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Coronation Street star Jane Danson has been gracing our screens playing Leanne Battersby on-and-off for over two decades.
While most fans may feel they know the ins and outs of her life offscreen, many will be surprised to find out her history with fellow soap star Robert Beck.
Jane, 42, who was recently embroiled in a row with "disrespectful" co-star Vicky Entwistle, first joined the Cobbles back in 1997 for a three year stint before making her exit in 2000. She then made a comeback four years later and has been a key character on the show ever since.
However, many will be surprised to hear that her husband Robert Beck also starred on the hit ITV soap opera having joined the cast in 2008 before swiftly departing just one year later.
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The 52 year old, who has also starred in Brookside, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale, came onto the scene as character Jimmy Dockerson, who was the henchman of Tony Gordon.
While he may have starred on the show for 12 months, his relationship with wife Jane had already been solidified.
The pair, who were recently seen walking hand-in-hand as they walked their dog, first met in 1999 at the first ever British Soap Awards.
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Robert previously revealed to OK! magazine: “We met at the first ever Soap Awards back in 1999. I was in Emmerdale at the time. Jane came over and introduced herself.”
Jane added: “I’m not the world’s most confident person but I’d had a crush on Rob since I was 15, so I thought, I have to speak to him, it’s fate.
“Rob’s absolutely my best friend in the world. We’ve only had about two rows in twenty years. I’m not saying we don’t get on each other’s nerves sometimes but we’re a strong team and we’ve always allowed each other to be individuals,” she added.
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After years of friendship, which turned into a relationship, the loved-up couple tied the knot in 2005 before welcoming their first child Harry, 14, just one year later.
In 2009, Jane and Robert welcomed their second son, now-11 year old Sam, into the world.
In 2018, Jane spoke to OK! about her heartbreaking miscarriage, saying: “Sadly we lost our third child a few years ago – I found out I’d miscarried at the three-month scan.
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“It was heartbreaking and it took us a long time to get over it – I don’t think you ever do.
“There will always be that sadness there and there’ll always be that desire, but we’re getting older now and the boys are growing up. Sometimes you just have to appreciate what you have.”
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