“It’s like a tangled plotline from a soap.” And a member of 25-year-old Sarah’s family revealed she has been unable to talk to them about the split.

Nikki – up for best actress tonight at the British Soap Awards in Manchester – watched as the ­newlyweds enjoyed their first dance after the groom pledged to spend the rest of his life with Sarah.

But now, less than a year later, the marriage has collapsed and Nikki, 31, is dating bearded Greg.

Tonight a friend of Sarah and Greg said: “The whole thing is a mess.

A marriage split is always devastating for everyone involved, let alone when it ends so quickly.

Soap star Nikki Sanderson’s new lover is a married man.

The Hollyoaks and ­ex-Corrie actress, 31, was a guest at Greg Whitehurst’s wedding ten months ago.

A friend of wife Sarah said: “We can’t believe it’s all happened so quickly.” Nikki has found herself at the centre of a messy love triangle just like a soap storyline.

The actress, who played bitchy Coronation Street hairdresser Candice Stowe, was a guest at the wedding of her old friend Greg and his sweetheart Sarah.

” Insurance boss Greg also declared his undying love on their wedding video which he put on Twitter.

He said: “Sarah, today I pledge to spend the rest of my life with you.” It is unclear exactly why the Whitehursts’ marriage hit the rocks so early.

At the start of this year everything seemed rosy as the pair brought in the New Year by throwing a house party for friends.