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Gorka Marquez: ‘Excited to be back’ Strictly pro to return to show with dance partner

Gorka Marquez, 29, is teaming up with Louisa Lytton, 30, to compete on Strictly Come Dancing for Children In Need.

The professional dancer revealed they had their first day of rehearsals this afternoon as he shared a picture of the two of them in the studio.

Gorka gave the camera a thumbs up while Louisa, who plays Ruby Allen in EastEnders, beamed away to the camera.

“First day of rehearsals with @louisanastrilytton done,” Gorka captioned it.

“EXCITED to be back on the dance floor for @bbccin show @bbcstrictly #bbccin #childreninneed #strictly.”

Many of the star’s 459,00 followers were ecstatic to find out Gorka will be back dancing with a partner again. 

One person wrote: “Look forward to it. I still think you should have been dancing with a partner on Strictly.”

“Will be great to see you back dancing with a celeb partner,” another wrote.

A third said: “Oh yes, missing you from this years couples so excited to see you on CIN.”(sic)

Louisa appeared on Strictly Come Dancing when she was 17-years-old, where she was partnered with Vincent Simone back in 2006, but the actress said she doesn’t remember a “single step” from her time on the show.

The soap star shared the same photo to her Instagram and wrote: “Well here we go then!!

“I can’t remember a SINGLE step from my strictly experience 13 years ago but boy is this going to be fun! @bbccin @bbcstrictly @gorka_marquez.”

Louisa joins another three members of the EastEnders cast who will be competing in the Children In Need special.

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Rudolph Walker (plays Patrick Trueman), Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway) and Maisie Smith (Tiffany Butcher) will also be swapping Albert Square for the dance floor.

Elsewhere, Gorka’s girlfriend, Gemma Atkinson, revealed when the two of them will try for another baby, following the birth of their first child, Mia.

Gemma spoke about their family plans to HELLO! Magazine: “I would definitely love another baby.” However, she went on to say that she doesn’t plan on adding to her brood just yet.

She said: “I want to enjoy Mia first, so not for a few years at least.

“I need to wait until she’s at school at least, then I can sleep!”

She added that she’d love Mia to have a little brother or sister: “If all goes to plan and we can have another baby, I’d love to have a sibling for her.”

She continued: “I grew up with a sister, Gorka grew up with a brother, so I think it’s nice to have someone to lean on and to share experiences with, to make memories with.”


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