The Hollyoaks babe and ex-Emerdale hunk fell for each other after growing close at the gym – with a friend now the soap stars declaring ‘well’.
Love is blooming in the soap world as Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson is said to have fallen for former Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan.
The 37-year-old actress, who has played Maxine Miniver on the Channel 4 show since 2012, reportedly grew close to Anthony, 37, who played Pete Barton on Emmerdale in the gym from 2013 to 2020.
Nikki is said to be happy to see her back with a smile on her face after breaking up with businessman Greg Whitehurst during lockdown Lynn 2020 after first starting dating in 2015.
Nikki and Anthony reportedly started growing closer in 2021 and are now said to be enjoying their romance and are almost ready to tell the world about it.
A friend of the new couple told The Sun on Sunday: “Nikki and Anthony go to the same gym and are really into fitness, so they bonded over that.
“It has been some time now and things are going well.
“Nikki has been having a bit of a tough time lately, and Anthony has been a huge support to her.”
Nikki split from ex-boyfriend Greg during the country’s lockdown – and just weeks later she boasted about how happy they were together.
But by July 2020, the romance broke down, with Nikki telling reporters: “Sadly, Greg and I have decided to separate. We remain friends and wish each other the very best in the future.”
Meanwhile, Anthony split from previous girlfriend Diane Buswell after the Strictly Come Dancing professional cheated on him in 2018 to begin dating his then-ballroom partner, Joe Sugg.
Anthony was previously in a relationship with Michelle Keegan.
The ex-Emerdale star said after the collapse of his romance with Diane: “Of course I’d love to meet the right person and eventually I want to get married and start a family.”
Since leaving Emmerdale in 2020, Anthony has been building a reputation as a successful personal trainer and lifestyle coach.
He has launched his own health supplement company called BoxedOff and encourages clients to lose weight and get in shape after 12 weeks of fitness programs.
The star says: “I help people lose weight, tone up, and get lean.”
He also says on his fitness website: “I have a huge passion for health and fitness. I started online coaching to promote wellness, help people feel better about themselves, and achieve their personal goals.” Of.
“Whether it is for aesthetics, from weight loss to building muscle, or for strength, endurance and athletic performance, with the right mindset, commitment and dedication, I will get you there.
“My ultimate aim is for my clients to be the best version of themselves by reaching their goals.”