‘The man who makes me smile the most!’ Hollyoaks’ Nikki Sanderson makes her romance with Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan Instagram official as she shares gushing birthday tribute
Nikki Sanderson made her romance with Anthony Quinlan Instagram official on Thursday, sharing a gushing birthday tribute just days after he confirmed they were dating.
The Hollyoaks star, 38, took to Instagram to share a loved-up selfie with the Emmerdale actor, 38, as they enjoyed a romantic date night.
The couple, who were first reported to be dating last year, beamed as they cosied up in the snap while out for a meal to mark the special occasion.
New couple! Nikki Sanderson made her romance with Anthony Quinlan Instagram official on Thursday, sharing a gushing birthday tribute just days after he confirmed they were dating
Nikki gushed over Anthony as she captioned the snap: ‘The happiest of happy birthdays to the man who makes me smile the most ❤️ I hope your day is as amazing as you are’
Anthony replied in the comments: ‘Thank you baby ❤️❤️❤️’
The pair became romantically involved last year after years of friendship and Anthony confirmed their relationship on Tuesday.
It’s official! The Hollyoaks star (pictured) took to Instagram on Thursday to share a loved-up selfie with the Emmerdale actor as she wished him happy birthday
The couple have kept the relationship private until now, but Anthony admitted he has always ‘fancied’ her but doesn’t like people ‘prying’ on their love life.
In an interview on Tuesday, Anthony told The Sun: ‘I slid into the DMs and that was it. I was lucky enough to get a date and the rest is history.’
Speaking about new girlfriend Nikki – who plays Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks – he said: ‘All I can say is I’m really, really happy and she’s a very special girl. She’s lovely.
He went on to discuss why they have kept the relationship out of the spotlight, saying: ‘I’m happy that it is what it is and we haven’t got everyone prying.’
Taking it to the next level: Anthony recalled how he and the Hollyoaks star (pictured) became romantically involved last year after years of friendship
Anthony played Gilly Roach in Hollyoaks for six years until 2011. He later joined Emmerdale two years later before leaving after 716 episodes as Pete Barton.
He famously dated Strictly professional Dianne Buswell in 2018 before she grew close to her now-boyfriend Joe Sugg, who was her celeb partner on the show.
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.’
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)
The pair are said to have struck up a romance last year following Nikki’s split from ex Greg Whitehurst in 2020.
Her relationship with Anthony has since ‘gone from strength to strength’.
Their relationship was confirmed at the start of the year, as the The Sun reported: ‘Nikki and Anthony go to the same gym and are really into fitness, so they bonded over that.
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.’
Parting ways: Nikki and her ex Greg Whitehurst (pictured) split while in lockdown after five years together