Former EastEnders star and anti-knife crime campaigner Brooke Kinsella has married her ‘best friend’ Simon Boardley in a fairytale Christmas ceremony.
Brooke, 34, wed her lawyer fiancé on Thursday after being set up on a blind date by Simon’s best friend, Judge Robert Rinder.
Brooke posted a photo on Instagram of the pair walking down the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife, with the caption: ‘Nailed it’ alongside a tick symbol.
Her elated expression told a thousand words as she wed the love of her life, five months after announcing their engagement in July 2017.
The former actress – now talent manager – looked beautiful in a lace fishtail gown and clutching a red bouquet.
Brooke’s manager Jonathan Shalit posted a picture of ‘beautiful’ Brooke on Twitter following the ceremony.
He wrote: ‘Today @brookekinsella officially most beautiful Lady in the world. Many many congratulations to u & Simon Boardley.’
Jonathan later revealed to MailOnline that the happy couple fell in love after a blind date set up by Robert Rinder.
He confessed: ‘Judge Rinder set Brooke up on a blind date with his best friend Simon and they fell in love!’
The wedding was also attended by Loose Women’s Linda Robson, whose son Louis was with Ben at the time of the murder and desperately tried to save him. She posted a number of sweet videos of Brooke on her wedding day.
Brooke – who played Kelly Taylor in EastEnders from 2001-2004 alongside Michelle Ryan as Zoe Slater – paid tribute to her late brother Ben Kinsella before her wedding day.
The 16-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death in 2008 in an unprovoked attack in north London.
Alongside a sunny snap of the gardens at her wedding location, Brooke wrote: ‘There was never any doubt my little angel would bring the sun out for me today’ alongside a loveheart emoji.
In December 2011, Brooke was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles for her services to knife crime prevention.
After receiving the award at Buckingham Palace, Brooke admitted the day was ‘bittersweet’ as she wouldn’t be there without the death of her brother.
She said: ‘Today is so bittersweet for me and my family. This is all Ben, it’s not me. I wouldn’t be here without him.’
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