BBC EastEnders’ Shona McGarty spotted cosying up to co-star as engagement rumours swirl

EastEnders actress Shona McGarty, who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC One soap, has been seen posing with former co-star Harry Reid as rumours that she's engaged to her Irish musicIan boyfriend continue to grow

EastEnders star Shona McGarty has been spotted getting cosy with a former co-star as rumours swril about her being engaged to her Irish singer beau.

Shona, famous for playing Whitney Dean in the BBC soap, was seen in a warm embrace with Harry Reid, who used to be on EastEnders. They’re both acting in a pantomime called Beauty and the Beast at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre, where Shona is Belle and Harry plays Silly Billy.

Harry, known for his role as Ben Mitchell from 2014 to 2018, posted a photo with Shona at the theatre. He captioned it for his Instagram followers: “Last few days working with this little [diamond Emoji icon].” Shona responded, saying: “Been the blooming best working with you again!!! Xxx”.

David Bracken, a Irish musician Shona’s been dating since September, also left a comment: “I remember taking that. Love ye”. Shona and her Irish singer boyfriend have been together for a few months.

EastEnders Shona McGarty and Harry Reid
EastEnders star Shona McGarty has been spotted getting cosy with a former co-star Harry Reid (Image: No
However, fans are speculating that they might be engaged after Shona was seen wearing an engagement ring. She also confirmed their relationship on Instagram with a picture of them together, captioning it: “My whole world @davidirishband.”

In another photo of the couple, she wrote: “And then my soul saw you, and went.. ‘Oh there you are!’ ‘I’ve been looking for you.’ Totally obsessed… in a really healthy way…”. Shona is preparing for a big change in her career as it’s been announced that her character Whitney Dean will be leaving EastEnders.

EastEnders Shona McGarty and David Bracken
Shona and David Bracken have sparked engagement rumours (Image: Instagram)

Her final scenes will air next year. Shona has been part of the BBC soap for 15 years, playing out many dramatic storylines including sexual abuse, murder and the death of her daughter Peach. She described leaving the show as not ‘an easy decision’. She told Inside Soap: “It wasn’t an easy decision because I’ve made so many friends. I’ve seen people come and go, and meanwhile, Whitney has been one of the longest-standing characters.

EastEnders Shona McGarty
Shona’s final scenes as Whitney will air next year (Image: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

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“I’ve had so much fun and done so many storylines, some of which have been sensitive, and I’ve been honoured to be trusted with such heavy stuff year after year.” She added: “So I’m going to be sad to say goodbye to my friends and family, but it was the right decision for me as I want to do other things.” Daily Star has reached out to Shona’s representatives for comment on this story.

EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm

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