UNDATEABLE Steve Carruthers will be seen to be living happily ever after when he appears in the grand finale of the hit show.
The 32-year-old, from Ryhope, first appeared in the second run of the Channel 4 programme as he searched for his soulmate.
Now he has set up home with his girlfriend Vicky Matthews in Manchester, and will be seen in the last episode of the show’s fourth series as he makes plans for an elaborate engagement.
Steve, who has Crouzon syndrome, which causes his skull to grow up instead of out, spoke of how he had to deal with the death of his brother Paul, 32, who had the same condition, when he first appeared on the show.
The heartache came a decade after he and parents Ian and Susan lost Steve’s siblings Mark and Amanda, who died within a year of each other.
In the last series, broadcast early last year, Steve thought he had found love and had got engaged, only for the relationship to break down weeks after a party to celebrate the proposal.
But now the checkout worker is sure he and children’s nurse Vicky, 33, will spend the rest of their lives together after a year into their relationship.
The pair met after they became friends via Twitter, with their story to feature as part of a recap as the filmmakers go back to speak to those who have previously starred in the show about how their lives have changed.
Steven said: “I’ve gone through a lot after taking part in the show, but then if I hadn’t taken part, I wouldn’t have met Vicky.
“I think this series is fantastic and it’s going really well.
“It’s still helping to change opinions.
“People understand what’s happened to me and after the first time I was on, a lot told me they were a bit curious and said now they understood.”
He added his family were delighted he had found happiness.
“Now they see me moving forward, because after Paul’s death it was hard and the reason why I wasn’t myself.”
The final instalment of this series will be shown at 9pm on Monday, February 2, on Channel 4, with Steve’s earlier appearances available to view via www.channel4.com.