Roxy Shahidi's husband proposed before they'd kissed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 October 2014
Roxy Shahidi

Roxy Shahidi

'Emmerdale' actress Roxy Shahidi's husband Arsher Ali proposed to her after knowing her for just two weeks and before they'd even kissed

Roxy Shahidi's husband proposed to her before they'd even kissed.

The 'Emmerdale' actress has revealed that her husband Arsher Ali asked her to marry him after knowing her for just two weeks.

Roxy - who met her actor partner while performing at the National Theatre in 2007 - told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "He just looked me in the eye at a cast party and said, 'Will you marry me?' I didn't answer and he said, 'You will be my wife' and that was it.

"I didn't know quite what to make of it because I didn't know him that well. I knew that he liked me but we hadn't really said anything. We hadn't even kissed!"

However, things soon got serious between the pair and they made their vows to each other at a blessing in 2010, although she admitted that they have yet to legalise their union by signing the marriage register.

She said: "We'll get round to it at some point I just don't think it's a massive priority that's all."

"My mum came over from Ireland. My auntie came over from the States and all of his family came - it was lovely. We view ourselves as man and wife. I call him my husband."

Despite saying that she's not in a "mega-crazy rush" to start a family, Roxy, who currently plays Leyla Harding on the ITV soap opera, admitted that hanging out with her co-star Natalie Anderson (who plays Alicia Gallagher) and her son Freddie had left her feeling "broody".

She said: "I love Freddie. He's great. He does make me broody because we really get on with each other. I'm quite pleased he likes me."

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