CASUALTY’S Chelsea Halfpenny has revealed she’s married to her teenage sweetheart – 16 years after she first met him.
The actress – who also played Amy Wyatt in Emmerdale – first met James Baxter at age 14 during a drama workshop.
The couple reunited at the National Television Awards in 2018 and six months later they went on their first date – when James proposed last year.
The 30-year-old star recalls her first meeting with James, 31, nearly two decades ago.
“I really adore him and he doesn’t like me at all! He’s over a year old and I think he’s really cool, but I also remember thinking, ‘Well, it’s no surprise that he is. not interested, because he is just so many years older than me! “, she told the Mirror.
Amy played Val and Eric Pollard’s troubled adopted child in 2010, she caused chaos in the village and fed up residents in a series of storylines – but in 2013 Chelsea confirmed that she She’s leaving The Dales.
Meanwhile, James played Arthur Thomas’ half-brother Jake Doland a few months before Chelsea joined the soap.
Chelsea explains how her Emmerdale co-stars talked about James on set.
“I know exactly who they’re talking about because I miss this gorgeous boy with messy hair that I love so much!” she speaks.
The pair then met again at the NTA Awards in 2018 – Chelsea attended with BBC One’s Casualty for her portrayal of Alicia Munroe and James joined the cast of Still Open All Hours.
She revealed that it was James’ turn to “go after her” after she had feelings for him for many years.
The actress announced her engagement in June and showed off her stunning ring on Instagram.
She also shared a teenage moment with her new fiancé James Baxter when she admitted that he was her childhood sweetheart.
The brunette beauty blushed: “He liked it so he went to put a style ring on it!!!!!!!!!
“Obv instantly changed her name to ‘FIANCÈ 💚’ on my phone. Also congrats to my 14 year old girl for managing to get the pointy-haired boy she loves so much. 😍 ✨”
In the first picture, both James and Chelsea beamed in a selfie, with the star proudly showing off her ring as she clutched a glass of championship wine.
The gold band features a beautiful emerald rock that sparkles in the sun.
The second image is upside down, with James’ famous spiky hair on full display, and the Chelsea teenager’s poker straight curls with blonde highlights.
The final photo is a shot of the happy couple laughing together in a garden, with Chelsea clutching a beer bottle.
Her Emmerdale co-stars were quick to congratulate her in the comments section of the Instagram post, with Charley Webb writing: “Basically the best news of my life.”
Sammy Winward spat out: “The best news in life!!!! ✨
“So happy for both of you. The most desirable couple and that ring!! True heaven.”
Chelsea joined ITV as Amy in 2010, where she played the lead role for three years.
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