Inside Hollyoaks star Ruby ODonnells romance with rugby hunk Sam Halsall

Hollyoaks star Ruby O'Donnell is no stranger to the limelight.

The 20-year-old actress has played troubled teen Peri Lomax on the Channel 4 soap since 2013, with her character involved in a number of dramatic storylines over the years.

In 2016, Ruby won the gong for Best Young Performance at the British Soap Awards and in spite of her success, keeps a pretty modest social media presence.

Ruby boasts 291,000 followers but has only made 102 posts, with many of them featuring her hunky rugby player boyfriend, Sam Halsall.

Sam, also 20, and Ruby began dating in September 2019 and went Instagram official that December.

Young love

The Wigan Warriors star and Ruby were spotted shopping at Christmas markets in Manchester before confirming their romance.

Ruby was also seen supporting her rugby league beau during matches before she made her relationship with Sam public in an adorable Instagram story.

The young actress shared photos of the happy couple enjoying time together at Lancashire's Rivington Pike over the holiday season.

Their two-year relationship has gone from strength to strength ever since, with Ruby recently supporting Sam while he grieves the loss of his father.

Grief and heartache

Sam's dad Dave Halsall passed away in June this year at the age of 47.

His death was confirmed by the Manchester Evening News, with Sam's team wearing black armbands during a game that month in memory of his late father.

The rugby player wrote at the time: "Thank you everyone for the kind words and messages.

"It really means a lot to us as a family to see how loved and adored he was by so many."

In August, Ruby paid tribute to Sam on his first birthday without his father.

Dream team

Posting a number of photos of the couple together, she wrote: "Happy birthday @samhalsall. Love you."

Sam responded: "Love you."

The couple seem to be in a good place, with both of the youngsters achieving career success at a young age.

Ruby's Hollyoaks character Peri is currently involved in a major stalker storyline, with her admirer recently unmasked as Timmy Simons (Sam Tutty).

The reveal could have deadly consequences, as Peri's girlfriend Juliet Nightingale (Niamh Blackshaw) is set to suffer a serious fall at Timmy's hands in scenes to air later this month.

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