Hollyoaks' Claire Cooper and Emmett Scanlan have been forced to close down their Chester bakery

The dough is over! Hollyoaks stars Claire Cooper and Emmett Scanlan have been forced to close their bakery in Chester “due to the current economic crisis”.

Hollyoaks actors Claire Cooper and her husband Emmett Scanlan have been forced to close their bakery after running out of dough.

The pair, who played Brendan Brady and Jacqui McQueen on the hit Channel 4 show, opened Donut Whisperer in Chester last year, where the soap is set.

However, the couple was forced to temporarily close the business due to the current economic crisis.

A message posted on the company’s website on Friday read: “It is with heavy hearts that we will be closing our doors due to the current economic crisis facing the UK.”

‘Unfortunately, it has forced our hand to take a step back. We have met amazing clients along the way…which always makes a decision like this that much more difficult.”

The announcement comes months after Claire said opening the store was a “dream come true”.

Treats: The announcement comes months after Claire said opening the shop was a

Sweets: The announcement comes months after Claire said opening the shop was a “dream come true”

Speaking to Cheshire Live: “We’ve always dreamed of opening a little shop, somewhere cozy and inviting, somewhere you can drop by and stock up on donuts for the weekend, so it’s great to have achieved that dream.”

“Like all new businesses, we’ve had to find our rhythm and there are always bumps along the way, but we’re proud to have overcome any that have come our way.”

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In July, the couple announced that they were expecting their second child together.

The couple took to their respective Instagram accounts on Tuesday night to confirm their jovial news.

The couple, who already share a 23-month-old son, Ocean-Torin Scanlan, shared a snap of Claire posing in a field while showing off her burgeoning baby bump.

Closing: The couple posted a message on the business account on Friday.

Closing: The couple posted a message on the business account on Friday.

Congratulations The couple announced in July that they were expecting their second child together

Congratulations The couple announced in July that they were expecting their second child together

Baby: Irish actor Emmett, 43, and his wife Claire, 41, took to their respective Instagram accounts to confirm their jovial news

Baby: Irish actor Emmett, 43, and his wife Claire, 41, took to their respective Instagram accounts to confirm their jovial news

Alongside the image, Claire, best known for playing Jacqui McQueen on Hollyoaks, wrote: “Our family is growing.”

While Emmett, who previously played Brendan Brady on the soap opera, captioned the photo on his Instagram grid: ‘Incoming… #ScanClan.’

Their celebrity friends and fans were quick to flock to the comments sections of their posts to congratulate the happy couple on their baby news.

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Gemma Atkinson, who played Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks, wrote: ‘Beautiful ❤️ what beautiful news! congratulations x

Pregnant: The couple, who already share 23-month-old son Ocean-Torin Scanlan, shared a snap of Claire posing in a field while showing off her burgeoning baby bump

Pregnant: The couple, who already share 23-month-old son Ocean-Torin Scanlan, shared a snap of Claire posing in a field while showing off her burgeoning baby bump

Roxanne McKee, who plays Louise Summers in Hollyoaks, said: ‘Joy.’

Doctor Who star Mandip Gill said: ‘Congratulations to all. That is such beautiful news xxxxxxxxx.’

Nadine Mulkerrin, who plays Cleo McQueen on Hollyoaks, added: “Awww beautiful.”

While producer Roma Downey wrote: ‘Very happy for you.’

And Anna Friel simply commented: ‘Congratulations’.

Overjoyed: Their celebrity friends and fans were quick to flock to the comments sections of both of their posts to congratulate the happy couple on their baby news

Overjoyed: Their celebrity friends and fans were quick to flock to the comments sections of both of their posts to congratulate the happy couple on their baby news

'Our family is growing': The couple, who married in 2015, already share a 23-month-old son Ocean-Torin Scanlan

‘Our family is growing’: The couple, who married in 2015, already share a 23-month-old son Ocean-Torin Scanlan

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