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EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Corrie stars you didn’t know were related 

Some stars have proved that acting is in their genes by starring in Britain’s biggest soaps such as EastEnders and Coronation Street with their siblings or other relatives.

Other famous soap stars have some pretty big-shot relatives that you may not know they were related to.

MyLondon has cast an eye at some of the soap stars you might not have realised are related to each other in real life.

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Brooke Vincent and Ellie Leach

Ellie Leach and Brooke Vincent are cousins

Coronation Street actresses Brooke Vincent and Ellie Leach may play step-sisters Sophie Webster and Faye Windass on the soap, but they’re also related in real life

Gary Oldman and Laila Morse

This old chestnut – which, by now, many people will know.

But a new wave of people are only just discovering that Laila Morse from EastEnders (Big Mo) and Harry Potter star Gary Oldman are brother and sister.

The confusion could be due to the fact Laila changed her name when she was younger. The EastEnders star was born Maureen Oldman, but she was later given the stage name Laila Morse by a fellow actress.

Jamie Borthwick and Charlie Winter

Charlie, left, and Jamie are second cousins
Charlie, left, and Jamie are second cousins

EastEnders star Jamie Borthwick found out he was related to his co-star Charlie Winter after joining the cast of the show.

Jamie only made the discovery after having a hunch the pair were related and doing some investigating into his family background, OK! online reports.

He said: “My great uncle is called Charlie Winter, so when they said there was a kid coming in called Charlie Winter, I was like, ‘Seriously?’.

“Turns out we are second cousins.”

Charlie Webb and Jamie Lomas

EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Corrie stars you didn't know were related 
Jamie even walked her down the aisle when she got married.

Emmerdale’s Charley Webb is well known for playing Debbie Dingle for the past 18 years.

A little known fact is that her brother is also a soap star.

Her sibling is Jamie Lomas who played Warren Fox in Hollyoaks until 2011, and later Jake Stone in EastEnders. He is also a 2017 I’m a Celebrity finalist.

Jamie and his sister share a close bond and Jamie even walked her down the aisle when she got married.

Joe Swash and Shana Swash

EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Corrie stars you didn't know were related 
Shana was most recently seen supporting her brother at Dancing on Ice earlier in 2020.

I’m A Celebrity: Extra Camp host Joe Swash is the older brother of former EastEnders actress Shana Swash. The pair appeared on the soap together.

When Joe made his first appearance in Walford EastEnders bosses brought in his actual sister Shana Swash to play his on-screen sister.

Shana played Mickey’s pregnant 13-year-old sister before being written out of the show after two years.

Shana was most recently seen supporting her brother at Dancing on Ice in 2020.

Rita Simons and Lord Sugar

EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Corrie stars you didn't know were related 
Rita Simmons played Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders

You might not have known that Rita Simons (aka Roxy Mitchell from EastEnders) is actually the niece of businessman and famous host of The Apprentice Lord Alan Sugar.

The pair are not blood-related, but Lord Sugar is married to Rita’s aunt, Ann Simons.

Rick Neelan and Tommy Orpington

EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Corrie stars you didn't know were related 
Greg (left) and Matt are brothers who both appear in the ITV soap

Corrie’s Rick Neelan and Tommy Orpington are played by real-life brothers Greg Wood and Matt Milburn but have never shared a scene in the ITV soap.

Soap villain Rick made his first appearance on the cobbles in 2009, joining the soap to torment Joe McIntyre and threatening the character’s daughter.

Meanwhile, Matt played famous Weatherfield County footballer Tommy.

Matt previously played Joe Spencer in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.


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