Gemma Atkinson plays matchmaker to Emmerdale star and Strictly professional – with pair becoming 'lovely couple'

Posted on Dec 19 2017 - 11:38am by admin

Strictly Come Dancing: Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec made it to BlackpoolGemma Atkinson has apparently become a matchmaker[BBC]

The Emmerdale actress has now helped her soap star colleague in the romance department – by setting him up with a Strictly Come Dancing star.

Sources have revealed Anthony Quinlan has wooed dancer Dianna Buswell and is “besotted” with the Australian beauty.

Anthony plays Pete Barton in Emmerdale, but it seems he waltzed down to London to meet up with Dianne, and he even watched her perform live in the studio on the BBC ballroom and latin show.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Anthony Quinlan attends The British Soap Awards at The Lowry Theatre on June 3, 2017 in Manchester, England. The Soap Awards will be aired on June 6 on ITV at 8pm. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)Anthony Quinlan is apparently dating a Strictly star[Getty]

A Strictly source told The Sun: “Anthony and Dianne looked very cosy on Saturday night in the studio. He has told pals he is really into her and made the trip down to London to see her.

“He brought Jamie with him but only had eyes for Dianne. During rehearsals, she darted off the dancefloor and ran straight up to him in the crowd to give him a cuddle. He introduced her to Jamie, too.”

And they did little to hide their affection at the show’s after party.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06: Dianne Buswell attends the Inside Soap Awards at The Hippodrome on November 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)Dianne Buswell joined the show this year[Getty]

“They seem like a lovely couple. They were very close at the show’s official after-party. They weren’t bothered who saw,” the source added.

Dianne is new to Strictly, and was partnered with Reverend Richard Coles on the latest series.

The news comes after Simon Rimmer was forced to comment on speculation he is secretly dating Gemma after they met on the show. Taking to Twitter Simon, who was partnered with Karen Clifton and was eliminated during week six, hit back at a Twitter user.

Strictly Come Dancing: Simon Rimmer admitted he needs his thigh to be strapped upSimon Rimmer said Gemma is like a ‘daughter’ to him [BBC]

“Gemma is like a daughter to me and has become a friend of all my family. I think it’s funny,” he wrote to his 255k followers.

Former Hollyoaks star Gemma then re-tweeted his response, adding: “Howling,” alongside three crying-laughing emojis.

Adding to the hilarious string of messages, Simon tweeted: “Do you think we need to be quiet about our date on Weds with my wife and 23 of our friends Gem? x”.

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