Coronation Street real-life couples including Sue Nicholls and Mark Eden

The Audrey Roberts and Alan Bradley actors found love on the cobbles

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Coronation Street is a hot-bed of love, romance and relationships, so it’s little wonder it spilled over into real life for the likes of Sue Nicholls and Mark Eden.

The Street has produced many a real-life couple – and has even resulted in four marriages!

Sue Nicholls and Mark Eden

The longest-lasting duo are Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) and Mark Eden (Alan Bradley) who married in 1993.

Mark Eden and Sue Nicholls leaving Coronation Street studios, Manchester. Photo take: 4th October 2013 Pictured: Mark Eden and Sue Nicholls,Mark Eden Sue Nicholls Ref: SPL966140 030315 NON-EXCLUSIVE Picture by: Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles: 310-821-2666 New York: 212-619-2666 London: 0207 644 7656 Milan: 02 4399 8577 World Rights
Still as in love as ever (Credit:

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Mark starred on the show from 1986 until 1989 when his character, the mean and nasty Alan, was killed off while chasing Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) and was hit by a tram.

Sue has been with the cast of Coronation Street since 1979 and has been a firm favourite with viewers ever since.

Mark Eden’s death was announced on January 1, 2021.

The late Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow, was also wed to a fellow cast member after meeting on the set in 1990.

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by ITV/REX/Shutterstock (8979025hh) Anne Kirkbride (as Deirdre Barlow) and David Beckett (as Dave Barton) "Coronation Street" TV Series - 1990 Coronation Street is a long running Television soap opera set in the fictional North of England town of Weatherfield. Created by Tony Warren. First broadcast on December 9th, 1960. Produced by ITV Granada.
Deirdre and Dave didn’t last, but their alter egos did (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Anne Kirkbride and David Beckett

Her husband-to-be was David Beckett, who played her on-screen boyfriend, joiner Dave Barton, between April and September 1990.

The pair hit it off and married in 1992. They remained together until her death, aged 60, from breast cancer in January 2015.

Corrie icon Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) was also married to her on-screen husband in real life.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mike Hollist/ANL/REX/Shutterstock (1809729a) Actress Pat Phoenix (died 9/86) With Her Coronation Street Co-star Alan Browning Who Became Her Second Husband.. Actress Pat Phoenix (died 9/86) With Her Coronation Street Co-star Alan Browning Who Became Her Second Husband..
Pat and Alan found love on set (Credit: Mike Hollist/ANL/REX/Shutterstock)

Pat Phoenix and Alan Browning

Alan Browning, who played Alan Howard, arrived on the cobbles in 1969 and left in 1974. Elsie and Alan married on-screen in 1970 and left for a new life in Newcastle in 1973.

Off-screen, Alan became Pat’s second husband when they wed on December 23, 1972.

Elsie and Alan split up in 1976 and she returned to Weatherfield, however, in real life Pat and Alan remained married until he died from liver failure, as a result of alcohol problems, in 1979.

Alan Halsall and Lucy-Jo Hudson

The fourth marriage Coronation Street has produced was that of Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) and Lucy-Jo Hudson (Katy Harris).

Lucy-Jo and Alan married then split then reunited then split again (Credit:

Although their characters never dated on-screen, they hit it off off-screen in 2002. They confirmed their relationship in 2005, which was the same year Lucy-Jo left the soap when her character killed her father, Tommy Harris (Thomas Craig) and then took her own life by inducing a diabetic attack when she was unable to live with the guilt.

The couple stayed together despite her departure from the cobbles and married in 2009. They welcomed a daughter, Sienna Rae, in 2013, but called time on their marriage in 2016.

They reunited later that year, but split up again in May 2018, and while Alan has remained single, recently telling his fans he will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, Lucy-Jo has moved in with her new boyfriend Lewis Devine, and they now have a baby son together.

Tina O’Brien and Ryan Thomas

Unlike Lucy-Jo and Alan, Corrie co-stars Tina O’Brien (Sarah Platt) and Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw) never married, but did get together after meeting on the Street, and now share daughter Scarlett together.

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Tina and Ryan share a daughter together (Credit: Z. Tomaszewski / WENN)

Tina had been dating Ryan’s on-screen brother Bruno Langley (Todd Grimshaw) before she got together with Ryan in 2002. They stayed together until 2009, welcoming Scarlett in October 2008.

The pair remain amicable despite their split, with Ryan even being invited to Tina’s wedding to Adam Crofts, with whom she shares her second child, Beau, on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Ryan is now engaged to former TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh… and they welcomed a baby son, Roman, in 2020.

Rob Mallard and Daniel Brocklebank

Elswehere, Rob Mallard (Daniel Osbourne) sparked rumours of romance with Billy Mayhew actor Daniel Brocklebank when they hit the red carpet together at the LGBT Awards in 2017.

Confirming they were together, Rob tweeted at the time: “Thanks for all the kind comments! I have indeed bagged the ‘notorious’ @Dan_Brocklebank.”

Meanwhile Daniel responded: “It’s true! @Rob_Mallard only came round to put some shelves up and it went from there.”

The British LGBT Awards 2017, Grand Connaught Rooms, London UK, 12 May 2017, Photo by Brett D. Cove Pictured: Daniel Brocklebank,Rob Mallard,Adele Roberts
Daniel and Rob debuted their romance in May 2017 (Credit:

Rob then thanked his boyfriend at the British Soap Awards during his acceptance speech for Best Newcomer telling the audience: “Even though this is fantastic, Dan you’re the best thing I’ve ever taken home.”

But sadly the couple called it quits two months later due to the strain of working together and being in a relationship.

Nicola Thorp and Charlie De Melo

Another Corrie couple to bite the dust are Nicola Thorp (Nicola Rubenstein) and Charlie De Melo (Imran Habeeb).

Nicola Thorp, Charlie de Melo (Credit: Instagram @missnicolathorp)
Nicola and Charlie called time earlier this month (Credit: Instagram @missnicolathorp)

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It was reported that Nicola and Charlie had called time on their romance after 10 months together, even though they’d been friends for 10 years. They are said to remain friends.

Joe Duttine and Sally Carman

The most recent rumoured Corrie couple are Joe Duttine (Tim Metcalfe) and Sally Carmen (Abi Franklin).

The pair were spotted walking hand in hand to the ITV summer party in August 2018 after reportedly telling colleagues about their romance. They are now engaged.

According to The Sun a source said they “met at the right time in their lives” and everyone “thinks it’s a match made in heaven.”

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