Kara Tointon has revealed that she is attracted to dance partner Artem Chigvintsev because he is a gentleman.

The Strictly Come Dancing,/a> champions are rumoured to be dating, following their partnership on the dance show, although both are keeping coy about the blossoming romance.

However, Kara admitted to Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Show: “I was attracted to Artem because he is a real gentlemen and I haven’t met one of those in a while – he’s just a gorgeous person, he is gorgeous inside and out.”

The former EastEnders actress added: “We get on so well and we laugh so much. Now it (Strictly) is all over, it’s nice to get out of the studio and do some normal things.”

Kara, who previously dated her EastEnders co-star Joe Swash, didn’t expect to meet someone like Artem.

“I wasn’t looking for a relationship. I had decided before the show not to date for the next two years,” she said.

“I was having a moment out. I was off men.”

*Also joining host Graham on The Graham Norton Show, which will be shown on BBC One on Friday at 10.35pm, are Matt Smith, Matt Lucas, David Walliams and Ellie Goulding.