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Ashley's family stunned by dancing

Ashley Taylor Dawson has said his family have been amazed by his Strictly Come Dancing success - so much so that even his son is starstruck when he sees him.

The Hollyoaks actor is a favourite on this year's series of the BBC contest, where he is partnered by Ola Jordan.

Asked who his biggest fan was, he told TV Times: "My beautiful little boy Buddy, who's three in March. He's obsessed with Strictly - he grabs my phone and watches my dances over and over again.

"He's even started learning steps on his own and can do most of my first routine.

"He also now sees me as a sort of superhero figure. I came home the other day and he opened the lounge door and shouted, 'Ooh Mummy, it's Ashley Taylor Dawson!' I was like, 'No, it's Daddy!'."

Ashley, who became a dad for the second time just after the series started, said his fiancee was also impressed.

He said: "Before the show, my fiancee Karen and I used to laugh at each other if one of us caught the other really going for it on the dancefloor.

"However, since I've started, the biggest compliment is she hasn't been laughing. Instead, she's been pleasantly surprised and proud of me."

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