EastEnders star announces engagement

22nd Jan 18 | Entertainment News

The happy couple are planning an Irish themed wedding

EastEnders actress Shona McGarty has revealed she is engaged to her boyfriend of 5 years, Ryan Harris.

Shona, who plays Whitney Carter in the soap, told OK! Magazine that Ryan surprised her with a proposal on her 26th birthday last October.

She said: 'Ryan threw me a surprise party for my birthday at a golf course and the choir who I sing with burst into song.”

“When I cut the cake, there was a box on the top of the cake with a ring inside. When I opened it there was a ring inside and I turned around and Ryan was down on one knee and I started crying."



"The engagement was a complete surprise, but we had spoken about marriage, just to check that we both wanted the same things."

The couple, who met through mutual friends back in 2013, are planning on getting married later in the year and Shona, whose family is Irish, wants to keep things traditional.

“We're getting married towards the end of the year in the UK. It’s been a bit stressful as there are so many decisions to make,” she said.

“We’d like an Irish-themed wedding as my family is from southern Ireland. I’ll be inviting my friends from EastEnders too.”

Ryan already has two children from a previous relationship and it looks like Shona wants to expand their family in the future.

“I come from a big Irish family so I want loads of children – we’d definitely like a large family."