Emmerdale star Amy Walsh says it was a ‘twist of fate’ that she met boyfriend Toby-Alexander Smith.
The Tracy Metcalfe actress has revealed how she met the EastEnders actor for the first time after announcing that they’re expecting their first child.
The soap stars said their pregnancy news came as a shock as despite trying for a baby.
They thought it’d be a lengthy process after Amy, 34, was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries when she was 20.
But within two months Amy was pregnant and the couple are due at Christmas time.
Amy and Toby, who plays Gray Atkins in the BBC soap, have kept their relationship very much out of the spotlight up until now.
They first went public with their relationship last Christmas when they were pictured on the red carpet at the opening night of A Christmas Carol in London.
And the pair met in the audience of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2019 when Amy was supporting Emmerdale co-star Kelvin Fletcher and Toby was cheering on co-star Emma Barton.
“The twists of fate that came into play to make us meet are crazy,” Amy told OK! Magazine.
“Jamie Laing was supposed to be in it that year but he broke his ankle so Kelvin Fletcher replaced him, and Toby wasn’t even supposed to be in the audience that week.”
“It only came out when we spoke to each other and we put two and two together and were like, ‘So you do that and I do that.’ We didn’t even say the words Emmerdale or EastEnders.
As well as that, the couple didn’t even know they were both appearing in rival soaps when they met.
“After the show someone sent me a screenshot of us in the audience and I sent it to my best friend and joked, ‘Me and my future husband,’ just thinking it was going to be a date,” Amy said.
“But after our first date I was like, ‘This is it!’.”
The couple found themselves speeding up their romance after country went into lockdown four months after they met.
They kept up a long-distance relationship at first before taking the plunge and moving in together.
“We were so happy, but we were thinking, ‘How will we ever know what it’s like to live together when Amy is up north and I’m down south?’,” Toby said.
“Then lockdown happened so we had to make the decision quite early on to move in together. It was a no-brainer! I moved into Amy’s and those three months we had together 24/7 were the best three months of my life.”
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