EastEnders star Kellie Bright, best known for her role as Linda Carter on the BBC soap opera, has been on the show since arriving at Albert Square in 2013.
With her children and husband Mick, played by Danny Dyer, in tow, Linda decided to make the road her home and has been an iconic part of woodworking ever since.
Kellie’s character became Queen Vic’s hostess and was involved in some of the show’s most heartbreaking storylines, including an ambulance accident, alcoholism, bulimia nervosa, and most recently her divorce from Mick.
Aside from her role as Linda, Kellie seems to have a more relaxed approach to life.
She married her longtime partner Paul Stocker in 2014 and the couple have three children together.
Read on to delve into the couple’s love life away from the EastEnders drama.
Seven-year age gap
The couple first met when Paul was 24 and she was 31, but previously admitted she was concerned about the age gap when it came to their family plans.
He said OK! Magazine: “Reality has come into play. I was 31 and I wanted to have kids and Paul was 24 and he didn’t at the time. I felt it wasn’t fair to Paul, I was afraid he would resent me ”.
Kellie also said that her stint on Strictly Come Dancing “helped” the couple in that it “diverted attention from rehearsing” for a child and “the fact that he was nearly 40”.
The star reciprocated the haters who criticized her for having her third 45-year-old child and said that “if it were a man” then “no one would blink.”
He said OK! that Paul is “in his thirties” so “still hanging around with the kids”, which she thinks is “fantastic” for them.
Kellie gave birth to the couple’s third child in 2021 and underwent IVF treatment to conceive, while also frozen three embryos for future use.
The actress told The Mirror she was “so tired”: “But it was great! I’m trying to savor every little bit because these first few weeks are so precious and this is definitely my last [child]. “
The 45-year-old also revealed the rather unconventional way she was transported through the hospital during childbirth.
He said: “They told me to kneel [on the wheelchair] and hold on to your back. I was on my knees in this wheelchair as my waters came out of me. I’m in labor and this poor girl has to drag me down the halls!
The role of Paul EastEnders
EastEnders fans were stunned to see Paul in EastEnders in 2021 in a scene where Linda is attacked by a thug.
She was caught in the middle of a robbery at the Queen Vic after two criminals broke in and asked her to hand over the money.
Linda tried to call Mick, but was grabbed by one of the men, played by her real husband Paul.
Due to Covid-19 measures and social distancing rules, the EastEnders cast had to stay two meters away from each other, so Paul was able to make the scene as realistic as possible by touching his wife. during the robbery staged.
However, this isn’t Paul’s first acting gig.
Stocker previously appeared in Doctors, Casualty and opposite Hollywood stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy in 2007’s Atonement.
He is also a seasoned stage actor, having appeared in A Curious Case of the Dog in the Night and Six Degrees of Parting, to name a few.
Kellie and Paul actually met while acting together in a theatrical production.
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