Shirley cha-cha charmed by her younger lover

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Mark Reynolds

HAND in hand, they score a per­fect 10 in the hap­pi­ness stakes.

Step­ping out with her younger lover, Strictly Come Danc­ing head judge Shirley Bal­las clearly can­not con­tain her joy.

She was pic­tured leav­ing the launch of the new se­ries of the hit BBC show with boyfriend Daniel Tay­lor.

At 44, ac­tor Mr Tay­lor is some 14 years younger than his fa­mous girl­friend.

But, af­ter two failed mar­riages, the Queen of Latin dance su­per­star is said to be happy and in love again.

Re­laxed

And she looked re­laxed and con­tent af­ter dress­ing down from an ear­lier ap­pear­ance on the red car­pet.

One on­looker said: “They both looked happy and ex­tremely com­fort­able with each other.”

The pair be­gan dat­ing in Jan­uary af­ter meet­ing dur­ing re­hearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk, a pan­tomime they starred in to­gether at Liver­pool’s Em­pire Theatre over Christ­mas.

News of her new ro­mance came just a week af­ter she had told TV host Lor­raine Kelly that she had met “some­body nice”.

Shirley had also hinted that she had started dat­ing again when she tweeted that her panto co-star

Daniel was a “very funny, hand­some man”.

A source close to Ms Bal­las said: “Shirley has been open about be­ing sin­gle for the past four years but feels ready to put her­self out there again and start en­joy­ing life.”

Mr Tay­lor has en­joyed an extensive and suc­cess­ful act­ing ca­reer, both on stage and screen and is one of the coun­try’s most soughtafte­r theatre ac­tors.

He has also had roles in TV se­ries The Bill and Brook­side.

Like Ms Bal­las, he is a trained dancer in ball­room, tap and waltz and also re­leased an al­bum in 2015 called The Party Is Over.

He has a young son with ac­tress Sharon Byatt, who played Ire­nee in the leg­endary BBC sit­com Bread.

The 17th se­ries of Strictly be­gins on BBC One on Satur­day, Septem­ber 7. Ms Bal­las, who joined the pop­u­lar show in 2017, will be back with her fel­low judges.

Bliss...Shirley Bal­las leaves the launch of the new se­ries of Strictly

Pic­tures: BACKGRID, GETTY

Shirley beams with joy as she walks hand in hand with her boyfriend Daniel Tay­lor. Be­low, the judge at the Strictly launch show

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