The Hollyoaks babe and the ex-Emmerdale hunk fell for each other after growing close at the gym – with a friend now declaring the soap stars are getting along ‘well’
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As Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson is reported to have fallen for Anthony Quinlan, an Emmerdale actor.
According to reports, the actress, 37, has been playing Maxine Minniver since 2012 on Channel 4 and was reportedly close to Anthony, 37, who played Pete Barton, Emmerdale’s protagonist, at the gym.
Friends say they are happy to see Nikki smile again after she broke up from Greg Whitehurst, a businessman.
According to reports, Anthony and Nikki grew closer in 2021. They are now enjoying their relationship and are ready to share it with the world.
An acquaintance of the newly married is quoted Silver Screen Beat Sunday “Nikki and Anthony go to the same gym and are really into fitness, so they bonded over that.
“It’s been a while now and things are going well.
“Nikki has been having a bit of a tough time lately, and Anthony has been a great support for her.”
Nikki split from ex-boyfriend Greg while the country was in lockdown – and just weeks after she had boasted about how happy they were together.
However, by July 2020, the romance was over. Nikki told reporters that it had ended. “Sadly Greg and I have decided to separate. We remain friends and wish the best for each other in the future.”
Anthony broke up with Dianne Buswell, his ex-girlfriend from the Strictly Come Dancing pro. He began dating Joe Sugg in 2018, her former ballroom partner.
Anthony was also in a relationship previously with Michelle Keegan.
Following the breakup of his relationship with Dianne, the ex-Emmerdale star spoke out: “Of course I’d love to meet the right person and eventually I’d like to get married and start a family.”
Anthony left Emmerdale in 2020 to become a successful personal trainer, coach and lifestyle consultant.
BoxedOff is his own company that sells health supplements. He encourages clients to lose weight, shape up and follow 12 week fitness programs.
The star said: “I help people lose weight, tone up and get lean.”
On his website, he also states: “I have a major passion for health and fitness. I started online coaching to promote wellness, help people feel better about themselves and achieve their personal goals.
“Whether it be 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 become the best version of themselves by reaching their goals.”