Hollyoaks star Nikki Sanderson cut a glamorous figure as she celebrated her 38th birthday at Menagerie in Manchester on Saturday.
The actress was followed just minutes later by Emmerdale star Anthony Quinlan, amid rumours the pair started dating earlier this year.
Nikki flaunted her incredible figure in a green sequinned mini dress that flashed a hint of her toned abs as she arrived at the swanky eatery.
Dating? Hollyoaks’ Nikki Sanderson celebrated her 38th birthday at Menagerie in Manchester on Saturday, arriving at the venue minutes ahead of rumoured beau Anthony Quinlan
The soap star’s dress also highlighted her toned pins and she accessorised with black thin-stapped heels as she prepared to mark her birthday in style.
Mere minutes later, Anthony, who played Pete Barton on Emmerdale, opted for a smart green jumper and jeans as he headed to the restaurant.
It was reported in January that Nikki and Anthony were dating after reportedly bonding over their love of fitness.
Stunning: The actress flaunted her incredible figure in a green sequinned mini dress that flashed a hint of her toned abs as she arrived at the swanky eatery
Gorgeous: The soap star’s dress also highlighted her toned pins and she accessorised with black thin-stapped heels as she prepared to mark her birthday in style
The pair are said to have struck up a romance last year following 37-year-old Nikki’s split from ex Greg Whitehurst in 2020 and her relationship with Anthony, also 37, has since ‘gone from strength to strength’.
The Sun reports: ‘Nikki and Anthony go to the same gym and are really into fitness, so they bonded over that.
A source added to the paper: ‘It’s been a while now and things are going well.
‘Nikki has been having a bit of a tough time lately, and Anthony has been a great support for her.’
MailOnline contacted both Nikki and Anthony’s representatives for comment at the time.
Casual: Mere minutes later, Anthony, who played Pete Barton on Emmerdale, opted for a smart green jumper and jeans as he headed to the restaurant
Nikki and her ex Greg went their separate ways in July 2020 after five years together, while Anthony’s exes include Michelle Keegan, who he split from in 2008, and Strictly’s Dianne Buswell, who Anthony dated from 2017 to 2018.
Speaking about their split to the Daily Star in 2018, Anthony said: ‘We’re still really good friends – it’s just distance played a part.
‘There were all these rumours about the Strictly curse but it wasn’t that.’
Nikki broke the news of her and Greg’s split to The Sun in 2020 and said they have remained friends, though the publication claimed he has since joined dating app Bumble.
Parting ways: Nikki and Greg Whitehurst (pictured) split while in lockdown after five years together
Explaining what happened, she revealed: ‘Sadly Greg and I have decided to separate. We remain friends and wish the best for each other in the future.’
Her relationship with Greg got off to a controversial start, as she started dating him in 2015, just ten months after she attended his wedding as a guest.
In an interview with OK! Magazine in 2015, Nikki said of their romance: ‘[Greg’s] been blamed for something he didn’t do… in reality there was a third party who split them up on the other side.
‘It ended through no fault of Greg’s. People say, ”Well, I wouldn’t want to be her mate because she’d steal my boyfriend.” I’d never do anything like that.’
Romance: Nikki’s relationship with Greg got off to a controversial start, as she started dating him in 2015 just ten months after she attended his wedding as a guest
She previously confirmed in a statement to MailOnline that they got together not long after his split from Sarah.
‘I have known Greg and his family for many years. Greg’s marriage ended in January, it was a very difficult time for him during which all of his friends and family supported him,’ Nikki explained.
Nikki has played Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks since 2012 and has proved her acting prowess as she received nominations for the Best Actress award at the British Soap Awards 2014 and 2015.
The actress also appeared in Coronation Street from 1999 to 2005, where she played Candice Stowe over 397 episodes.
Still pals: Meanwhile Anthony previously dating Strictly Come Dancing pro Dianne Buswell, before splitting in 2018