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EastEnders real-life couples’ breakups – and who they are dating now

EastEnders has seen countless relationships over the years, which every now and then spill over into the real world.

Cast members have been known to fall for each other while acting in the BBC soap, but unfortunately their romances can produce as much drama as the storylines they act out.

Here is a look at some of those that were looking for love away from the camera but it didn't quite work out in the long run.

Kara Tointon and Joe Swash

For some, our first EastEnders couple proved a little difficult to take to. It wasn't that Kara and Joe are unlikeable people, it was just that they played brother and sister on screen.

As Mickey Miller and Dawn Swann in Albert Square, the pair had plenty of time together on screen and this led to Kara and Joe linking up off-screen too.

The pair dated between 2008 and 2010 and it came to an end when Kara quit the Walford based soap.

It proved a blessing as Joe has since hooked up with Stacey Solomon, after meeting on I'm A Celebrity and she is expecting their first child together.

Kara meanwhile has got engaged to her doctor boyfriend, Marius Jensen.

Shona McGarty and Matt Lapinskas

There was no sweeter tale of true love on the Eastnders set than that of Shona McGarty and Matt Lapinskas, who played Whitney Carter and Anthony Moon respectively.

They met in 2011 and Matt said it was 'love at first sight' but it wasn't to last.

When Matt left the soap 18 months later, it was the end of the road for them but it wasn't as clean cut as that, with rumours that Matt's eye may have wandered while he was on Dancing On Ice, eventually hooking up with Brianne Delcourt.

This was denied by Matt, who blamed the 'constant arguing' as the reason why they were no longer compatiable.

Ironically, Shona has since got engaged to a professional skater, Ryan Harris and Matt had a messy breakup with Brianne, as she accused him of cheating on her with his current girlfriend, actress and model Camilla Rowland.

Jacqueline Jossa and Tony Discipline

Jacqueline and Tony were brought together on screen as Lauren Branning and Tyler Moon and they started dating off-camera in 2011.

They were very close for a while but after 18 months, they decided to call it a day and remarkably, parted amicably.

Jacqueline went on to marry TOWIE star Dan Osbourne and has two children with them, though it hasn't been a bed of roses for the pair, with them separating for a little while.

Tony is believed to be in a long term relationship with Becky Mulvaney.

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