EastEnders' Shona McGarty celebrates new relationship milestone

EastEnders star Shona McGarty has celebrated a new milestone in her relationship with boyfriend David Bracken.

The actress, who plays Whitney Dean in the soap, is enjoying an international holiday with her partner for the first time, as well as meeting his family in Ireland.

Bracken has shared an Instagram photo of the couple posing in their plane seats, with hearts and devil horns drawn on their heads.

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"Family time and our first flight together. @shonabmx #family #ireland #bestfriends #love #myworld", the musician captioned the post.

The photo received plenty of love from his followers, with one commenting, "Gorgeous photo", and another writing, "Cuties".

The couple appear to have got together over the summer, with McGarty speaking publicly about her new relationship for the first time in September when she shared a snap of herself and Bracken attending a wedding together.

Bracken, who is part of Irish band Blessed, shared a birthday tribute to his girlfriend earlier this month, posting a photo of the couple kissing on Instagram and calling McGarty "The Most Amazing, Beautiful, Kind, Funniest, Kind-Hearted Person I Know", adding, "You Are My World".

McGarty previously dated her EastEnders co-star Max Bowden, who plays Ben Mitchell, and the actress confirmed following their split that their friendship was "actually better than ever" and that they are "in such a good place" after the break-up.

It was confirmed over the summer that McGarty is leaving her role as Whitney after 15 years in the soap, with the actress saying, "I have decided to spread my wings and will be leaving EastEnders".

She is expected to appear on screen until early 2024.

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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