Steven Beale – announced his engagement to long-term girlfriend Tricia Adele Turner in April 2019. "Here's to the future Mrs Sidwell #SheSaidYes," he wrote in the caption. The lovely picture shows the pair sharing a sweet kiss on London's Carnaby Street after Aaron popped the question.
Hayley Tammadon – who has starred in both Emmerdale and Coronation Street – announced her engagement to her boyfriend Adrian in May 2019, just three weeks after she revealed they are expecting their first child together. Taking to Twitter, Hayley wrote: "HE PROPOSED .............. I said YES!!!! This year is turning out to be quite wonderful."
Mark Jordon and Laura Norton
One of the next Emmerdale weddings is coming from Mark Jordon and Laura Norton, who announced their engagement in January 2019. The couple met on the ITV soap and have been dating since 2015. However, it appears Mark may well have popped the question back in June judging by a photo he posted of Laura on Twitter, writing: "23rd June 2018. Best day ever 'yes.'"