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Saturday 31 January 2015

Riley: I'm a minx since Strictly

Lisa Riley says being on Strictly has helped improve her love life
Lisa Riley says being on Strictly has helped improve her love life

Lisa Riley has admitted that her Strictly Come Dancing experience has turned her into "a little minx" and helped her find love.

The former Emmerdale star appeared on the last series of the BBC show and said her turn on the dancefloor has led to more attention from men and that she is now three months into a promising relationship, reported The Sun.

She said: "I've had loads more interest from men since I was on the show, which I adore. I'm a little minx now, which is brilliant. I have been going on a few dates and there's one romance that is going brilliantly.

"We've been dating for three months. I've been spending a lot more time in London recently and there's a lot more choice - I've seen all the boys in Manchester. There's a lot more to play with down here."

Lisa, 36, also dropped several dress sizes when she was on Strictly but insisted she has no plans to reinvent herself and that she only lost weight because she was on the show.

The actress and presenter told the Daily Mirror: "Everyone is obsessed with my weight. I think I just kicked my metabolism up the bum, it was the volume of cardio exercise every day. You are doing energetic workouts - sometimes you've done 35 minutes of full-on salsa.

"Everyone thinks I'm fat and unfit but I'm the fittest person I know. Even on the show, Robin (professional dance partner Robin Windsor) was miles more out of breath than I was and he's been dancing since he was three.The weight's still falling off me, because I'm still dancing."

Lisa is now set to star in new theatre show Strictly Confidential, which was written by Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood.

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