SOAP romances are not just found on screen – with many of our favourite Corrie and Emmerdale stars falling for each other in real life.
This week Laura Norton and Mark Jordan, who play Kerry and Daz in the Dales drama, announced the birth of their baby boy Jesse.
The couple, who met on set, are have been dating for five years posted pictures of their “little champ” on social media, confirming her was born on Friday, January 29.
Laura, 37, wrote:”It was the most incredible, surreal experience I have ever had and probably ever will and my tiny mind is blown.
“He is perfect and we’re all so happy to welcome him to the fam. Jesse Jordon we’re all head over heels IN LOVE with you.”
She praised Mark, 57, as the “best birthing partner ever.”
But the loved up Emmerdale stars are not the only soap couples who found love on set – and many have gone on to be parents too.
Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden
Charley, 32 first met Matthew, 40, on the set of Emmerdale in 2006 and got together a few years later.
The couple, who play Debbie Dingle and David Metcalfe, married in a surprise ceremony in 2018 and are parents to Buster, 11, Bowie, five and one-year-old Ace Gene.
Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry
Emmerdale favourites Zoe (Rhona Goskirk) and Jeff (Cain Dingle) met at drama college and have been together ever since.
The pair, who married in 2003, have two children – Violet and Stan – and live in a stunning Yorkshire home.
They share a love of gardening, and Jeff has said growing their own veg has helped his Crohn’s disease.
Joe Duttine and Sally Carman
Corrie couple Sally and Joe only recently announced they were engaged.
It came hot on the heels of them revealing they were living together.
Sally (Abi Franklin) and Joe (Tim Metcalfe) were pictured in August 2018 holding hands with The Sun confirming that they hit it off while filming the soap.
Chris Gascoyne and Caroline Harding
Coronation Street’s Chris, who plays pub landlord Peter Barlow, married wife Caroline in 2002.
She has played four different roles in rival ITV soap Emmerdale, but switched Yorkshire for Manchester in her new job as Corrie’s latest doctor last year.
The actress’ new scenes are not her first in Weatherfield, after first appearing in 2015 for two episodes, playing the same role as a doctor.
Chris and Caroline have three children together.
Natalie J Robb and Johnny McPherson
Emmerdale stars Johnny (Liam Cavanagh) and Natalie (Moira Barton) became friends on the set of the soap before things turned romantic.
They kept their relationship secret after reportedly becoming an item at the beginning of the year.
However, in a cast Zoom call to celebrate co-star Liam Fox’s 50th birthday, last year, they appeared together as a couple for the first time.
Rory Douglas Speed and Nadine Mulkerrin
The couple – who play Cleo McQuee and Joel Dexter in Hollyoaks – welcomed their baby son Reggie in October last year.
The loved-up pair got engaged in a December 2018 trip to Amsterdam – just over a year after they announced they were dating.
Lesley Dunlop and Chris Chittell
Yet another couple to have hooked up in the Dales are Lesley and Chris, who play Brenda Hope and Eric Pollard.
They fell for each other long before their characters started up a romance on screen.
Both of their alter egos have since married other people on the show – Brenda’s with Bob while Eric was widowed when Val died – but they got wed in real life in 2016.
Chris has singled out meeting Lesley as a highlight of his 30 years on Emmerdale. Aww!
Anthony Cotton and Peter Eccleston
Sean Tully may be unlucky in love on the cobbles, but in real life Anthony’s met his Prince Charming.
He started dating long-term partner Peter in 2005, after they met when he was working as an assistant props buyer on Corrie.
While they have exchanged rings, they haven’t yet made it down the aisle.
Georgia Taylor and Mark Letheren
The actress, who plays Toyah Battersby on Coronation Street, has been with fellow actor Mark since they met on the set of Casualty in 2008.
She was playing medic Ruth Winters, while Mark made a guest appearance as psychiatrist Ben Harding.
The couple and their two cats share a home in Bristol.
Jane Danson and Robert Beck
Like her on-screen sister, Jane’s character Leanne Battersby has not had an easy ride when it comes to fellas.
Thankfully she’s happy and settled with former Brookside star Robert Beck in real life, whom she met at the British Soap Awards in 1999.
Jane had lusted after Rob long before meeting him in person, having fancied his Brookie character Peter Harrison when she was a teenager!
They wed in 2005 and have two children.
Sophie Austen and Shayne Ward
Ex-Corrie star Shayne and former Hollyoaks star Sophie managed to find each other through friends.
Sophie gave birth to their daughter Willow in December 2016.
Last year the actor told Lorraine Kelly that they have had to postpone their wedding because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Amy-Leigh Hickman and Shaheen Jafargholi
Amy-Leigh and Shaheen met in 2016 while both appearing on EastEnders.
While Amy-Leigh’s character Linzi Bragg played Jay Brown’s underage girlfriend, Shaheen’s alter ego Shakil was embroiled in a revenge porn plot following the breakdown of his relationship with Bex Fowler.
The pair are one of the youngest real life soap couples, but they’re clearly head over heels about each other – judging by the loved-up snaps on social media.
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