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Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell and her fiancé, actor Joe Parker, are preparing to get married after he popped the question in April.

The couple, both 27, moved in together at the start of last year and have gone from strength to strength ever since. Opening up about their first date, Ali told OK!: “It was near Waterloo, wasn’t it?” Joe added: “Yeah, in that nice tapas restaurant near The Old Vic,” before Ali said: “It was really nice. We’ll have to go back there now.”

Joe tells us that he originally planned to propose in Paris, where they’d hoped to be celebrating Ali’s birthday, but with restrictions still blighting travel plans he decided to get down on one knee in the couple’s kitchen instead.

“I knew the type of ring she wanted and I saw a stone that was just perfect. I didn’t have any idea how long it would take to make, but it came a lot sooner than I thought!” he explained.

“I had to get it from London but, luckily, I was there for work, so I managed to sneak off without Ali knowing.”

Ali continued: “The end of lockdown was approaching, but we’ve actually been enjoying our indoor date nights. So we thought we’d have a big Italian feast. Joe put on some Italian music and made a spag bol. He spent all Friday night making it ready for Saturday.

He said: “I nearly burnt it on Saturday, didn’t I?” before Ali added: “He’d been making it for hours! You didn’t know you were going to propose that day though, did you?

“Yeah, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing. I was trying to think of ways I could do it but nothing was open. The original plan was to propose in Paris, which we’d booked for Ali’s birthday, but that got cancelled so I went for the kitchen instead.”

Opening up in more detail, the actress said: “We’d finished dinner and were dancing to some Italian music. We started talking about how we’ve been really lucky in lockdown to have had such a nice time together when Joe disappeared.

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“I thought he was going to the toilet, so I started doing the washing-up. When he came back he told me to leave the pans and asked me to dance again. Next thing I know he was down on one knee.”

On their future, Ali said: “I’m so excited, I think it’ll be lovely. It’ll be weird and nice to have the same name and to be able to call Joe my husband. I keep calling myself “Future Mrs Parker”. It sounds so mature.

“I can’t believe we’re at the age where we’re getting married and all our friends are having kids. Where does the time go?”

Whether they have plans to start a family, she said: “We definitely want to have a family, but we’ll wait a bit longer before having any kids.”

Joe added: “For sure, but we’ve got a lot more travelling to do and fun to have.”

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