EastEnders star Matt Di Angelo is engaged

EASTENDERS star Matt Di Angelo has got engaged and celebrated on the beach with pizza and champagne.

The 32-year-old, who is best known for playing Dean Wicks in the BBC soap, popped the question to wedding planner Sophia Perry after five years of dating.

The actor, who also starred as Sean Kennedy in the BBC drama series Hustle, shared the happy news on Instagram with a picture of a bottle of champagne and a diamond engagement ring.

The couple, who have been dating since 2014, are currently on holiday in the Dominican Republic and celebrated their engagement on the beach.

And his old EastEnders co-star Rita Simons rushed to congratulate him.

"Mazeltov!!! Finally! You’re gonna be a real grown up!!!" she commented.



Hollyoaks star James Sutton added: "MAAAAAATE!!! HUGE congrats to you both. Wonderful news x"

Matt previously dated dancer Flavia Cacace in 2007 after they appeared on Strictly Come Dancing together.

Flavia, then 28, broke off her 11-year relationship with her professional dance partner and fellow Strictly dancer Vincent Simone and dated Matt, then 23, for three years.

But despite sizzling on the dance floor Matt's true passion is acting and the soap star enjoyed two stints playing Dean Wicks in EastEnders from 2006 to 2008 and 2014 to 2016.

Matt made his final appearance on the soap in February 2016, but his character was mentioned in August that year when Dean was found not guilty of attempting to rape Roxy Mitchell – meaning he escaped justice for both that crime and his assault of sister-in-law Linda Carter.

And he previously hinted that he might return to Albert Square in the future.

“No one can tell the future,” he teased shortly after his departure. “It could be right for me to go back one day, but with that last story, it is less likely. It took its toll on me, but it didn’t bleed into my private life. No one shouted at me in the street.”

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Matt later ruled out doing any more reality shows.

“Strictly was a good choice for me at the time and I don’t really consider that a ‘reality show’, but I’m not interested in doing any other series at any point,” the actor insisted.

“I don’t really dance these days apart from drunkenly in my living room. I stopped doing salsas when they stopped paying me!”


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