Ellie Leach looks preoccupied as she checks her phone after friends reveal her ‘secret dates’ with Strictly Come Dancing co-star Bobby Brazier

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ellie Leach ventured out in blustery Newcastle on Wednesday as her new romance with Bobby Brazier was revealed. 

The actress checked phone messages outside her hotel during a reprieve from the Strictly touring schedule and its current stop in north-east England. 

Leach, 22, won the BBC show’s coveted Glitter Ball with Italian ballroom professional Vito Coppola in December. 

Her tactile chemistry with Coppola during weekly appearances on the talent show sparked persistent romance rumours, but sources claim she has since developed a close relationship with fellow finalist Brazier, 20.  

The EastEnders star was not present as Leach emerged in Newcastle dressed in a faux-leather trench coat, black jeans and matching Ugg boots. 

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ellie Leach ventured out in blustery Newcastle on Wednesday as her new romance with Bobby Brazier was revealed

The actress is said to have been on 'secret dates' with Brazier during their current UK tour

The actress is said to have been on ‘secret dates’ with Brazier during their current UK tour 

The actress, best known for her role as Faye Windass in Coronation Street, looked preoccupied while checking her phone before returning to her hotel. 

Hours later, sources revealed the actress had enjoyed a series of ‘secret dates’ with Brazier while participating in the annual Strictly Come Dancing tour. 

A source told The Sun how the pair have kissed and been on secret dates during their breaks between performances.

They said: ‘Bobby and Ellie are the talk of the tour. Their friendship has grown and grown, and they’ve been spending nearly all their free time together before and after performances.’

‘They’ve been having their meals together, and flirting increasingly openly. The chat on tour is they may have enjoyed a cheeky snog, and will go public with their romance any week now.’

Representatives for Leach and Brazier have been contacted by MailOnline for comment. 

The EastEnders star was not present as Leach emerged in Newcastle dressed in a faux-leather trench coat, black jeans and matching Ugg boots

The EastEnders star was not present as Leach emerged in Newcastle dressed in a faux-leather trench coat, black jeans and matching Ugg boots

The actress, best known for her role as Faye Windass in Coronation Street , looked preoccupied while checking her phone before returning to her hotel

Leach was taking a break between shows on the Strictly tour

The actress, best known for her role as Faye Windass in Coronation Street , looked preoccupied while checking her phone before returning to her hotel

Hours later, sources revealed the actress had enjoyed a series of 'secret dates' with Brazier while participating in the annual Strictly Come Dancing tour (pictured together on January 18)

Hours later, sources revealed the actress had enjoyed a series of ‘secret dates’ with Brazier while participating in the annual Strictly Come Dancing tour (pictured together on January 18)

On Tuesday night the actress shared an Instagram selfie as she cuddled up to Brazier while on the road from Birmingham to Sheffield.

Also on Tuesday, pro dancer Nikita Kuzmin posted a photo of the pair having dinner backstage one night on tour, Brazier’s arm draped around the back of her chair. 

Leach and Brazier have previously been pictured enjoying time together away from their Strictly co-stars during a low-key date at Nandos and arriving at their Sheffield hotel together earlier this week. 

The two youngest Strictly stars reportedly partied until 3am after the opening night of their UK tour – just hours before they had to perform again.

Both Leach and Brazier were said to be among a group of stars letting loose at a lavish hotel bash, according to The Sun, after their first live show at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.

Strictly bosses reportedly spent £3,000 on hiring an entire floor at the Malmaison hotel in Birmingham for celebrations as the tour kicked off.

Nikita Kuzmin posted a photo of Leach and Brazier having dinner backstage one night on tour

Nikita Kuzmin posted a photo of Leach and Brazier having dinner backstage one night on tour

The pair enjoyed time together away from their Strictly co-stars during a low-key date at Nandos last week (pictured)

The pair enjoyed time together away from their Strictly co-stars during a low-key date at Nandos last week (pictured)

After a three-course dinner and drinks the party really started as they danced around to tunes played off a phone into the early hours.

But after staying up until 3am they had a matinée performance at 2.30pm on Saturday then a second show at 7pm.

Leach and her professional show partner Coppola were crowned Strictly champions last year, with the pair repeatedly dogged by romance rumours throughout the series.

The former Coronation Street actress became the show’s youngest ever winner as she pipped Brazier and Layton Williams to the post.

However, the pair clarified their relationship status last week, with Vito insisting they are ‘going nowhere’, but confirmed they are just good friends.

Speaking to the The Mirror, he said: ‘We have a great relationship and honestly when you just find people, not just me and Ellie but their family which I love.

A source told The Sun how the pair have kissed and been on secret dates during their breaks between performances (pictured with their co-stars)

A source told The Sun how the pair have kissed and been on secret dates during their breaks between performances (pictured with their co-stars)

Leach beat Brazier and fellow finalist Layton Williams to the Strictly Glitterball trophy in December

Leach beat Brazier and fellow finalist Layton Williams to the Strictly Glitterball trophy in December 

‘You just find these people that you think are going to stay in my life forever, in each others lives forever, and all the family and the dogs.’

‘We are going nowhere, don’t worry I am going to annoy you every single day, every week and every single year,’ he added.

When asked if they meant as friends, the pair confirmed that they are just good friends as they gave an insight into their close bond.

Brazier meanwhile split from his model girlfriend Liberty Love last year, and was briefly linked to fashion consultant Boadecia Evans. 

Ellie and her pro partner Vito Coppola were crowned Strictly champions last year, with the pair repeatedly dogged by romance rumours throughout the series

Ellie and her pro partner Vito Coppola were crowned Strictly champions last year, with the pair repeatedly dogged by romance rumours throughout the series

Brazier meanwhile split from his model girlfriend Liberty Love last year, and was briefly linked to fashion consultant Boadecia Evans (pictured)

Brazier meanwhile split from his model girlfriend Liberty Love last year, and was briefly linked to fashion consultant Boadecia Evans (pictured)

There had also been speculation around Brazier's relationship with his dance partner Dianne Buswell, who is 14 years his senior, after he called her his 'Juliet'

There had also been speculation around Brazier’s relationship with his dance partner Dianne Buswell, who is 14 years his senior, after he called her his ‘Juliet’ 

While talking with presenter Claudia Winkleman during one of the Strictly live shows, he revealed that he was sharing a bed with someone and had woken them up by performing a dance move.

He said: ‘I woke up one moment doing this… I woke myself up doing that and then the week before, the person that I shared a bed with, I turned and said this is the industrial twist…’

There had also been speculation around Brazier’s relationship with his dance partner Dianne Buswell, who is 14 years his senior, after he called her his ‘Juliet.’

However, Buswell’s romance with former Strictly partner and YouTube star Joe Sugg, 32, is still going strong.

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