But now a number of actors who want to return to the Cobbles are clambering over themselves to insist that they too have had very exciting love lives.
Denise Welch is one such Loose Woman who is rumoured to want a return to ITV's soap as the character that launched her success - Natalie Barnes (Horrocks).
The latest winner of Celebrity Big Brother, Denise wants to make the most of her recent win and newly reacquired fame thanks to the massively successful Channel Five show.
She had altercations with a number of fellow Slebs in the BB house - but she stayed true to herself in her insistence that she be allowed to go around the dwelling "dropping the c-bomb" or, in layman’s terms, flashing her twat. Some of the other contestants - renowned for their quick wit - burst out laughing when she exposed herself. Others weren’t so amused. During a night of heavy drinking in the house, stunning Irish model Georgia Salpa broke a leg as she tripped over a table attempting to flee Denise, and a moment later fell into a coma when she struck her head off a studio spotlight.
No nonsense Denise stuck to her guns and didn't flinch throughout the entire incident, standing with hands on hips, looking sophisticated with her thong riding up her calves as a concerned Natalie Cassidy and Michael Madsen frantically screamed into cameras for a doctor while Frankie Cocozza examined the Greek Irish stunner.
Doctors have since informed the press that while beautiful Georgia continues to lie unconscious in hospital, the standard treatment – medication to reduce swelling of the brain – has never been required "and she'll come around when she's ready".
|Comatose Greek Irish stunner Salpa|
When friends are asked if the banana-mad Denise makes any diva-esque demands given her incredible success treading the boards and expressing contentious opinions in the Loose Women studio, their response is always: "She is very, very easy [to work with]."
One of the most recognisable entertainers in the UK - with a face everyone knows since the mid-80s, Welch (52) has recently revealed romantic links to such famous showbiz luminaries as George Clooney, Robert DeNiro, Kiefer Sutherland, Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlie Sheen, Mr Sheen (the furniture polish), Martin Sheen, Kiefer’s father Donald, Sonny Bono, Bono, Bono’s son, Sonny Bono’s son, an economy-sized container of Domestos, Mr Craig David, Marti Pellow, Marty Feldman, Lightning (the best known of the Clydesdales in the seasonal and ever-popular Budweiser commercials), PETA, Peter Cetera, et cetera.
But let’s not forget she’s been spotted out with Blair Underwood, Bouncer from Neighbours, Kenny Chesney, and her on again-off again relationships with Chesney Hawkes, Keith Chegwin, the town of Chester, the city of Leicester, the Greater London Sex Offenders’ Register, Uncle Fester (both the original Jackie Coogan, and Christopher Lloyd, who reprised the role), Steve Coogan, Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Bo Derrick, Beau Bridges, the cast and crew of The Bridges of Madison County, the Movement for Democratic Change, Ricky Schroeder, a newborn tomcat, TomKat, Ashley Judd, Wynona Judd, Winona Ryder, Judd Apatow, a snare drum, a cymbal, the artist formerly known as Symbol, the artist formerly known as Simba in Broadway’s The Lion King (all five professional productions), Ken Livingstone (by whom she has a child’s arm), the executive producers of hit ABC series Lost, Boris Johnson, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child) and other Dawson’s Creek alumni, and everyone associated with the entire Law and Order franchise, particularly creator Dick Wolf, for whom Welch is said to have flown to New York for an audition - and happily performed his own name on him, except with the words reversed. Returning to the UK, she now claims that when she told friends she had "got the part", she wasn't lying.
It would be a sin of omission not to mention Noel Gallagher, Noel Fielding, Helen Fielding, Helen Lederer, Roger Federer, Russell Brand, Alan Dale, Courtney Cox, and - three years later - Courtney Cox-Arquette and Timothy Spall.
Welch (47) also had a dalliance in the dark with hippy dippy philosopher Timothy Leary in Hollywood, after a hotel room mixup with then husband, Tim Healy - to whom she has also been romantically linked.
The attention seeking actress (51) has also been associated with Cameron Diaz, Kirk Cameron, David Cameron, James Cameron, and along with James, could possibly have enjoyed some pleasure on a recent expedition with the petrified corpse of Renaissance Age explorer, Bartholomew Diaz.
