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Former Emmerdale stars Chelsea Halfpenny and James Baxter announce they are ENGAGED


‘He put a ring on it!’ Emmerdale stars Chelsea Halfpenny and James Baxter announce they’re ENGAGED – two years after confirming their romance

  • Chelsea Halfpenny, 29, revealed James Baxter, 30, had proposed on Sunday
  • Loved-up pair, who were both on Emmerdale, confirmed romance two years ago
  • The soap actress shared glimpse of her gold and emerald ring with her followers, joking ‘ He liked it so he went and put a friggin ring on it!’

Chelsea Halfpenny has revealed she’s engaged to her former Emmerdale co-star James Baxter. 

The soap actress, 29, took to Instagram on Sunday to share a selfie with her new fiancé, 30, with a glass of champagne, informing her followers that he had popped the question. 

Chelsea, who played the role of Amy Wyatt, first confirmed her romance with the soap hunk, who played Jake Doland, in November 2018. 

Wedding bells: Chelsea Halfpenny, 29, has revealed she's engaged to her former Emmerdale co-star James Baxter, 30, in an Instagram post she shared on Sunday

Wedding bells: Chelsea Halfpenny, 29, has revealed she’s engaged to her former Emmerdale co-star James Baxter, 30, in an Instagram post she shared on Sunday

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: ‘He liked it so he went and put a friggin ring on it!!!!!!!! Obv changed his name to ‘FIANCÈ  immediately on my phone.

‘Also congrats to my 14-year-old self on managing to get the boy with the spikey hair that she fancied so much.’

The brunette beauty also flashed her 20,000 followers a glimpse of her engagement ring – a gold band with an emerald stone – which appeared to match her necklace. 

In the sweet post, she also shared a picture of the couple when they were younger, showcasing James’s ‘spikey hair’.

Throwback: In the sweet post, she also shared a picture of the couple when they were younger, showcasing James's 'spikey hair'

Throwback: In the sweet post, she also shared a picture of the couple when they were younger, showcasing James’s ‘spikey hair’

Sweet: The soap actress took to social media to share a selfie with her new fiancé with a glass of champagne, informing her followers that he had popped the question

Sweet: The soap actress took to social media to share a selfie with her new fiancé with a glass of champagne, informing her followers that he had popped the question

Several famous faces took to the comments to share their happiness about their news. 

Podcaster Rosie Ramsey wrote: ‘Yeeeeees!!!! Congratulations. Lovely news xxx’

Emmerdale star Isabel Hodgins, who plays Victoria Sugden in the soap, wrote: ‘Oh chels!!!!!! Amazing news!!! Love you both!! Xxxx’

Sammy Winward, known for playing Katie Sugden in Emmerdale, wrote: ‘The best news in life!!!! So happy for you both. The dreamiest couple and that ring!! Actual heaven xxxx’ 

Co-workers: Chelsea and James (pictured as Jake) worked at ITV's Emmerdale at the same time

No onscreen relationship: Despite working at the soap at the same time, they never featured in any scenes together (Chelsea pictured as Amy)

Co-workers: Chelsea (pictured as Amy) and James (pictured as Jake) worked at ITV’s Emmerdale at the same time but never featured in any scenes together

Since announcing their relationship, Chelsea has regularly shared loved-up snaps of the pair, including several with the dog Alfonso.

It appears the pair had been dating for nearly a year before they went public with their romance.

Chelsea left the ITV soap in 2013 after taking on the role of Amy for three years and went on to star in 9 to 5 Musical.

Her character was replaced by Natalie Ann Jameson in 2019.

Surprising enough, Chelsea never interacted with James on set as he left in 2009 following two years on the soap.

Loved-up: Since announcing their relationship, Chelsea has regularly shared snaps of the pair, including several with the dog Alfonso

Loved-up: Since announcing their relationship, Chelsea has regularly shared snaps of the pair, including several with the dog Alfonso

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