A father who has three children in both of ITV’s major soaps has shared his pride as his daughters take centre stage.
Chris Flanagan’s daughters Amelia and Isabella star in Emmerdale and Coronation Street while their brother, William, also stars in the Salford-based programme.
Amelia, 14, joined Emmerdale in 2014 and instantly became a hit among viewers – even winning three awards in the space of a year at the Inside Soap Awards and The British Soap Awards.
Her younger twin siblings Isabella and William play cousins Hope Stape and Joseph Brown in Corrie.
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But Amelia is currently part of a hard-hitting storyline as her character April is suffering at the hands of online bullies.
The young character, who is the daughter of Marlon Dingle and the late Donna Windsor, set up a social media account about grief after the recent death of teen Leanna Cavanagh triggered her own memories from losing her mum.
But dad Marlon discovered that a troll account called ‘Dead Donna’ has been created.
Over in Corrie, Isabella’s character has refound her evil streak and is set to be suspected of an arson attack on the flat her dad, Tyrone Dobbs, shared with his new pregnant girlfriend Alina Pop.
And the girls’ real-life dad Chris couldn’t be prouder of his daughters.
William Flanagan is Isabella’s twin brother and also stars in Corrie
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He tweeted: “So proud of these two this week, playing such different characters both with big storylines and both doing such a great job. Thank you for all the lovely comments,” alongside a sweet snap of the siblings.
But some soap fans were still surprised by the connection.
“How brilliant! I didn’t know Hope #Corrie and April #Emmerdale were siblings…then Joseph #Corrie too. Wow…” one said.
Another commented: “I always forget hope and April are sisters in real life this photo threw me for 6.”
“Just realised they are sisters I knew Joseph in corrie and April were related but didn’t know hope was there sisters to xx you must be one proud daddy,” a third added.
Chris was also inundated with more praise for his children.
“Such great wee actors. The youngest was brilliant in Corrie, what a part she’s playing! And her sister in Emmerdale is such a moving and sincere actress. #Hope #April #Corrie #emmerdale,” one said.
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Another added: “Such wonderful actresses. You’re both doing such a brilliant job. Keep it up girls.”
“You should be so proud of them both. They are both amazing, such actresses,” a third commented.
A fourth said: “What talented children you have.”
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