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Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton made a big impression when she appeared on This Morning on Friday – catching the eye of none other than One Direction’s Niall Horan.

Rachel – who is due to quit her role in the Channel 4 soap as Mitzeee Miniver – had been a guest on the show to discuss Eamonn Holmes’ cameo role in the soap when the boy band heart-throb got in touch.

And his tweet – reading ‘That girl on @itv1thismorning is beautiful!’ quickly attracted the attention of Eamonn and co-presenter Ruth Langsford.

“Niall from One Direction has been in touch,” he later said, “commenting on our last guest saying how striking she was.”

Ruth added: “And she’s single Niall, I’ve checked for you! That’s all I’m saying.”

Before leaving the studio, Rachel joined up with The Hub presenter Matt Johnson to respond, tweeting a snap and message saying “Hello Niall!”

And Niall soon reciprocated with a snap of himself, holding a sign which read: “Hello Rachel!! xx”

However it remains unclear whether romance may blossom, with an insider saying that that the actress admitted: He’s a bit young for me! What is he, like 12?”.

However the source added that Rachel would still be keen to meet the singer.