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Kara and Artem Strictly housemates

Strictly Come Dancing winner Kara Tointon has revealed she has set up home with lover Artem Chigvintsev - but is in no rush to walk down the aisle.

The pair - who met on the BBC One dance show - have moved in together and former EastEnder Tointon said she is "enjoying having that nice settled feeling".

They posed together at their new north London flat for Hello! but told the magazine that marriage was not on the cards yet.

Kara said: "I dream of getting married one day, but at the moment we're just happy being happy.

"Don't get me wrong, I would love to. But my parents never married and are still together. I would rather have a nice life together than worry about a silly date."

The couple began dating after hooking up during last year's Strictly although Kara said she had planned to stay "single for two years".

She had also decided to give up acting to become an interior designer with the money from Strictly financing her college studies.

But her meeting with her Russian dance partner and a leading role in West End theatre production Pygmalion stifled both plans.

Kara - whose flat is now the home for their Strictly glitterball trophy - said she and her boyfriend are like chalk and cheese.

"Artem is calm and chilled out. He's very organised and everything is very particular. I dream of being neat."

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