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Emmerdale heartthrob dating Strictly star after being introduced by Gemma Atkinson

He is said to be 'smitten'

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Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan has reportedly fallen head over heels for Strictly professional dancer Dianne Buswell.

The pair apparently met through Anthony’s Emmerdale co-star, and Strictly finalist, Gemma Atkinson, and hit it off straight away, according to The Sun.

Strictly professional dancer, Dianne Buswell, has caught the eye of Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan (Credit: BBC)

With rumours that Gemma is currently dating fellow Stricty dancer, Gorka Marquez after meeting on the show, it seems that the BBC Elstree studios are the place to go of you’re a single soap star looking for love.

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Anthony, who is famous for playing Pete Barton in the Yorkshire-based soap, has apparently told friends he is ‘smitten’ with the Australian dancer.

The couple reportedly looked very cosy together in the Strictly audience at Saturday night’s final.

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Anthony’s best known for playing Pete Barton in Emmerdale (Credit: ITV)

The Sun have even claimed that Dianne dashed off of the Strictly dance floor during rehearsals to give Anthony a hug at one point.

On the same evening, Dianne is also thought to have het Anthony’s good friend Jamie Lomas, who was at the Strictly final as Anthony’s plus one – fresh from his jungle adventures on I’m A Celebrity.

The couple are said to have been introduced by Anthony’s Emmerdale co-star Gemma Atkinson (Credit: BBC)

A Strictly source told The Sun: “They seem like a lovely couple. They were very close at the show’s official after-party. They weren’t bothered who saw.”

Dianne, who is new to the Strictly circuit with this being her first series, bowed out of the show in week three with celebrity partner Reverend Richard Coles.

Dianne was paired with Reverend Richard Coles in this year’s Strictly (Credit: BBC)

Before coming to the UK Dianne also appeared on Dancing With The Stars in Australia.

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Anthony is currently in the middle of a huge Emmerdale storyline where his character, Pete, is struggling to come to terms with the murders of his mother, Emma, and brother, Finn.