Inside Emmerdale's Ella Forster star's life off-screen including famous husband

Paula Lane as Ella Forster
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From the moment Ella Forster, played by Paula Lane, arrived in Emmerdale, she's been shrouded in mystery, with villagers and viewers alike casting a wary eye. This week, we've delved deeper into her backstory, discovering that she's without a home and living from her car.

Yet, there's more to Ella than meets the eye, as evidenced by her recent poignant visit to a care home, which left fans abuzz with speculation.

During an emotional scene, Ella, who works at the surgery, was seen comforting an elderly woman suffering from dementia, reminiscing over old photographs and cherishing their bond. A cryptic question from the woman, "Were we once very sad about something?" was left hanging in the air as Dr Manpreet Sharma, portrayed by Rebecca Sarker, stumbled upon them, cutting short their reflective moment.

As Emmerdale fans put on their detective hats, let's take a sneak peek into Paula Lane's fascinating off-screen life....

Big Corrie role

Soap aficionados will certainly recall Paula's gripping six-year stint as Kylie Platt on Coronation Street. The formidable Kylie burst onto the scene in 2010, quickly becoming central to several high-profile plots, including the shocking sale of her son Max to her childless sister Becky McDonald (played by Katherine Kelly) for a hefty £20,000 and her scandalous affair with her brother-in-law Nick Tilsley (Ben Price), reports the Mirror.

David Platt [JACK P SHEPHERD] and Kylie Platt [PAULA LANE]
Paula played Kylie Platt on Corrie -Credit:ITV

In a jaw-dropping plot, the former lap dancer turned nail technician Kylie Platt, played by Paula, famously knocked out her vile ex Callum Logan (portrayed by Sean Ward) with a wrench to save her sister-in-law Sarah Platt (Tina O'Brien), and then concealed his body under the Platts' garage.

Kylie's life in Weatherfield was never short of drama, and viewers across the UK were reaching for the tissues when the one-time wild child tragically died in the arms of her husband David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) after a devastating stabbing incident.

Speaking to Digital Spy about her departure from the show in 2016, Corrie icon Paula said: "I have made no secret of the fact that I never saw myself being in a long-running drama for the rest of my career. I was only contracted for six months which spanned into a year, then three years. It ended up being six years."

She added: "I have had a whale of a time and six years is a nice amount of time to make an impact, but not be typecast. I was very conscious of that. It was sort of looming and time goes so fast in soap, so I thought: 'I am going to have to run and jump and see that decision through'."

Despite the potential jitters that come with leaving a high-profile role, Paula has no qualms about her dramatic and bloody departure from the show, insisting it only spurred her to 'work harder'. Chatting with the Mirror and other journalists, Paula spilled the beans on her soap comeback: "Timings-wise, I think I manifested it! And then a conversation came about and through that, a seed was planted, and then the magic happens. So I think it was just yeah, a little bit of a coincidence. But it fell in my lap. And I feel really grateful and very thankful. And like I said, I just want to do the best that I can do."

Soap star marriage

When it comes to love, Paula's life is far less tumultuous than her on-screen personas. She's blissfully settled with her childhood sweetheart Tom Shaw, whom she met at 17 while studying performing arts at Huddersfield Tech.

Tom, also an actor, boasts an impressive resume with roles in Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, and The Inbetweeners, among others. He even popped up in Coronation Street after Paula left, portraying Fiz Stape's (Jennie McAlpine) former care home buddy Kim Vaughan in 2017 and 2018.

The couple, who got hitched in a beautiful ceremony at Leeds Cathedral in May 2014, recently celebrated their 10-year wedding anniversary. Paula took to Instagram to share some lovely throwback photos and wrote: "20 years today we got married at Leeds Cathedral and shipped all our guests up to Rudding Park Hotel on buses. It was the most stunning weather we could've wished for, coupled with the fact we also had a little secret."

She continued: "To all our friends and family we love you so much and every single one of you who came that day made it extra special. To my husband...I love you all my life Tom Shaw. Here's to the next decade and adventure."

The couple welcomed their 'little secret', Arthur, in December of that year, followed by daughter Penny Grace in July 2016. The family now resides in a charming home in West Yorkshire, which looks like it could be straight out of Emmerdale, complete with cottage-style windows and a cosy fireplace.