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Strictly stars Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier 'enjoying secret dates'

Strictly stars Ellie Leach (left) and Bobby Brazier (right) have reportedly grown close on the tour (ES Composite)
Strictly stars Ellie Leach (left) and Bobby Brazier (right) have reportedly grown close on the tour (ES Composite)

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ellie Leach and runner-up Bobby Brazier have been "enjoying secret dates together", according to reports.

The former Coroation Street actress, 22, and EastEnders star, 20, are believed to have grown close on the current Strictly tour and have been pictured together openly holding hands.

On Tuesday night, professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin posted a photo of them having dinner backstage, with Brazier's arm draped around the back of Leach's chair.

Things are said to be getting serious with them, with an insider claiming that they "will go public with their romance any week now".

They said: “Their friendship has grown and grown, and they’ve been spending nearly all their free time together before and after performances. They’ve been having their meals together, and flirting increasingly openly.

Strictly professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin uploaded a telling picture of Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier taken backstage on the tour (Instagram @nikita__kuzmin)
Strictly professional dancer Nikita Kuzmin uploaded a telling picture of Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier taken backstage on the tour (Instagram @nikita__kuzmin)

“The chat on tour is they may have enjoyed a cheeky snog, and will go public with their romance any week now," they added to The Sun.

It marks an interesting development as up until now, Leach, who played the character Faye Windass in Corrie, was being linked to professional dancer Vito Coppola, whom she was paired with on the show.

Their obvious chemistry on the BBC dance competition set tongues wagging, but they have always maintained that they are just friends.

Brazier is the son of TV presenter Jeff Brazier and late Big Brother star Jade Goody.

In addition to playing the role of Freddy Slater on EastEnders, for which he won the National Television Award for Most Popular Rising Star last year, he has modelled at Milan Fashion Week.