Emmerdale actor set to appear on Strictly Come Dancing with his real-life girlfriend

It would be a first for the show!

Strictly Come Dancing

by Alex Ross |
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Strictly Come Dancing rumours have been heating up over the last few weeks, but the latest is very exciting and if it happens, it will be a show first. Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan is tipped to appear on the show alongside his Strictly girlfriend Dianne Buswell.

Reports are suggesting the couple, who met through Antony's friend Gemma Atkinson last year, will be partnered together making it the first time a real life couple have performed in the competition together.

A source close to the happy couple revealed bosses think their 'real-life chemistry' would be a massive hit with viewers.

Anthony Quinlan and Dianne Buswell
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Anthony, who plays the role of Pete Barton in Emmerdale, first met the professional dancer when he was supporting his former Emmerdale co-star Gemma Atkinson during last year's series.

After they were spotted looked very cosy at the Strictly Come Dancing wrap party, Anthony and Dianne went public with their romance in a series of videos on social media.

The happy couple have since posted a number of loved up photos to their Instagram accounts.

Let's hope the infamous Strictly curse doesn't hit!

Australian dancer Dianne first joined the cast Strictly Come Dancing last year, when she was partnered with Reverend Richard Coles. After failing to impress the viewers at home, the pair were the second couple eliminated from the show.

Check out which other famous faces are rumoured for the 2018 series:


Strictly Come Dancing 2018 rumoured line-up (radio)

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Coleen Rooney

After welcoming her fourth child into the world in January, Coleen Rooney is reportedly 'in talks' with Strictly bosses to appear on the show.

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Michelle Keegan

Bosses are reportedly keen to 'break the bank' for former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan. The Our Girl star will be able to get a few tips from her husband Mark Wright after he appeared on the show back in 2014.

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Gemma Collins

TOWIE star Gemma Collins is a firm favourite to land a place on this year's show. However, speaking about her potential signing, Craig Revel Horwood recently said, "Gemma Collins would be fun on the show but it's not very often that we have reality stars take to the ballroom. We generally have people of a higher calibre than that."

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Rylan Clark-Neal

This Morning presenter Rylan Clark-Neal recently expressed his interest in taking part in the popular dancing show. He said, "I'm a big fan of Strictly. Last year, I got the chance to go down there for the first time as previously I've always been on The X Factor.** It was nice to go down and support Ruth. Never say never."

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Joey Essex

Former TOWIE star Joey Essex is also a keen favourite with bosses as they think he is 'TV gold'.

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Piers Morgan

Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan hinted that he could be appearing on the show this year. Piers's rival Lord Alan Sugar even said he would donate £25,000 to charity if Piers does take part, and an additional £25,000 if he gets past week five!

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Les Dennis

During a recent appearance on Sunday Brunch, Les Dennis said, "When I was doing Coronation Street I was approached but we weren't allowed to do it, we had a policy. I wouldn't mind doing it, I always like a challenge."

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Nadiya Hussain

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain attended a number of Strictly live shows last year, where she reportedly expressed her love for the show.

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Maya Jama

Stormzy's girlfriend Maya Jama is also a hot favourite to appear on the show.

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Jake Quickenden

He may have won Dancing On Ice earlier this year, but Jake Quickenden has sparked rumours he's heading to Strictly too.

In other Strictly Come Dancing news, after Brendan Cole's sacking earlier this year, judge Craig Revel Horwood recently revealed that nobody is safe.

Speaking to The Daily Star, Craig admitted 'everyone is replaceable'.

He said, "Everyone is replaceable, everyone. They could get someone else to replace me. They wouldn't be as good though! I usually know around June. So it will be a month and a half before I know if I'm doing the next series."

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The 16th series of Strictly Come Dancing is set to return later in the year.

This year's contestants will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of past winners, including the likes of Ore Oduba, Abbey Clancey, Jay McGuiness and last year's winner Joe McFadden.

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