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Most iconic lesbian soap couples – ground-breaking kiss, tragic death and murder

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From Brookside’s Beth and Margaret to Coronation Street’s tragic Kate and Rana, we have a look at some of the most memorable lesbian romances in the world of soaps

Soapland has witnessed a number of lesbian relationships, as stories of female love blossomed following Anna Friel’s historic Brookside kiss.

The actress made history with her Channel 4 tale in 1994. Since then, stories like the tragic romance between Kate and Rana on ITV’s Coronation Street and Suki and Eve’s covert relationship on BBC favorite EastEnders have captivated fans.

Margaret and Beth were the characters in question when the groundbreaking lesbian kiss occurred on Brookside, making it the first British soap opera to do so.

Since then, soaps have featured a number of lesbian relationships, showing the ups and downs of romance.

Brookside’s Beth and Margaret

When Nicola Stephenson and Anna from Brookside began dating in the early 1990s, it was a significant advancement in representation for their characters, Beth Jordache and Margaret Clemence.

When the first pre-watershed lesbian soap opera kiss between the characters aired in 1994, the show made history.

After the kiss, Anna claimed to have received more fan mail than ever before; The Independent quoted her as adding that “50% of them were from gay people.” The majority were encouraging and kind toward Beth, and I received a number of messages from folks who said that Beth had helped them come out of their confusion. I’m happy that I’m helping, hence

Corrie’s Kate and Rana

When Kate Connor (Faye Brooks) and Rana Habeeb (Bhavna Limbachia) fell in love in heartwarming scenes on Coronation Street in 2019, they became the talk of the town.

Fans of Corrie dubbed the couple “Kana,” and their narrative was a popular favorite. Fans watched transfixed to their TV screens, hoping and praying that things would work out for the captivated couple.

But when Rana passed away in the factory collapse on the day that she was meant to marry Kate, things took a very disturbing turn. As Kate hurried to be by Rana’s side when she died and she became stuck in the debris, viewers were overcome with emotion.

Emmerdale’s Charity and Vanessa

The romance between Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) and Vanessa Woodfield (Michelle Hardwick) was adored by Emmerdale viewers, who referred to them as “Vanity.”

Throughout her rape trial, Vanessa supported Charity, and while Vanessa fought cancer, Charity made the decision to ask her out. But for the characters, real love did not always go as planned, and Charity eventually cheated on Mackenzie Boyd (played by Lawrence Robb).

Even though their romance fizzled out in 2020, many devoted followers maintain optimism that they would eventually find love.

EastEnders’ Eve and Suki

Albert Square has been gripped by the illicit romance between Eve Unwin (Heather Peace) and Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal).

Things have been complicated for the pair, because Suki is married to husband Nish. Eve and Suki started bonding after ending up in a police van together in 2022. The romance blossomed and they ended up kissing for the first time late last year.

Their relationship progressed slowly, with Digital Spy quoting Balvinder as saying: “We’re also trying to tell a truthful story for people in the LGBTQ+ community and the Southeast Asian community too. We are dealing with it very sensitively, and the only way to do that is to tell the story slowly and unravel it bit by bit.”

However, there was a sad ending for their secret love affair when Suki’s son Vinny caught them together.

Emmerdale’s Jasmine and Debbie

Love blossomed between Debbie (Charley Webb) and Jasmine (Jenna-Louise Coleman) in the early noughties after they locked lips in a bid to rile Debbie’s dad Cain. Things got messy when Jasmine slept with Cain, but she and Debbie later patched things up.

The situation later took a dark turn when Jasmine killed attempted rapist Shane Doyle (Paul McEwan) after he attacked her and Debbie helped her to cover it up. The murder did come out and initially the finger was being pointed at Debbie.

But Jasmine stood up and took the blame, saying her and Debbie’s love would last forever after she was jailed for four years.

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