Patrick O’Connor and Sophie Dillman are not the first Home and Away stars whose partnership made the transition from on-screen to off-screen, and definitely won’t be the last.
Whenever they share snippets of their romance with the public, the smitten actors regularly send fans of the iconic Channel Seven drama into a frenzy.
And Patrick, 27, proved over the weekend that he was more in love with the 27-year-old blonde beauty than ever when he uploaded a sweet message.
Patrick excited: “Two of my favourite items,” posting a picture of a bikini-clad Sophie at a beach in the glowing sun.
Fans of Home and Away were happy with the post and raced to the comments section to express their happiness.
“I’m so glad because together you guys are a follower posted and another one writes, “She’s a beauty & keeper”.
“Another fan wrote: “Both of you are freaking targets.
Although Patrick and Sophie appear to keep much of their relationship’s finer details under wraps, the couple shared insights into how they fell in love beforehand.
Despite playing lovers on Home and Abroad, before working together on the soap, the pair actually met well.
“Sophie told The Morning Show in March, “We actually met each other at uni – we went to acting school together years ago.
“First we were friends, and then we were in separate years, so we didn’t even see each other – but then when we found each other on the show. And on the show, our characters got together conveniently.”
Thanks to a few flirty comments left on each other’s Instagram pages, they first ignited relationship rumours in late 2019, and it wasn’t long before they went public with their relationship.
The pair helped each other through difficult times, including health struggles, as well as sharing sizzling chemistry.
In March, speaking to New Idea, Sophie opened up about her struggle with endometriosis and revealed how Patrick had become a support pillar.
“He’s an angel, really,” she reflected. Those past 12 months, I could not have functioned without him.
He didn’t know what endometriosis was and what it was, so he did all this reading and studied it. He gave me all these advice and during my surgery he was such a huge help to me.