Strictly Come Dancing stars celebrate finishing first day of rehearsals

Gemma Atkinson Marquez spark romance rumours

Actress Gemma Atkinson

The soap star has promised viewers will see her character Carly Hope back in the Dales after exiting in June - but admitted she's unsure of the timeline just yet.

The blonde has been paired with pro dancer Aljaz Skorjanec, who is now whipping her into shape ahead of the first performance show.

Strictly Come Dancing is barely back on our TV screens but rumours of the first romance have already begun, with Gemma Atkinson reportedly growing close to professional dancer Gorka Marquez.

When asked whether she was looking for love on the show, she said: "No, gosh!"

"I think she'll go off but eventually come back not to cause trouble but maybe to make amends", she told Metro shortly after her exit scenes aired.

According to The Sun, Gorka and Gemma bonded over their shared love of fitness during the show's initial rehearsals, and have even been hanging out together away from the show.

'They couldn't keep away from each other at group rehearsals.

Gemma has been linked to footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Darren Bent in the past, while Gorka is thought to have split from his fiancée Lauren Sheridan in December.

However, the pair won't get to spend that much time together as Gorka is partnered with Alexandra Burke for the show and Gemma is teamed up with Aljaz Skorjanec.

She previously opened up about the infamous "Strictly Curse" - which has plagued contestants over the years - but laughed off any suggestion. The Emmerdale actress recently said: "I've been single ages so there wouldn't be any curse for me".

The former Emmerdale beauty, who was paired with Aljaz Skorjanec on the launch show, told The Sun at the press launch: 'I've been single for ages so there wouldn't be any curse for me. It sounds all lovely. "On camera it looks good, but when you're in it and doing it, it's awkward".

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