British soap star Kieron Richardson is engaged to marry his long-term boyfriend.

The actor, best known for his long-running role in U.K. Tv show Hollyoaks, is preparing to wed his partner Carl Hyland.

The couple is planning to marry in a low-key ceremony next year (15).

Richardson tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "I just got engaged. It's really exciting. We've been together for over seven years so it's not a shock."