Despite not publicly announcing his marriage break up, Hollyoaks actor Joe McGann seemingly moved on – sharing sweet snaps with inspirational national campaigner Frances Molloy and their ‘entirely unexpected love affair’
The TV star – who rose to fame in comedy series The Upper Hand – tied the knot with wife Tamzin McGann in 2006, but it seems their marriage has been over for some time.
Joe, 63, has been sharing a series of sweet snaps of himself looking smitten with national campaigner Frances Molloy over the course of the past year.
The Liverpool-based mother successfully campaigned to ban old tyres from lorries, buses and coaches after the heartbreaking death of her son Michael, 18, who was killed on his way home from the Bestival music festival in 2012.
Although yet to publicly comment on the breakdown of his marriage, Joe’s social media posts would suggest things are going well with new love Frances – whom he refers to as “my one” and his “soulmate” in sweet Instagram snaps.
It’s been reported that the actor and the inspirational campaigner fell for each other during the first lockdown in 2020.
Judging by both of their social media accounts, things have been going from strength to strength since then – with the loved-up pair often sharing insights into their days out together and trips to London.
In January 2021, Joe paid tribute to his new partner’s campaigning and dubbed her “the greatest human being” he knows.
“This woman changes Law,” the former soap star began a caption of himself with the inspirational mother.
“I couldn’t be prouder of Frances. Even after the most devastating of losses, and opposed with tortuous bureaucracies, she spoke truth to power.”
He continued: “Always dignified, steely elegant, as fearless as she is tireless in pursuit of truth and fairness.
“What a mother, what a woman.”
A smitten Joe sweetly concluded: “My soulmate, the greatest human being I know.”
In additional pictures, balloons featuring Frances’ Tyred campaign’s logo can be seen by a bench in honour of the activist’s late son.
At the time of Joe’s sweet post, it had been announced that Frances’ tireless efforts had finally paid off – with tyres aged ten years and older banned from lorries, buses and coaches on roads in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Liverpool-born mum had been fearlessly campaigning to change the previous law ever since her 18-year-old son Michael was killed in a crash while travelling back from the Bestival festival in 2012.
Michael, 18, from Woolton, Kerry Ogden, 23, from Maghull and coach driver Colin Daulby, 63, from Warrington, all died in the crash on the A3 in Surrey which occurred after the coach’s 19-year-old tyre blew out.
Speaking in 2020, Joe confirmed he had begun “an entirely unexpected love affair” with law-changing Frances.
Chatting to Silver Magazine, the actor discussed his family set-up and said: “Well there’s Mum and me, and Minnie the dachshund, and there’s also the amazing Frances…
“You see, before the plague descended, I had met and fallen for Frances, and we were in the very early days of a new – and in both our cases – entirely unexpected love affair.
“Frances has one of her sons living at her house, and after discussion we decided that, if we were to see each other at all, and with other considerations, it would be best if she – and her son – isolated with me. What could possibly go wrong?
“In truth, what some friends were calling a baptism of fire has been – pretty much – one long and enjoyable episode of Bake Off/Masterchef, with honours going mostly to Frances.”