EastEnders star John Partridge has married his long-time boyfriend in an emotional ceremony attended by the majority of his co-stars.
The civil partnership was followed by a boozy ‘East End knees up’ at the Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich, near the actor’s home.
The 40-year-old, who plays Christian Clark on the BBC soap, looked dapper in a shiny blue suit as he exchanged vows with his partner of eight years, Jon Tsouras, 29.
Guests, who included Dancing on Ice’s Jason Gardiner, partied until the early hours of the morning, The Daily Star on Sunday reported.
A source said: ‘The civil ceremony started at 4pm but the majority of the guests didn’t leave until 3am.
‘It was a good old-fashioned East End knees-up and everyone was in good spirits for John’s special day.
‘Once the formalities were over it really was all about celebrating and boy did they put on a good bash.
‘The champagne flowed all night and everyone took to the dancefloor until the early hours.’
Marc Elliott, who plays John’s boyfriend Syed Masood in the soap, reportedly grabbed a male guest and kissed him on the lips.
He later kissed the girlfriend of the man he’d snogged earlier.
The insider said: ‘Marc played on the fact that his on-screen boyfriend was marrying another man and was on top form all night.’
The onlooker added that John’s co-stars Nicola Stapleton, who plays Mandy Salter, and Linda Henry, who plays Shirley Carter, ‘were a little worse for wear’.
Jo Joyner (Tanya Jessop) apparently walked out of the venue barefoot carrying her shoes.
‘The ceremony itself was everything that you’d expect it to be,’ the source said.
‘The couple have been together for eight years and have a great life together. John has been joking for a while now that it was about time he made an honest man out of Jon and now he has.’
Also at the ceremony from Albert Square was John’s on-screen mum-in-law-to-be Nina Wadia (Zainab Masood), his TV sister Laurie Brett (Jane Beale), Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell), Zoe Lucker (Vanessa Gold) and Preeya Kalidas, (Amira Masood).
Party time! Rita Simons and fuests on the balcony of the pub, swigging champagne after the couple’s wedding
And young actors Tony Discipline, 22, and Jacqueline Jossa, 18,were unveiled as a new couple as they arrived at the pub together.
Friendly guy: John’s on-screen boyfriend, Marc Elliot, kissed another guest at the reception
Former EastEnder Tamzin Outhwaite, ex-Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and EastEnders boss Bryan Kirkwood were also spotted
There was no sign of cast member Jessie Wallace, 40, who recently cancelled her own wedding to fiancé Vince Morse, 50, or John’s Over The Rainbow co-star Charlotte Church.
The tweets were flowing over the weekend as the celebrities congratulated the newlyweds.
Jason Gardiner said on Friday: ‘On my way to celebrate the Civil Partnership of my mate John Partridge to Jon Tsouras. Such a perfect day for it! I do love a wedding.’
While Tamzin Outhwaite said: ‘At the greatest wedding today with so many musical theatre and Eastenders stars it was a privilege to be invited.’
John, who was voted the sexiest male at the 2009 Inside Soap Awards, spoke of his desire to get married last year.
‘We’ve been together for seven years and it’s about time I made an honest man of him,’ he said.