Strictly star Ellie Leach has very famous relative – and she’s a Corrie icon

Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Leach is best known for her role on Coronation Street, but the actress isn't the only famous person in her family.

Fay Windass star Ellie, 22, is the cousin of Brooke Vincent, who portrayed Sophie Webster on the ITV soap from 2004 from 2019. As well as being cousins in real life and playing stepsisters on-screen, Ellie is also godmother to Brooke's son, Mexx, who was born in 2019.

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Opening up on the emotional moment she was asked to be Mexx's godmother, Ellie told Lorraine in 2021: "I am Mexx's godmother, yeah, [Brooke] asked me on… she bought me a little bracelet, and on the inside it says 'Auntie Elle, will you be my godmother?'

"She gave it to me on Christmas Day last year… not the Christmas just gone, the Christmas before. Literally, I couldn't stop crying. I was like, 'Oh my God,' I couldn't believe it." Last year, Ellie referred to herself as Brooke's "mini me" in a post shared on Instagram to celebrate her cousin's 30th birthday.

She gushed: "All I’ve wanted to do since I was younger is be like you. To dress like you, to have my hair the way you have yours, to wear them 7 inch platform heels you wore which I still have no idea how, but most of all to be the kind of person you are."

In April, it was announced Ellie had quit the role of Faye Windass after 12 years playing the character. Following news of her exit, Ellie opened up about the advice her co-star cousin gave her before heading to her Corrie audition. She recalled: “So my mum was like, ‘You’ve got an acting audition with Corrie on Monday’ but I was only nine so I didn’t really watch it very much."

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The star added: "But I knew Brooke was on it and that she was on TV and she was always like ‘Be yourself and everything else will follow’. So I went for the audition and I got down to the final five and I literally walked in and there were four other girls who were all in their first year of high school."

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