First Dates: Which couples are still together now including engagements and pregnancies

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It is the Channel 4 series which sees daters get to know each other over dinner, with varying degrees of success.

First Dates has become a TV favourite thanks to charming maître d' Fred Siriex and sweet bartender Merlin Griffiths who welcomes the nervous guests into the restaurant.

But which First Dates couples are still going strong? Let’s take a look…

Elan Cohen and Cindy Thompson

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Elan and Cindy, from Skipton, Yorkshire, met in Manchester on the show in October 2017 before it aired in April 2018.

The emotional date saw Cindy talk about her mum who had a terminal brain tumour while Elan spoke about his mum who had depression.

Confirming their romance on Instagram, Elan wrote: “Cindy you are the most beautiful person both inside and out.

“I feel like the luckiest guy on Earth to call you my girlfriend, as the last 6 months together have been incredible! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us!”

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The couple met up in Manchester a week after their first date and announced their engagement in May 2019 with Cindy posting a gorgeous picture of the pair while showing off her ring.

However the couple had to postpone their wedding plans due to the pandemic but revealed in January that they had bought their “dream home” together and were “delighted” to “start a new chapter together”.

Dan and Lauren

Lauren appeared on the second series of the show which aired in 2014 and was matched with Faliraki DJ Terry Turbo who asked her what bra size she was over dinner!

However Dan appeared on series five of the Channel 4 show with a different Lauren but the date ultimately failed.

Dan and original Lauren met in a nightclub in 2013 and both starting hanging out as friends. It was only when Dan was called up to star on the show that Lauren realised there was something more to it.

And the couple went onto welcoming baby boy Jude together in 2016 and have also got engaged.

Steve and Lyn

Former royal engineer Steve was matched with Lyn, who had served in the armed forces for 17 years.

The couple spoke about marriage and children with Lyn revealing she was six months pregnant with a donor baby.

And Steve could not have been more understanding as he responded: “Whatever’s going to be here then I’ll embrace it all.”

Lyn then explained how her previous relationship was with a woman but the couple laughed off the revelations with the mum-to-be describing Steve as a “gentleman”.

The couple admitted they wanted to see each other again and three months after the episode aired in April 2018 they were still dating.

Lyn went onto welcoming her little boy Jaxon-James with Steve very much in the picture.

Greig and Shaun

Shaun Fairweather, from Manchester, was matched with Greig after his first date on the show saw him get dumped before he had finished his meal.

But the couple hit it off with Shaun describing after how it “couldn’t have gone better” before the pair shared a sweet kiss to end the evening.

In December 2017 Greig asked Shaun to marry him and the pair tied the knot in April 2019.

Shaun shared a collection of wedding snaps to his Instagram, captioned: “Two years ago today we had our first date and now I'm so proud to call him my husband after marrying my best friend and soul mate. Love you Mr Fairweather and can't wait to go out later to celebrate!”

Dan and Adam

Dan and Adam appeared on the show in 2014 and the bearded duo have been together ever since and even got engaged on Christmas Day the following year.

In the heart-warming episode Dan revealed he came out as gay after suffering a stroke aged 21.

The couple, who share an Instagram where they post their adventures with their Jack Russell, became close from the off with Dan moving from Sussex to Sunderland to be with Adam.

Doreen and James

Author James, 86, and Doreen appeared on the show in 2017 and the pair enjoyed a very sweet date together.

James described the loss of his beloved wife who died shortly after their 55 th wedding anniversary and told how he enjoyed writing poetry.

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“It didn’t take us long,” Doreen told the waiter after he asked if they were getting to know each other.

And James invited Doreen to see his rose garden later that year with the show tweeting a heart-warming picture of the couple in the sunshine, captioned: “Their relationship is blooming.”

Ibiba and Aaron

The couple met on the show in June 2016 and seven weeks later announced they were expecting a baby.

Ibiba and Aaron welcomed baby girl Aziza in April 2017. The pair appeared on This Morning with Fred posing with the new parents and their baby in the green room captioned: “Look who I bumped into in the green room.”

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Will and Fran

Fran Schiller and Will captured our hearts when their episode aired in April 2017 after revealing they had both been single for most of their lives.

The pair bonded over their love of tweed and rugby and they are now engaged with Fran writing in her Instagram bio: “Soon to be Mr and Mrs Tweed.”


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