Actor Kris Mochrie, who played Lee Posner in Emmerdale, has spoken publicly about his relationship with Max Parker, who stars as his on-screen brother Luke in the ITV soap.

The pair shared photos of their holiday during the summer, and now in an interview with The Mirror, Mochrie has spoken about their relationship for the first time.

"It's great to meet someone through work and have so many things in common and an understanding of each other's jobs," he said.

"We didn't actually share any scenes together on Emmerdale but kept in touch after I left."

"I don't want to jinx things," he continued. "We are seeing how we get on. We had a great time on holiday in Dubai. Let's see how it goes."

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Mochrie was speaking to The Mirror ahead of the first episode of BBC One's new documentary series The Grand Party Hotel, which focuses on The Shankly hotel in Liverpool, where he works as a senior director. Mochrie said that working there had helped him to accept his sexuality. 

"Growing up in Liverpool I wrongly assumed that being gay was stripping every ounce of masculinity you had," he recounted.

"I wanted to be like The Rock and I thought that's what men had to be like. It was actually that toxic mantra that stopped me coming to terms with my sexuality.

"When I joined The Shankly four years ago, and seeing the characters there and seeing everybody be who they want to be, [it] made me realise the world is a much more accepting place and your level of masculinity has no bearing on who you are."

The Grand Party Hotel begins on BBC One on Thursday at 8:00pm.

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