After he left his role in 2009, a number of producers worked on the show, resulting in a number of creative reinventions and changes in direction during this time.
Kirkwood's successor Lucy Allan stepped down from her position in 2010 after twelve months; The programme celebrated 20 years on Channel 4 in October 2015.
The blonde beauty - who was known for playing Stephanie Cunningham on the Channel 4 show - subtly revealed her beau had popped the question by posting a simple emoticon of a bride on her Twitter account, followed by a picture of a stack of wedding magazines piled on her floor.
The pair met recently and "instantly hit it off"The news comes just a few weeks after Jay opened up about his romance with the Oscar-winner, and revealed how Sam had supported him during his ongoing battle with anorexia."It's early days with Sam and I, but we have been hanging out a lot having drinks, like at Shoreditch House…
actress Carley Stenson has revealed that she is dating her co-star Ricky Whittle.
The 25-year-old, who plays Steph Dean on the Channel 4 soap, has finally come clean about her secret romance with Ricky (Calvin Valentine), which has been going on for several months."We've been going out for a while.
Then: Youngest of the four Hunter siblings, left the show to star alongside Marcus Patrick in Hollyoaks: In the City. The Bible Continues and last year starred in the second season of the BBC's In the Club.
Now: Atkinson has stayed in soap land, crossing the Pennines to star in ITV's Emmerdale as Carly Hope. Never actually cheated on anyone, which in Hollyoaks makes her some sort of saint. She also owns a boutique clothing store in Liverpool with her on-screen sisters Mercedes and Tina.