Faye Brookes and fiancé’s 15-year love story – from flatmates to whirlwind engagement

Faye Brookes and Iwan Lewis got engaged New Year's Eve after a romantic proposal. And although the pair had only been in a relationship for three months, they had actually known each other for 15 years and had enjoyed a firm friendship.

They even worked together on stage in the musical of Legally Blonde in 2011 and played each other's love interest of Elle and Emmett. They also lived together at one stage as flatmates.

Former Coronation Street actress Faye told OK! for our stunning engagement shoot: “On day one of rehearsals of Legally Blonde, we’d known each other for a few years by now, he came up to me and went, ‘By the end of this tour we’re going to be together.’ I was like, ‘Mate, no we’re not.'"

Faye Brookes’ engagement shoot: ‘I’ve waited so long for my happy ending’

“Emmett [was] the nerd who gets the girl in the end,” Iwan, 34, said. “Sometimes art imitates life. There’s always been chemistry, but we’ve never gone there, until now. It’s been written in the stars from the beginning. I’ve never been able to play it cool and I let Faye know, day one. "

Faye and Iwan got back in touch last year through mutual pals, and later that year there was a rare moment in time when both the Kate Connor actress and Iwan were single.

“I wasn’t going to let this opportunity slip – Faye’s not been single!” he said.

"Even in Legally she wasn’t single, so there was a window of opportunity and I thought, ‘That’s it. I’m going for it.’”

After three months romantically together, Iwan popped the question with a beautiful platinum halo ring at their Cotswolds home.

“It’s making my heart pound now because I still can’t believe we’re getting married,” Faye said..

“It’s still sinking in for me. He took my breath away and I did get emotional. I never thought I would get my happy ending and I think we’ve waited this long to get our happy ending and it turned out to be the guy who was there the whole time.

“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, I can say that from the bottom of my heart. It’s a gut thing too. I’m not questioning anything.”

When it comes to future plans, the loved-up couple are planning their church wedding this summer in the Cotswolds.

“I think on January 2nd she started planning the wedding," he said. "We’ve already got the church booked, the piece of land with a marquee, we’ve got bands booked, we’ve got string quartets booked. We’ve got the lot sorted.”


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