Strictly Come Dancing third-place getter Ali Bastian has spoken out about her relationship with dance partner Brian Fortuna, calling him ‘incredible’.

The Bill actress, who was knocked out of the competition in the semi-final, stopped short of confirming the pair were an item, but told how they’ve become inseparable since beginning training and planned to go on their first proper date.

She told The Sun: “Meeting Brian has been the best thing about Strictly for me – he’s incredible, and he’s not bad-looking, so it has helped the hours in the training room go a lot faster.

“Brian has boosted my confidence so much. He makes me feel sexy and that’s the main thing. He’s been incredible with me the last few months.”

Ali isn’t looking forward to being apart from her dance partner over the Christmas holidays, when he returns to the US to spend the festive period with his family.

“I hope we’ll see each other over Christmas. He’s going back to the States and we’ve both got some family stuff, but I can’t imagine not spending time with him,” she said.

“Brian and I are taking time to get to know each other now. I’d love to go on holiday with him.”