EastEnders star Perry Fenwick has split from his actress wife Angela Lonsdale after five years of marriage. Perry, who plays Billy Mitchell in the BBC1 soap, and former Coronation Street actress Angela are said to be "devastated". A friend told The Mirror: "They just ran out of love. They had a series of heart-to-hearts and decided to call it a day. No one else is involved." On Wednesday night, a spokesman for the couple confirmed: "Perry Fenwick and Angela Lonsdale have sadly separated after five years of marriage. They will not be making any further comment." The news of the breakdown on their marriage - considered to be one of the strongest in showbiz - has come as a huge shock to the Albert Square cast. A show source said: "We only found out about this yesterday and can't believe it. "No one knew there were any problems at all as Perry is always talking about Angela in glowing terms. No one saw this coming. They are determined to stay friends." Perry and Angela, best known for playing police officer Emma Taylor on Coronation Street, lived together in North London. Perry proposed by writing in pebbles on a beach. Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk's weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.