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Hollyoaks’ Nikki Sanderson is ‘DATING Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan’

‘He’s been a great support to her’: Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson ‘is dating Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan’ after ‘bonding over a love of fitness’


Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson is dating former Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan, according to reports.

The pair are said to have struck up a romance last year following 37-year-old Nikki’s split from ex Greg Whitehurst in 2020 and her relationship with Anthony, also 37, has since ‘gone from strength to strength’.

The Sun reports: ‘Nikki and Anthony go to the same gym and are really into fitness, so they bonded over that.

New flame: Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson, 37, is dating former Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan, also 37, according to reports (pictured in 2015)

Going strong: The pair are said to have struck up a romance last year and their romance has since 'gone from strength to strength' (pictured in 2018)

Going strong: The pair are said to have struck up a romance last year and their romance has since ‘gone from strength to strength’ (pictured in 2018)

A source added to the paper: ‘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.’

MailOnline has contacted both Nikki and Anthony’s representatives for comment. 

Nikki and her ex Greg went their separate ways in July 2020 after five years together, while Anthony’s exes include Michelle Keegan, who he split from in 2008, and Strictly’s Dianne Buswell, who Anthony dated from 2017 to 2018.

Parting ways: Nikki and Greg Whitehurst (pictured) split while in lockdown after five years together

Parting ways: Nikki and Greg Whitehurst (pictured) split while in lockdown after five years together

Speaking about their split to the Daily Star in 2018, Anthony said: ‘We’re still really good friends – it’s just distance played a part.

‘There were all these rumours about the Strictly curse but it wasn’t that.’

Nikki broke the news of her and Greg’s split to The Sun in 2020 and said they have remained friends, though the publication claimed he has since joined dating app Bumble.

Explaining what happened, she revealed: ‘Sadly Greg and I have decided to separate. We remain friends and wish the best for each other in the future.’

Her relationship with Greg got off to a controversial start, as she started dating him in 2015, just ten months after she attended his wedding as a guest.

In an interview with OK! Magazine in 2015, Nikki said of their romance: ‘[Greg’s] been blamed for something he didn’t do… in reality there was a third party who split them up on the other side.

‘It ended through no fault of Greg’s. People say, ”Well, I wouldn’t want to be her mate because she’d steal my boyfriend.” I’d never do anything like that.’

Romance: Nikki's relationship with Greg got off to a controversial start, as she started dating him in 2015 just ten months after she attended his wedding as a guest

Romance: Nikki’s relationship with Greg got off to a controversial start, as she started dating him in 2015 just ten months after she attended his wedding as a guest

She previously confirmed in a statement to MailOnline that they got together not long after his split from Sarah.

‘I have known Greg and his family for many years. Greg’s marriage ended in January, it was a very difficult time for him during which all of his friends and family supported him,’ Nikki explained.

Nikki has played Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks since 2012 and has proved her acting prowess as she received nominations for the Best Actress award at the British Soap Awards 2014 and 2015.

The actress also appeared in Coronation Street from 1999 to 2005, where she played Candice Stowe over 397 episodes.

Still pals: Speaking about his split from Dianne Buswell at the time, Anthony said: 'We're still really good friends - it's just distance played a part' (pictured in 2018)

Still pals: Speaking about his split from Dianne Buswell at the time, Anthony said: ‘We’re still really good friends – it’s just distance played a part’ (pictured in 2018)

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