Celebrities from the soaps and politics are turning out tomorrow to celebrate the civil partnership ceremony of former EastEnders star Michael Cashman, now a West Midlands Labour Euro-MP and gay rights activist.
Mr Cashman, 55, played the first major gay character in EastEnders in the mid-1980s and is "marrying" his real-life partner of 23 years, Paul Cottingham, 41, in London.
And one of the most famous faces at the celebration will be the woman who first introduced the pair - EastEnders star Barbara Windsor.
Also on the star-studded guest list are Ross Kemp, June Brown and Laila Morse from EastEnders and Helen Worth
from Coronation Street. Sue Johnston, from the Royle Family and Waking The Dead, Arabella Weir, who appears in and writes The Fast Show, Trudy Goodwin and Roberta Taylor from The Bill and Richard Wilson (Victor Mel-drew) will also be there.
Big screen and stage stars Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are also going.
The world of politics will be represented by Chancellor Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett and her husband Leo, former Labour leader and EU Commissioner Lord Kinnock and his wife Lady Kinnock, and Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie.
The actor rose to national fame in 1986 when he joined the EastEnders cast as Colin Russell, the first major gay character in a soap.
It was during his time on the programme that he became chairman of the campaigning gay rights group Stonewall. In 1998 he was elected to the Labour Party National Executive and was elected as a Labour MEP for the West Midlands in 1999.
Tomorrow he will be the first political figure in Europe to take advantage of the new civil partnership ceremony.
Appropriately for an actor, the ceremony will be held in banqueting halls in south London close to Shakespeare's rebuilt Globe Theatre.