Former Hollyoaks star Ali Bastian gets engaged to boyfriend David after just 18 months – after he reveals he had her poster on his wall at uni

The 36-year-old, who is best known for playing Becca Dean on the soap, revealed David popped the question after just 18 months of dating.

David had been planning on proposing during a romantic break in Bali, but couldn’t wait that long and asked her following a trip to a musical on her birthday – leaving Ali shocked.

She told OK! Magazine: “Even though we’d discussed marriage, it took me completely by surprise. I still think, has this really happened?’”

But she’s already got big plans for the big day, revealing it will actually be three days: “We’re planning three celebrations. We want to get married in London followed by a cocktail party and then a blessing in Bali.”

Her new fiancé is also delighted – admitting she had been his teenage crush: “I had Ali’s poster on my wall at uni! I wish I could go back to my 19-year-old self and say: ‘It’ll be great, don’t worry!’”

“It’s great to be inspired by someone who has had such an incredible career.”

Ali previously dated her Hollyoaks co-star and on-screen husband Kevin Dacre for around two years, before splitting in 2006.

In 2013 she announced her engagement to musician Tom Clay, but they never made it down the aisle.

Fans will remember Ali for her longstanding role in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, which she appeared in from 2001- 2007.

Her character famously went to prison following an affair with one of her students.

In 2009 Ali appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, where she was patterned with Brian Fortuna and came in an impressive third place.

Read the full interview with Ali in OK! Magazine out now

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