Emmerdale star pays sweet tribute to fiance on his birthday

Emmerdale star Amy Walsh has shared a cute birthday message for her partner, former EastEnders star Toby-Alexander Smith.

Walsh, best known for the role of Tracy Metcalfe on the ITV soap, and Smith first met in 2019, when they were seated next to each other in the audience for an episode of Strictly Come Dancing. They got engaged last summer and have a daughter together, Bonnie May.

"Happy birthday beautiful man! Inside and out," Walsh wrote on Instagram, captioning a carousel of pictures of her and Smith.

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"The day I found you was the day it all made sense. I feel so unbelievably lucky to get to spend my life with you," she continued.

"Bring on the wedding!!!!"

Walsh and Smith – who played the role of villain Gray Atkins on EastEnders before exiting the soap last year – have previously discussed their upcoming wedding, saying they were looking at celebrating their big day abroad.

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Last December, Smith opened up on the details of his proposal, revealing that it didn't go according to plan.

He originally intended to pop the question on the beach after sharing a few cocktails with Walsh. However, she insisted on staying at the venue, with him asking her to be his wife in conversation.

"Then naturally, things came up in conversation about us spending the rest of our lives together and I seized the opportunity," the actor explained.

Walsh is currently taking a break from Emmerdale as she's on maternity leave. The actress briefly returned as Tracy for the soap's 50th anniversary last year, but explained her comeback was only temporary.

"[Executive producer Jane Hudson] very kindly offered to write me in and back out again so I didn't have to cut my maternity leave short but I still didn't miss out on the 50th celebrations so it was win-win!" she said at the time.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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