Emmerdale shuts down rumours Anthony Quinla is set for Strictly - with girlfriend Dianne Buswell

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Emmerdale actor Anthony Quinlan has been rumoured for Strictly Come Dancing 2018.

But soap bosses have shut down the rumours in a statement this weekend.

Anthony had been tipped for the new series, and could dance alongside girlfriend Dianne Buswell.

Dianne joined the BBC One show as a pro last year, where she danced with Reverend Richard Coles.

She and Anthony have been dating since the end of 2017 and could be Strictly's first ever real life couple to dance together.

“Bosses think their real-life chemistry would be a massive draw for viewers and would really rev up the competition," a source said. “Dianne thinks the winning gimmick will guarantee her a place in the professional line-up as she’s still waiting to hear whether not she’s made the cut."

They explained to The Sun newspaper: “The only catch is that Anthony still needs to confirm Emmerdale bosses will give him time off set to immerse himself in dance rehearsals.

“He’s hoping that he can convince them it would be great coverage and promotion for the soap as well.”

However Emmerdale bosses have since shut down the rumours.

"There are no plans for Anthony to do Strictly," a spokesperson for the ITV soap said.

Other names Strictly Come Dancing bosses could sign this year include TV personality Anneka Rice, X Factor star turned TV host Rylan Clark-Neal, football pundit Chris Kamara and Radio DJ Maya Jama.

More potential Strictly 2018 celebs include soap stars Chelsea Halfpenny and Hayley Tamaddon plus breakfast TV presenters Piers Morgan and Dan Walker, who front ITV's Good Morning Britain and BBC's Breakfast respectively.

2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussein Hollyoaks star turned Oscar winner Rachel Shenton and The Chase's Mark Labbett have also been tipped to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2018, alongside former England footballer David James and Actress Michelle Keegan.

Strictly Come Dancing will begin on BBC One in the autumn.

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