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Emma Samms and GB News anchor Simon McCoy announce engagement

He’s known for his witty presenting style and lack of enthusiasm towards royal stories, while she found fame playing Fallon Carrington on soap opera Dynasty – and now GB News presenter Simon McCoy and 1980s pin-up Emma Samms have revealed they’re engaged. 

Simon, 59, confirmed to Daily Mail’s Richard Eden the pair are ‘both so happy’, with the couple’s children supportive of the match.

It will be the fourth marriage for Emma, 61, who has two children with her third husband John Holloway.

News anchor Simon McCoy (left) has a happy personal bulletin of his own: he has become engaged to 1980s pin-up Emma Samms (right)

She divorced her the psychiatrist John Holloway in 2003. Her previous husbands, Bansi Nagji and Tim Dillon, were both lawyers. It’s also the fifth engagement for the star – who was betrothed to late American composer Marvin Hamlisch. 

They haven’t set a date but plan to have a ‘joyful’ celebration in the spring, when it’s safe to have a party. 

The couple live at the London-born actress’s home in the Cotswolds. 

Emma often shares idyllic shots  of their countryside life on her Instagram, including luscious flora and snaps of home grown veg.

A recent image shows a ‘nosy neighbour’ of a cow peeping into her garden from a nearby field, while another shows a ‘quintessential country lane’ and rose bushes.

But there’s still a good dollop of glitz and glam with the country life, with Emma showing luxurious trips to Paris and tea parties at castles.

Samms, 61, was one of the biggest TV stars of the 1980s, playing fiery heiress Fallon Carrington Colby in Dynasty (pictured)

Samms, 61, was one of the biggest TV stars of the 1980s, playing fiery heiress Fallon Carrington Colby in Dynasty (pictured)

Emma’s daughter Micha, 22, is the spitting image of her mother and has also inherited her brainy side. 

She’s recently graduated with a degree in financial mathematics from Cardiff University, where she was also on the cheerleading squad.

But Micha isn’t the only brainbox in the family, her first-born Cameron,  24, has just graduated from St Andrews School of Medicine.

Meanwhile, Simon shares son Max, 28, with his first wife.

He later married BBC South West star Victoria Graham, 46, who he divorced in January 2019. 

Simon, 59, confirmed to Daily Mail's Richard Eden the pair are 'both so happy', with the couple's children supportive of the match. It will be the fourth marriage for Emma, 61, who has two children with her third husband John Holloway

Simon, 59, confirmed to Daily Mail’s Richard Eden the pair are ‘both so happy’, with the couple’s children supportive of the match. It will be the fourth marriage for Emma, 61, who has two children with her third husband John Holloway

The couple live at the London-born actress's home in the Cotswolds. They haven't set a date but plan to have a 'joyful' celebration in the spring, when it's safe to have a party.

The couple live at the London-born actress’s home in the Cotswolds. They haven’t set a date but plan to have a ‘joyful’ celebration in the spring, when it’s safe to have a party.

Emma's first-born Cameron, 24, has just graduated from St Andrews School of Medicine.

Emma’s first-born Cameron, 24, has just graduated from St Andrews School of Medicine.

The couple had several attempts at IVF but never had children together. 

After finding fame on General Hospital, Emma cemented her status as as a soap legend after bagging the role of Fallon Carrington Colby on cult hit Dynasty, where she starred alongside Joan Collins.

She later moved back to the UK, where she had a regular role of BBC lunchtime show Doctors.  

A sex symbol of the 80s, she has twice declined offers to appear in Playboy. 

 Simon started of his career as a researcher for Thames TV, before leaving to go to Sky News as a presenter.

After finding fame on General Hospital, Emma cemented her status as as a soap legend after bagging the role of Fallon Carrington Colby on cult hit Dynasty, where she starred alongside Joan Collins.

After finding fame on General Hospital, Emma cemented her status as as a soap legend after bagging the role of Fallon Carrington Colby on cult hit Dynasty, where she starred alongside Joan Collins.

The cast of the television programme 'Dynasty', including Heather Locklear, Emma Samms, Joan Collins, John Forsythe and Linda Evans.

The cast of the television programme ‘Dynasty’, including Heather Locklear, Emma Samms, Joan Collins, John Forsythe and Linda Evans.

Emma later moved back to the UK, where she had a regular role of BBC lunchtime show Doctors

Emma later moved back to the UK, where she had a regular role of BBC lunchtime show Doctors

He then moved to be a presenter, and in 1991 became the channel’s royal correspondent, before becoming an anchor notably covering the Iraq War in the early noughties.

In 2004, he moved to BBC Breakfast and BBC News 24, where he often went viral for his lack of enthusiasm about royal stories.

The veteran journalist has made several infamous gags and on-air gaffes. Once he was so desperately annoyed by a news segment on a dog surfing competition, he sighed his way through the report. 

Covering the birth of Prince George, in 2013,  while stationed outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, he made headline after defeatedly reporting: ‘ The news is there is no news’.

Later that year, during a live broadcast he inadvertently picked up a refill pack of A4 printer paper instead of his iPad while presenting to camera, again becoming a viral sensation.

This year,  he moved to GB News to present an afternoon show. 

Emma often shares idyllic shots of their countryside life on her Instagram, including luscious flora and snaps of home grown veg

Emma often shares idyllic shots of their countryside life on her Instagram, including luscious flora and snaps of home grown veg

But there's still a good dollop of glitz and glam with the country life, with Emma showing luxurious trips to Paris and tea parties at castles

But there’s still a good dollop of glitz and glam with the country life, with Emma showing luxurious trips to Paris and tea parties at castles

Since starting at GB News, Simon has continued to make headlines. Most recently he apologised after laughing out loud live on air at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s statement about the Afghanistan crisis.  

The host chuckled when his co-presenter Kirsty Gallacher said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had been left ‘speechless’ by the chaos.

Simon who has become known for his unenthusiastic delivery of royal news, said that ‘only they would break their silence to tell us they are speechless’.

He is also known for his sarcastic commentary of royal events, including urging BBC viewers to ‘clear their diaries’ for the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child Louis, adding that people should ‘get the time off – because that’s what I’m doing’. He also couldn’t stop giggling when Kate’s sister Pippa had her first child. 

Simon’s ex Victoria has also found love since the split, with another BBC colleague Jon Gripton, who was her editor at the Spotlight news programme for South-West England.

Victoria told Richard Eden: ‘It’s been an incredibly sad time. After years of living apart, failed fertility treatment and the death of my father, life changes.’

She added: ‘Every time I see Simon on the TV I feel tremendously proud his career goes from strength to strength.

‘We remain very good friends and still have two beautiful border terriers to love between us.’ 

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