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Shona McGarty enjoyed a rare day off from filming for EastEnders as she enjoyed a day out with fiancé Ryan Harris.
The actress, 26, looked worlds away form her Whitney Dean character she she headed for lunch with her husband-to-be earlier this week
Dressing down from her on-screen character Whitney, who is known for always being made-up, Shona stunned as she wore her red hair scraped back into ponytail while keeping it causal in a black jumper and leggings.
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The actress – who plays Whitney Dean on the BBC soap – is set to wed her boyfriend Ryan after he popped the question on her birthday.
Shona spoke exclusively to OK! Magazine about Ryan’s romantic proposal earlier this year, as she revealed he popped the question at a surprise party that he threw for her birthday.
“Ryan asked me to cut the birthday cake and I was like: ‘Why? We’re not getting married!,” she said.
EastEnders’ original Lauren Branning and Peter Beale are reunited at a wedding eight years after leaving the soap [Getty/Instagram ]
“But I did it and there was a box on the top of the cake and Ryan asked me to open the box. When I opened it there was a ring inside and I turned around and Ryan was down on one knee and I started crying.”
“The engagement was a complete surprise, but we had spoken about marriage, just to check that we both wanted the same things.”
Shona added that their wedding plans are already full steam ahead, with them planning on tying the knot this year.
“We’re getting married towards the end of the year in the UK,” she added.
“It’s been a bit stressful as there are so many decisions to make! We’d like an Irish-themed wedding as my family is from southern Ireland. I’ll be inviting my friends from EastEnders too.”
The Whitney Dean actress also discussed the possibility of having children.