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Friday 10th July 2020

Former Hollyoaks actor Ray Quinn reveals engagement to girlfriend Emily Ashleigh

Ray recently left the Channel 4 soap

Former Hollyoaks star Ray Quinn has got engaged to girlfriend Emily Ashleigh.

The actor took to Instagram last night (January 1 2020) to reveal his significant other has accepted his proposal after he popped the question.

He wrote: "Welcome to the family my Queen #shesaidyes."

Emily admitted it has been an "indescribable" experience falling in love with Ray, who portrayed Jonny Baxter on the Channel 4 soap from November 2018 to November 2019.

She wrote: "The most beautiful things are not seen or heard, but felt... Falling in love with you is just indescribable... Forever it is."

Ray was inundated with messages of congratulations following his post.

Ray played Jonny in Hollyoaks (Credit: YouTube/Hollyoaks)

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His former Hollyoaks co-star Jake Quickenden, who played Woody, wrote: "Congrats my bro x."

Gemma Collins and pro ice skater Mark Hanretty also posted their congratulations to the happy couple.

Ray's off-screen delight comes after he left Hollyoaks in November, when his far-right extremist character Jonny's hard-hitting plot reached its conclusion when his partner in crime Stuart Sumner was pushed off a cliff to his death by his son Sid Sumner.

And former Brookside star Ray later admitted the role had been the "opportunity of a lifetime", and he hopes the storyline will help to make a "better world" for his kids.

Jonny left Hollyoaks last month (Credit: YouTube/Hollyoaks)

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Speaking about the plot, which saw popular character Ste Hay radicalised by Stuart and Jonny, Ray said: "In the most part it's been positive and I'm really pleased to have been part of it.

"Plus, getting cast for something that I wouldn't usually have been considered for, after being in the West End and on reality TV, is an opportunity of a lifetime.

"Having the opportunity from [executive producer] Bryan Kirkwood to be cast in such a way is a chance to prove myself as an actor again."

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