ITV Heartbeat star Sarah Tansey's husband and co-star who you may recognise from EastEnders

After a long day at work the lure of the sofa and a nostalgic TV drama to ease ourselves into the evening has quite the appeal.

ITV’s Heartbeat ended in 2010 but is back on our screens on ITV3 and while it remains an enjoyable watch it is also a great opportunity to spot some famous faces who went on to join other TV shows.

For those who don’t know what it is, it’s a period drama based on novels written by Nicholas Rhea (1936-2017).

The series is set during the 1960s around real-life and fictional locations within the North Riding of Yorkshire.

Episodes are typically focused on stories that usually are separate but sometimes intersect with each other.

There are many hugely popular characters on the show, with Jenny Latimer, played by Sarah Tansey, being one of them.

Ms Tansey, 49, is Wimbledon-born, with the series being her longest-running role.

Following the show she secured roles in The Bill, and Where the Heart Is.

What you may not know about her, is that she’s married to fellow actor, Hywel Simons.

The duo tied the knot in 2005.

He’s featured in shows like The Bill, Little Britain and BBC’s Roughnecks.

You may also not know that one of Ms Tansey’s Heartbeat co-stars is also a legend from EastEnders.

You may recognise Nick Berry as a police officer in Heartbeat, or Simon Wicks in Albert Square, who was present from 1985-1990.

He’s also a singer, and sang chart singles such as “Every Loser Wins” in 1986, which went to number one.

On top of this, he sang the Heartbeat theme song, and a cover of the Buddy Holly song “Heartbeat”, in 1992.

Heartbeat is on ITV3 at 7pm tonight (Tuesday, November 30).

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