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Who is Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi married to? Do they have children?

Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi is a far cry from her alter ego Leyla Cavanagh in real life.

While Leyla fights for her life after overdosing in Emmerdale, mother-of-one Roxy spends her free time teaching yoga and walking her dog.

Who is Roxy Shahidi’s husband? How old is she? Here’s everything we know about actress Leyla Cavanagh.

Emmerdale Leyla Cavanagh looks shocked and concerned
Leyla has had a rough ride this year (Credit: ITV)

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Who is Leyla Cavanagh?

Leyla Cavanagh came to the village in a PVC catsuit in 2008 and immediately made a name for herself!

She left in 2011 but returned in 2014 and apart from a brief absence while Roxy took maternity leave, Leyla has been on the show ever since.

Leyla is one of Emmerdale’s unhappiest residents, and most of her romances end in disaster – some more dramatically than others!

Leyla’s first romance in the village was with David Metcalfe. She fell hard for him but ended up cheating on him with her boss, Nathan Wylde.

After her departure and subsequent return in 2014, she began an affair with Jai Sharma.

Later, Leyla started dating Pete Barton and they got engaged. But their relationship ended, they both got cold feet on their wedding day!

Leyla may now have found happiness with the pretty village doctor, Liam Cavanagh.

Emmerdale Leyla puts cocaine on her desk
Leyla’s cocaine habit has gotten very serious (Credit: ITV)

What secret has Leyla been hiding?

However, their happiness might be short-lived as it was revealed that Leyla is addicted to cocaine.

Weeks of sneaking away, secret phone calls and odd behavior were explained as she partied at length with colleague Suzy.

It’s hardly surprising that Leyla has turned to some form of substance to numb the pain of the past year.

She has staunchly supported Liam after the death of his daughter Leanna at the hands of the murderous Meena.

Leyla also suffered her own devastating loss when she miscarried.

And then she was shot by Meena and almost died.

Although Suzy went off drugs to commit to a future with Vanessa, Leyla continued.

She really, really got into it.

Emmerdale Leyla and Callum walk away
Leyla made a big mistake (Credit: ITV)

Leyla’s overdose horror

She’s in debt up to her eyeballs from spending too much on cocaine, so Leyla has agreed to stockpile drugs for dealer Callum.

But after things went wrong when Matty stole the goods to trick Suzy, Leyla’s stress levels rose.

She needed something to take the edge off and snorted cocaine but ended up overdosing.

Liam found her unconscious on the floor and took her to the hospital.

As medics worked to save her life, Liam couldn’t believe this was happening. At first he begged Leyla not to leave him, but when Manpreet pointed out that she was clearly addicted, Liam’s tune changed.

He said if that was the case he would wash his hands off her.

Will he really leave his wife? Or will he get her the help she so clearly needs?

Emmerdale star Roxy Shahidi stuns in a yellow strapless jumpsuit on the red carpet at the British Soap Awards 2017
Roxy has been in Emmerdale for 14 years (Credit: SplashNews.com)

How old is Roxy Shahidi?

Roxy, whose full name is Rokhsaneh Ghawam-Shahidi, was born on March 12, 1983.

She is 39 years old.

Her father is Iranian and her mother is English. She grew up in Manchester.

Roxy became a vegetarian at the age of eight and a vegan at the age of 21.

Is Roxy Shahidi Married? who is her husband

Roxy is married to fellow actor Arsher Ali. He is known for roles in hit dramas such as Line Of Duty and Ackley Bridge.

The pair have been together for 10 years after he proposed to her within two weeks of meeting!

They were working together on a play at the National Theater at the time, and Roxy told The Mirror: “He just looked me in the eye at a cast party and said, ‘Will you marry me?’

“I didn’t answer and he said, ‘You’re going to be my wife,’ and that was it. I wasn’t sure what to think of that because I didn’t know him that well.”

She added: “I knew he liked me but we hadn’t really said anything. We hadn’t even kissed!

“I almost wanted to laugh and say, ‘This is absolutely ridiculous!’ and the other half was like, ‘Oooh, kiss me hard!’”

How many children do they have?

Roxy and Arsher announced they were expecting their first child in 2017.

The couple shared the exciting news with OK! Magazine, Roxy said: “To be honest I was absolutely terrified to see the test came back positive. I burst into tears.

“We had only been trying for a few weeks and I was sure it would take us a lot longer! It took me a few weeks to understand, but when I did I was overjoyed.”

The star went on to explain that it was her co-star Charley Webb, who plays Debbie Dingle, who was convinced she was pregnant.

Roxy continued: “It’s odd that Charley actually told me she thought I was pregnant before I took the test. We had been working together and she called me when I got home and said my boobs gave it away.

“Arsher guessed it too, because one day I suddenly had cravings for hula hoops, which I don’t normally eat!”

Roxy gave birth to a baby girl in January 2018.

Dressed in red, Roxy Shahidi performs a yoga pose
Roxy is also a yoga teacher (Credit: YouTube/Yoga with Rox)

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Yoga for beginners

Roxy is also a qualified yoga teacher.

She juggles her time on Emmerdale teaching yoga classes and offering free sessions on her YouTube channel.

Speaking to Your Healthy Living in 2014, Roxy explained that she was inspired to practice yoga by a DVD her grandma owned!

“When I was a teenager, I borrowed a Barbara Currie yoga DVD from my grandma,” she says.

“Barbara wore bright lycra outfits and the DVD had cheesy ’90s backgrounds, but it really inspired me.”

Explaining her passion for yoga, she added, “When I feel like I have a lot of energy and need to calm down, 30 minutes to an hour of Ashtanga yoga really helps to calm me down and use up some of that excess energy.”

Emmerdale normally airs weekdays at 19:30 on ITV, with an hour-long episode on Thursdays.

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