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We loved to hate him on Mr Selfridge, and now Leon Ockenden is set to play quite a different role.

Coronation Street has cast the bad boy to play Michelle Connor's ex-boyfriend in the soap.

The actor, who is best known for his role as Harry's son-in-law in Mr Selfridge will be playing the part of groom-to-be Will.

His first scenes will see him book an appointment with wedding planner Michelle, played by Kym Marsh, and even though the former lovers haven't seen each other in years, sparks start to fly.

We're looking forward to seeing if Will will destroy Michelle's relationship with Steve McDonald (probably) or if he'll turn out to be the good guy (probably not). 



Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is said to be ‘heartbroken’ this weekend, with the revelation that she and fiancé Dan Hooper are over for good.

Kym and Dan shocked fans and followers everywhere last month, when they confirmed that they were on a break. Kym went on to make an emotional appearance on ITV’s This Morning, during which she admitted that the pair had been going through “a really difficult time”.

Now, sources have revealed that the couple’s seven-month engagement is off and they have split indefinitely.

“Kym is heartbroken. She carried on wearing her ring after she and Dan decided to take a break and hoped they’d get back together,” a Coronation Street insider said this weekend.

The insider added: “It has become clear there is no way back for them. There are a lot of feelings still there, but the engagement was too much, too soon, and seems to have driven a wedge between them. Neither was prepared to go through with the marriage when it wasn’t right.”

Kym and Dan’s 18-month romance was not without its fair share of controversy. Dan had just come out of a five-year relationship with Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring – with whom he has a daughter – when he and Kym got together, resulting in a high-profile spat between the two actresses.

Let’s hope these two can remain friends.



She has found herself at the centre of plenty of controversy over the past year, so we can understand why actress Kym Marsh would be pretty peeved today.

Reports emerged this weekend claiming that the Coronation Street star had sacked her fiancé Dan Hooper as her personal trainer, in a bid to ‘save their relationship’.

An unnamed source told The Mirror: “They were bickering in the gym so she has decided to get rid of him for the sake of their relationship.”

However, Kym had a different version of events, and took to Twitter to angrily deny the claims from the so-called ‘source’.

A furious Kym wrote: “How on earth could I have ‘sacked’ Dan as my PT when he was never my PT in the first place!!!”

Her rep further dismissed the claims in a statement, saying: “Needless to say this story is completely untrue. Kym’s personal trainer is Anthony Bingham and has been for some time. Kym and Dan are very happy in their relationship.”

The story comes just a week after Kym and Dan celebrated what has been a dramatic year together. The couple found themselves at the centre of controversy when they first went public with their romance, just six weeks after Dan split from his long-term partner, Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring.

Waring had publicly blasted the pair at the time, criticising them for being insensitive towards her former relationship with Dan.



It looks like it’s all over for Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring and her boyfriend Riad Erraji, amid claims that their romance broke down after the ‘holiday from hell’.

Stephanie, who fell out with actress Kym Marsh after she began dating her ex, Dan Hooper, is believed to have called off the relationship after a series of arguments while on holiday together in Dubai.

A source told The Sun newspaper that the break-up was on the cards for a while: “They weren’t getting on and the holiday was the final nail in the coffin.”

Stephanie and Riad, who was previously married to Atomic Kitten singer Natasha Hamilton, began quietly dating towards the end of last year.

Stephanie hinted at the split on her social media on Thursday night. Heading on a night out with a friend, she retweeted a message which read: "Cannot wait to see you! #SingleLadies #GotTheWifeBack".

With the split sounding far from amicable, we’re sure we can expect a word or two on social media in the coming days!



It has been reported that Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has gotten engaged to her boyfriend Dan Hooper!

The couple have been dating for seven months and now The Sun have reported that Dan has asked the actress and singer to marry him. 

Dan is said to have made the proposal at a luxury hotel in Manchester before taking his bride-to-be somewhere in Europe to celebrate.


A source for the couple have said that family and friend have been told about the engagement and everybody is very excited: “Kym is the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever seen her and it’s purely down to Dan. She can’t wait to become his wife … They’ve told their children and immediate family members who have all given them their blessing.”

Kym’s divorce from Jamie Lomas was finalised back in January of this year and the couple have two children together, baby Archie who sadly passed away in 2009, and Polly who is three-years-old. Kym is also a mum to 19-year-old David and 17-year-old Emilie. 

Though the couple have yet to confirm the happy news but we wish them all the best on their engagement!



Hollyoaks star Stephanie Waring has branded Kym Marsh ”heartless”’ for dating her ex-boyfriend.

Stephanie said Coronation Street actress Kym broke an “unwritten” rule by dating her ex and the father of her baby Dan Hooper.

The actress said she was devastated when she heard that the Corrie star and mum-of-three had been linked to 31-year-old Dan, who she has a three-year-old daughter Lexi-Grace with.

Kym and personal trainer Dan were pictured together hand-in-hand as they made their way into a club on Thursday evening after Kym judged the annual Miss Manchester beauty pageant.

Stephanie said, “She’s carried on with him knowing what it’s done to me. It is killing me.

“I considered her a friend who I’ve known for years. I had no idea that she would ever do anything like this… There is an unwritten rule that if you are friends with somebody you don’t go near their ex partners.”

The 36-year-old star also branded Kym “heartless” for her romance with Dan.

But the Corrie actress has dismissed the claims saying she’s disappointed in her pal for not speaking to her in person.

A spokesperson for Kym said, “Kym and Dan are not in a relationship but have both been single for some time and are entitled to socialise with whomever they wish. Kym has more dignity than to respond further.”




Coronation Street star Kym Marsh’s ex-husband reportedly punched her ex-boyfriend in a nightclub row.

Police are investigating claims that Kym’s ex-husband – Eastenders’ actor Jamie Lomas – attacked Matt Baker, who dated the Corrie star earlier this year.

Personal trainer Matt, 24, who went out with Kym, 37, for six weeks, has apparently told officers he was set upon at a Manchester bar.

Jamie had earlier posed for a series of pictures with female fans at the venue which were posted on Twitter.

Kym and Jamie, who have two-year daughter Polly together, divorced in January after claims she had an affair with Corrie co-star Oliver Mellor.

Kym accused Jamie of ignoring their child in January when he posted pictures of him partying in Hollywood.

But the actor, who has a son Billy from a previous relationship said, “My children are the most important people in my life.”

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