LIFE on a soap can be demanding stuff with gruelling hours and working seven days a weeks.
But these savvy EastEnders, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale stars know they could be bumped off at any minute – and have fall-back plans with a variety of businesses, brands and second jobs away from set.
Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden
Real-life Emmerdale couple Charley Webb and Matthew Wolfenden announced an exciting new project together last year.
It's very different to life in the dales where Charley played Debbie Dingle and husband Matthew is still on screen as David Metcalfe.
They've started their own business selling a range of sustainable children's toys called Nordi Babi.
Mother-of-three Charley shared the news on Instagram saying she is "beyond excited but also so nervous" about the couple's new venture.
"We've wanted to do this for years and we've finally got to the stage where we can make it happen," she wrote.
Jaz Singh Deol
Jaz has created his own Instagram page called homesjhd, which shares updates on the houses that he is renovating.
In one photo, Jaz has shared the company logo and in another he posts a snap of the restoration in progress.
He penned: "And so it begin! Here is the my first BTL property in my portfolio."
Jaz then makes a list of the extensive work that he has planned and adds: "I’ve already one mistake during conveyancing which I’ll talk about in a separate post. Until then here are some pictures of this beautiful home."
The soap star also shared a selfie and wrote: "I call this photo – 'the face you make when you've finally exchanged & completed.'"
Despite Jaz's new business venture it is unlikely that the soap star will be quitting the BBC One soap anytime soon.
Kheerat is still intent on doing whatever he can to expose Chantelle's murderous husband Gray.
Soap star Ruxandra Porojnicu revealed she worked in a café all summer in-between her role as Alina Pop.
She wrote on Twitter: "I worked all summer in a cafe and I will keep this job for as long as I can while also going up to Manchester and film.
"And yes, it wasn't easy after 6 months of living any actor's dream to work on set full time.
"I wanted to quit and I cried a lot because it's so stressful working in customer service!
"Also, I couldn't believe I have to do it again. Imagine having a family to take care of!"
EastEnders star Danny Dyer who plays Albert Square's Mick Carter, had previously spoken about the stresses of working on the Walford-based soap and was forced to take time off to "sort his head out" in 2017.
He now plunges his spare time into a podcast with daughter Dani simply titled, Sorted.
The pair tackle life's embarrassing topics and gives them a chance to flex their presenting muscles.
Danny also nabbed a presenting gig on game show The Wall this year.
Brooke Vincent, who plays Sophie Webster in Coronation Street, launched her own range of stationery planners three years ago.
Though she's on maternity leave from Corrie the door is always open for her return.
Her company is called Oh So B and she says: "It's a little business which is really exciting. I'm absolutely obsessed with stationery, planners and notebooks, and everything like that, but I kind of just wanted my own."
Brooke was still on maternity leave from Coronation Street when she fell pregnant for a second time, with a source previously telling us that she plans to take two years away from the cobbles.
Former teenage heartthrob Adam Rickett joined Hollyoaks in 2017 as Kyle Kelly.
At the time he also owned and ran a gin bar with wife Katy Fawcett.
Since leaving Hollyoaks he has been busy producing his own gin with Good Morning Britain reporter Katy, 36, whom he married in 2014.
The 43-year-old previously portrayed the role of Coronation Street character Nick Tilsley from 1997 to 1999 and then from 2002 to 2004.
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