With long days and intense filming schedules, a soap set hardly seems like the most romantic of places.
But as well as documenting the lusty antics of its characters on screen, Soapland has long been a breeding ground for some of the hottest celeb hookups.
Emmerdale, Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks have sparked real life romance between a slew of stars, with some going on to tie the knot in top-secret weddings, while others got caught in tricky love triangles.
Here, The Mirror reveals some of the biggest love stories and splits that happened out of sight of the cameras...
Joe Duttine and Sally Carman (Tim Metcalfe and Abi Franklin, Coronation Street)
Sally, 38, and Joe, 49, got together in 2018 - a year after Sally joined the cast as ex-con Abi Franklin.
In November 2019 they moved into their first home together and last March they thrilled fans by announcing their engagement.
"She said yes, covid 19 can f*** off," Joe captioned a snap of the couple clinking glasses with Sally's emerald sparkler on display.
And Sally recently revealed that things can get quite complicated on set due to the fact that Abi is best friends with Tim's on-screen wife, Sally Metcalfe.
"It's funny because Sally [Dynevor], who plays Sally [Metcalfe], is called Sally, and I'm called Sally. And her real-life husband is called Tim, so it's very confusing," she told ITV's Lorraine.
Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry (Cain Dingle and Rhona Goskirk, Emmerdale)
Zoe and Jeff met at drama school years before joining Emmerdale, and for Jeff, it was love at first sight.
"We met at drama school in 1994. I saw Zoe and realised she was the girl for me," he said.
Jeff popped the question the night Zoe won the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the?Manchester Evening News' theatre awards and they married in a low-key ceremony in 2003.
Daughter Violet arrived in 2005 followed by son Stan in 2008, and the couple enjoy a quiet private life, growing vegetables on their allotment.
On screen, Zoe - who plays vet Rhona - has said she prefers not to have scenes with Jeff's bad boy character Cain.
She told Inside Soap: “There was another scene where Rhona got a bit drunk and tried it on with Cain in the Woolpack.?
“That was horrendous to film, as I was so nervous about having to work with Jeff!
“I think we probably both prefer not to work together!”
Joe Swash and Kara Tointon (Mickey Miller and Dawn Swan, EastEnders)
Joe joined the cast as Mickey Miller in 2003 and met Kara when she arrived to play Mickey's sister Dawn Swann in 2015.
She dated co-star James Alexandrou (Martin Fowler) for a year. However, love finally blossomed between Kara and Joe just before he flew to Australia to take part in I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!?in November 2008.
And he could hardly believe his luck, telling Now magazine he was 'punching well above' his weight.
Kara was equally smitten, revealing she had marriage on her mind and even hoped to start a family with the actor.
But in May 2010 the devastated actress pulled the plug and apparently fled to Marbella with friends to 'get her head together'.
So what went wrong?
While Kara has never dished the dirt, Joe admitted he was to blame.
"It was all down to me, and nothing to do with Kara," he confessed at the time.
"She genuinely does everything right. It was my fault it broke down. I didn't know what I had until she was gone."
Kara is now expecting her second child with doctor boyfriend Marius Jensen, while Joe and partner Stacey Solomon welcomed son Rex last May.
Tina O'Brien and Ryan Thomas (Sarah Platt and Jason Grimshaw, Coronation Street)
On screen, Tina's character Sarah was dating Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) before he came out as gay and she married his brother Jason ( Ryan Thomas ) instead in 2007.
But in real life, Tina dated Bruno Langley for a year before getting with Jason in 2003 - a move she feared could have sparked some awkward moments due to the friendship between the actors.
"It was five months later when I got together with Ryan and I was worried about it as he's a friend of Bruno. But we worked hard to make sure there wasn't any tension between the three of us," she told The Mirror in 2007, revealing she stuck the lips on Ryan after a night out.
"Ryan and me are for keeps. I think we'll be together for ever, fingers crossed. I don't see myself with anyone else," she continued.
She quit the soap that same year to have daughter Scarlett, nine, but Ryan ended their relationship before their daughter's first birthday.
"He said he didn't love me any more," she told new! magazine, admitting she begged him to change his mind.
The pair are now on good terms and Tina rejoined Corrie in 2015 before Ryan left the following year to star in Neighbours.
He now has baby son Roman with his former TOWIE star fiancée Lucy Mecklenburgh, while Tina has four-year-old son Beau with husband Adam Crofts.
Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden (Debbie Dingle and David Metcalfe, Emmerdale)
The couple met when David joined the show four years after Charley in 2006.
He popped the question on Christmas Day in 2009 and they went on to have sons Buster and Bowie.
However, when Emmerdale writers considered getting their characters together on screen, the pair was quick to shut it down.
"They once told us they were considering it and we were the first to ring up and ask for it not to happen!" Matthew told OK!.
"It's too much - living with each other, working with each other and then being romantically linked in the show together. Also, they are characters who wouldn't suit,” Charley agreed.
Finally after a nine year engagement, the couple invited friends and family - including Charley's actor brother Jamie Lomas - to her '30th birthday party', only to surprise them with a wedding.
"That moment when we announced what we were doing and seeing everybody’s reaction is the best moment of my life," she told OK! magazine.
Jonny Clarke and Stephanie Davis (Sinead O'Connor and Bart McQueen, Hollyoaks)
Steph joined the soap at 16 and was just a fresh-faced teen when their on-screen romance spilled over into real life in 2010.
Compared to her subsequent - and disastrous - relationship with Jeremy McConnell, the love birds kept their fling low-key, so much so that little is known about when or why they split.
She later dated co-star Charlie Clapham, who played her on-screen husband Freddie Roscoe.
Sammy Winward and James Sutton (Katie Sugden and Ryan Lamb, Emmerdale)
They hooked up on and off camera when James joined the show during a break from playing Jean Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks in 2009.
But they split the following year, with a source telling The Sun, “Sammy and James seemed perfect for each other. Everyone thought they would go the distance.
“They are a strikingly gorgeous couple and the chemistry you saw on screen was there in real life, too.
“It’s a shame they’ve split up, but they’re both being very professional."
He briefly moved on with Catherine Tyldesley - who briefly played his prison officer Abi Peterson before joining Corrie - and married Rachael Sutton in September 2018.
Sammy had daughter Mia, five, with footballer ex David Dunn.
Lesley Dunlop and Chris Chittell (Brenda Hope and Eric Pollard, Emmerdale)
Lesley started dating Chris after she joined the show in 2008, and married him in Cornwall in 2016.
Chris sweetly said that meeting his wife has been the highlight of his three decades on the show - although he can't remember who asked who out.
"It was weird. Somehow we’d never met before and we just kept bumping into each other at work," he told the Daily Record.
"I can’t even remember if I asked her for a date or she asked me but she is wonderful and we’re very happy.
"For some people, working together would be a nightmare but we love it. We make a point of not talking about Emmerdale when we’re at home, though – that would be just too sad, wouldn’t it?"