But let’s not leave out onset romances with Melissa Joan Hart, Clarissa Dickson Wright, the exhaust pipe and the associated intercooled engine of a Bentley Turbo R Sportscar, Billie Piper (who happened to be appearing on the same episode of Top Gear), copper piping, and those rollicks with three bananas at the same time as David Hasselhoff, Peter Sissons, Richard Simmons, and Gene Simmons, gamely followed by Mick Jagger, Rick Parfitt, Sir Elton John, seven bananas at the same time, Rue McClanahan, the Rat Pack, a flapjack, a novelty Ikea flatpack torture rack, the Brat Pack (excluding Andrew McCarthy), the front tyre of a Vespa owned by a notorious Iranian-born Shia insurgent now in Baghdad, Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, a fox, Vivica A Fox and Jada Pinkett Smith (together), Fragma featuring Maria Rubia, Andrew McCarthy, seven Green Party MEPs in a Brussels hotel, Wayne Rooney, two more Greens who had heard that she was in the hotel, Silvio Berlusconi, Steve Buscemi, Arthur Miller, Steve Miller, Sienna Miller, Savannah Miller and Savannah Georgia (pop. 320,013).
And who could fail to remember those eleven bananas at once, Brad Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, Sven-Goran Eriksson, the Sony Ericsson K750i mobile phone on vibratone, the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake, Ed’s balls, Kacey Ainsworth, Ainsley Harriot, Harriet Harman, Mark Harmon, Thuggs-N-Harmony, Hank Marvin, Lee Marvin, Bill Clinton, Bone, and of course those will-they, won’t-they affairs with Chelsea Clinton, Paris Hilton, most of the starting eleven from the Chelsea squad just before their 2008 clash against Fenerbahce, Marcus Brigstocke, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, that rumoured 1980s fling in the bed of Jon Bon Jovi with more than a little assistance from his lovely wife and a mulleted and sun-freckled Gordon Strachan on his way home from Mexico, Victoria Wood, and a then unknown Patrick Stewart, and back to the more recent past with two of the players who had remained on the subs’ bench, and Young, and Patrick Stewart.
A notorious 2005 bust-up was documented with, among others, Owen Wilson, the Baldwin brothers, the Chuckle Brothers, the Chemical Brothers, Tina Yothers, Luke Wilson (whom she mistook for one of the Arquettes), Wilson Pickett, Wilson Philips, Tim Pigott-Smith, Hank Azaria, Belinda Carlisle, Kylie Minogue, Miley Cyrus, Billie Ray Martin, the surviving members of the Keystone Cops, Chris Rock, Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Susannah Hoffs and Professor Richard Dawkins.
At a World Economics Seminar in 2004, she made advances towards both former Tory cabinet minister Michael Heseltine and Archbishop Rowan Williams. She certainly raised eyebrows, a condition now said to be permanent for both men.
She also claims to have had non-exclusive relationships with Jack Nicholson, Phil Mickelson, General Sir Mike Jackson, Michael Jackson, a hairless cat mistaken for Michael Jackson, Darius Danesh, the woodwind section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Bob Geldof, Belouis Some, Rudolf Giuliani, a reindeer, a reined ear of Morten Harket (using straps from the animal’s harness), arraigned dissident Chinese pamphleteer Hung Lo, Mya, Maya, Meja, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, a seal, Seal, Ray Mears, Maya Rudolph, Maya Angelou, Britney Spears, Stephen Frears, the late Stephen Gateley, Stephen Fry, a huge lorry, Bill Gates, Bill Bailey, the top left-hand corner and the adjustable upper rack of a Super Capacity Whirlpool Dishwasher, her own rack, Gareth Gates, Lesley Garret, Leslie Nielsen, Brigitte Nielsen, Lindsay Lohan, Leonard Cohen, Charlton Heston, Seth Rogen, Charles Grodin, Joel and Ethan Coen, Ethan Coen on his own, Billy Joel, Ashley Cole, Cheryl Tweedy-Cole, Sheryl Crowe, Fisher Stevens, the late Kim Jong-Il, Frances McDormand, and - before the launch of her busy career - a banana.
Unusually for an attractive female celebrity, Denise (58) has also been spotted out and about in the company of Britain's Got Talent and Little Britain star Mr David Walliams.