Coronation Street actor Charlie De Melo has a fascinating life off screen, including his touching mission to raise guide dogs and a whirlwind romance with his co-star Nicola Thorp.
He has played solicitor Imran Habeeb on the cobbles in Weatherfield for almost five years, and has reportedly quit the show.
Most recently, his character was left unconscious after a horrific crash.
During the latest installation, Imran was left furious to discover that Abi Franklin was attempting to flee the cobbles with their baby son Alfie using fake passports.
The dramatic episode concluded with the newlyweds passed out in their car following a crash.
Viewers will have to wait until Friday to see how the accident happened.
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In reality, Charlie is worlds apart from his controversial character, with fans regularly taking to social media to express their rage about his role.
But off-screen, the 32-year-old actor is a self-professed “Scumbag of Leisure”, sharing regular insights into his life away from the scripted drama.
At a glance, his Instagram is filled with all things puppy love dating as far back as 2018.
His two golden retrievers, Toni and Sarah, are a regular feature in any number of his photos and are mum and dad to a gorgeous litter of puppies.
Charlie raised the adorable pups for the first few weeks of their lives, before sending them off to learn to be guide dogs.
He used his platform to fans to learn more about what The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association does and how to support similar organisations.
Charlie documented their journey from start (“day 1”) to finish, with fans swooning over the sweet images.
He captioned one such post: “Goodbye, babies. I’ll miss you all very dearly.
“Time for you to go out into the world and do some real good, just like guide dog Yogi and your other half brothers and sisters.
“Full disclosure, I didn’t start uploading any of the photos or videos of the pups until after they had already left us.
“The number of thefts during lockdown was such that it was ill advised for me to even run a small risk of them being taken from us.”
“Thank you for showing so much interest and engaging so much with these pups as they grew from little hairy slugs to the goodest boys and girls.
“If you are able and interested, there are many ways to support Guide Dogs UK. If these kinds of journeys and stories meant something to you and you’d like to help tell them, that’s a good way to do it.”
Fans were overjoyed back in 2018 when it was revealed that Charlie was dating his co-star, Nicola Thorp, who played Pat Phelan’s daughter Nicola Rubenstein.
The pair had reportedly enjoyed a close friendship for 10 years before it blossomed into romance.
The happy couple would often share loved-up snaps of their adventures together on social media, but things became strained after Nicola left Coronation Street.
She returned a short while later, but has since left again.
Sadly, it wasn’t the fairytale ending fans had been hoping for and, despite insisting that things wouldn’t become awkward for their colleagues and co-stars, the pair split for good in January 2019.
It’s not known if Charlie is currently dating anyone else… We reckon his heart is too full of puppy love to have room for anything else.
In a real heroic arc, Charlie is open and honest about his experiences donating blood and encourages his fans to follow suit.
He shared a snap of his latest donation with his 66,000 Instagram followers, captioned: “First donation since the rule change. Thought I’d dress up for the occasion. Me donating blood, whilst wearing a rainbow tee shirt and face mask.”
He also revealed that he donated plasma after having Covid, and tries to use his platform for good to raise awareness.
Charlie even prompted people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 with a quick post-jab piccy.
He wrote: “I got my second Pfix … (Photo Description. Me holding up my second Pfizer vaccine card. I am standing in front of the bike I traveled to the place on. It and I are soaking wet from the rain. )”
In amongst the puppies, the blood donations and filming for Corrie, Charlie also makes sure to spend time with his mum.
Although, rather smartly, he did combine mum and dog together on a day out to watch Crufts – very clever, indeed.
Clearly, the two share a love for four-legged animals, and Charlie captioned the snap: “Crufts 2020 with Mama (and as many Golden Retrievers as I could find).”
Indeed, there’s one on your top, Charlie.
Charlie regularly posts pictures of his actor friends starring on stage and screen and proudly supports them.
But, in reverse, this time it was his fans and co-stars who showered him with praise as he captioned this post: “Part(y)ing is Such Sweet Sorrow.”
Charlie is due to film his final scenes in the coming months, with his exit due to air later this year.
One user wrote: “Gutted your leaving Corrie,” while another added: “Fab pic! Loads of talent and fun!”
A source told The Sun: “Charlie’s loved his time on the soap but the time is right to try new things.
“He’s hugely talented and very ambitious and wants to see what else is out there. He will always cherish his time in Weatherfield but for now it’s goodbye.”
Another famous face in Charlie’s phone contacts is Emily Atack, and the Corrie star shared his excitement about going to see her perform onstage.
He wrote: “Lovely night seeing and briefly catching up with my Holly Golightly and glass smasher supreme, Emily Atack.”
They previously starred onstage together in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, and he also worked with Pixie Lott in the same show.
Pedal to the metal
Well, there’s nothing better than a man with a good hobby, and Charlie found himself one on two wheels.
In a proud snap, he showed off his motorbike certificate, described as: “Me holding up my Compulsory Basic Training Certificate, which enables me to ride motorbikes, albeit small ones with L plates.
“I’m standing in front of a small red motorbike, smiling dopily.”