Brookside star and former Hell’s Kitchen winner Jennifer Ellison has married her boyfriend Rob Tickle in a secret ceremony in Mauritius.

The couple had been planning their wedding for August when work commitments forced them to put their marriage on standby.

However, when Jennifer – who is now six months pregnant – discovered that the pair were expecting a baby the actress said it was important to her that they were married before having children.

Jennifer told OK! magazine: “One of the biggest things playing on my mind is not telling my mum, because we’re so close.

“But when we were planning the wedding in August there was so much stress and she was like ‘Why don’t you just run away and get married?’.

“When she said that, I didn’t feel as guilty.”

Jennifer – who wore a strapless Jenny Packham gown with a jewelled empire waist, teamed with a pair of cream Christian Louboutin heels – explained that the pair rang their families after tying the knot under an arch of flowers.

She said: “They’re over the moon, they’re dead happy – it’s such a relief! Telling our families has made it all the more special because of their reaction. I’ve loved every minute.”

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