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  • Hayley Tamaddon met Marcus Brigstocke while working on Spamalot
  • Marcus Brigstocke's romance with Hayley Tamaddon has been 'rocky'

She's gone on the defensive after being branded a marriage wrecker, but Now can reveal that former Emmerdale star Hayley Tamaddon isn't as innocent as she seems.

Hayley, 36, has made headlines after it was revealed she's been having an affair with comedian Marcus Brigstocke, whose wife of 12 years Sophie is now filing for divorce.

Now has heard the former Dancing On Ice winner, who met Marcus, 39, when they both starred in musical Spamalot back in July 2010, hit it off with him from the start.

An insider tells Now: 'Hayley used to wander around in her bra and knickers in front of Marcus backstage and everyone suspected there might be something going on.

'Some of the cast did warn him to be careful, but he fell for her completely.

'She told people she was seeing a married man but we didn't realise it was Marcus.'

Hayley, who won Dancing On Ice in March 2010, revealed she felt like 'Wonder Woman' after losing 2st and dropping from a size 14 to a size 8 through the training.

In June that year she split from fiancé Darren Charles amid claims he'd cheated on her - but within a month she was pictured strolling through Leeds with Marcus during a break in rehearsals.

Marcus's divorce papers reveal that their affair began in June 2010 - but his wife didn't become aware of it until July 2011.

Tellingly, both he and Hayley spoke about how happy they were in the stage show at the time, with Hayley saying: 'I lived a dream,' and Marcus admitting: 'I never wanted it to end.'

But we can reveal things haven't been entirely smooth since they hooked up.

'They've had a rocky romance - they split up once before getting back together again,' adds our
source.

Hayley, who was last week skiing in Austria with her still-technically-married boyfriend, has defended the relationship, telling a pal stories about it were 'shit and horrible', adding: 'It's just old news.

'Let people think what they want.'

Marcus's soon-to-be ex-wife Sophie - mum to his children Alfie, 10, and Emily, seven - found out he was cheating only a month after he wrote a gushing piece in a newspaper saying: 'My most precious weekends are those spent hanging out with my wife Sophie and our children.'

Our source says: 'Sophie's the complete opposite to Hayley.

'She shuns the limelight and her main focus is their kids.'

Marcus has now moved out of their £1.9 million south London home and is living in a flat two miles away.

The divorce papers reveal he 'admits the adultery'.

Read more about Hayley Tamaddon and Marcus Brigstocke in Now magazine dated 8 April 2013 - out now!

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