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Trude and Howard snuggle up with their cat Kevin. Trude has moved into Howard's Georgian cottage in Bristol, which he has spent the past four years restoring

The couple hope to marry next June and are planning to hold the ceremony among the mountains and fjords of Norway

 

Trude Mostue and her fiancé Howard Thomas make a striking couple: she, the diminutive, pretty blonde star of Vets In Practice with the lilting Norwegian accent, and he the 6ft 6in muscle-man personal trainer-cum-life coach who spends his time teaching people how to turn their lives around.

He certainly turned Trude’s life upside down when they met last year. She employed him to help her get fit, but within months she had ended her year-long relationship with her boyfriend, the model Brian Povlsen. And by Christmas last year she and Howard were engaged.

“I’ve never come close to marriage before,” says the 33-year-old vet, sinking into a leather sofa in the stylish cottage she shares with Howard in the fashionable Clifton area of Bristol. “But then I’ve never met anyone before who I thought I could spend the rest of my life with.”

Former rugby player Howard, 43, proposed to Trude with a poem, read on bended knee on the downs above Clifton, where they had first met.

For more on the romantic couple, see this week’s issue of HELLO!, on sale now.