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Rachel Shenton secretly married former Hollyoaks co-star Chris Overton after Oscar win


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Former Hollyoaks star Rachel Shenton secretly married fiancé Chris Overton following their Oscar win.

The couple tied the knot after scooping an Academy Award for their short film, The Silent Child, in March, the actress told The Sun Online.

Rachel, 30, played Mitzeee Minniver in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and met then co-star Chris, also 30, in 2010 while he was appearing as Liam McAllister.

Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton
Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton have married following their Oscar win (Credit: Matt Crossick/PA)

They married in a ceremony attended by their friends and family.

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Rachel told the website: “We got married not that long ago in amongst all the madness!

“It was a very private event, we wanted to keep it private, but I am so happy though. It has been a very good year, I don’t know what we are going to do next year!”

Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton
Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton, who have tied the knot, met while both starring in Hollyoaks (Credit: Ian West/PA)

Asked how their lives had changed since winning an Oscar, Rachel said: “I mean Chris and I are a bit boring and normal so I don’t think it has changed that much day to day really but it has certainly changed us creatively in terms of what we want to do and the meetings we’ve found ourselves in and doors that have been opened.”

Rachel, originally from Stoke-on-Trent, dreamed up the idea for The Silent Child in her bedroom.

She wrote and starred in the picture.

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
How amazing! (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The film, which starred a then six-year-old deaf British girl, Maisie Sly, won best live action short film at the Oscars.

Rachel and Chris, who directed the film, previously told how they raised funds for the film with the help of their parents, who made and sold cupcakes.

The couple had said they’re hopeful their Oscar success will open more doors for them, but more than anything they want to raise awareness for the deaf community.

They spoke to Holly and Phil on This Morning from LA on the night of the Oscars (Credit: ITV)

They appeared on This Morning via video link the night of the Oscars to talk about their win.

The couple revealed how they’d gone to one party after the ceremony and done a few interviews, but then left to get a burger and go back to their flat to meet up with the film’s crew.

Unfortunately, they managed to miss out on the legendary Oscars goodie bag after skipping out of the party early. Oops!

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They said the win hasn’t sunk in yet (Credit: ITV)

Phil reminded them the bags were worth thousands of pounds, prompting Chris to say: “Don’t say that!”

“I don’t know how we did this,” said Rachel. “We left with the Oscars – crazy! – and were in a bit of a whirlwind. We met our parents, met Maisie, made sure they were okay, then we went to the Governor’s Ball to get the Oscars engraved. Then we left and it was only when we got to the flat we realised we never got the goodie bag!”

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