The 46-year-old actress, who hails from Basingstoke, Hampshire, said: “It feels like we have known one another forever.

“I am extremely happy when I’m with Shane. We are very similar in many ways. Despite differences in our backgrounds and careers, we both come from very secure, loving homes and to me that says a lot.”

The couple has been together for over a year and announced their engagement last October. Hurley’s divorce from businessman Arun Nayar was finalised in June.

She has a 10-year-old son, Damian, with ex Steve Bing, while Shane has three children – Brooke, 14, Jackson, 12 and Summer, 10 – with ex-wife Simone.

Admitting that he and Elizabeth are an unlikely match, Shane said: “I think we just ‘get’ each other and it feels like we have known one another for ever. I understand why Elizabeth and I getting together initially seemed strange to some people and why it created a lot of interest.

“We are from different worlds, but funnily enough they are very much the same, too.”

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