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Kara and Artem's family Christmas

Kara Tointon and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev are planning to spend Christmas together.

The 27-year-old former EastEnders star has made no secret of her crush on the 28-year-old Russian dance hunk, and the chemistry between the two is clear.

Now Artem has told New! magazine he wants to take Kara on their first proper date when the show is over and he will be spending the festive season with her.

Artem revealed: "We'll be going to see her family."

He added: "It's so easy dancing with a beautiful girl. Kara inspires me so much.

"We have a lot in common. We enjoy the same movies and share the same sense of humour. We saw Despicable Me the other day and couldn't stop laughing.

"We like going to restaurants and I love cooking, too. I've made Kara my spaghetti carbonara and plan on cooking her some Russian specialities when I have more time.

"Her family are amazing, too. What can I say? Everything is positive!"

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