Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez "hug for a whole minute" every day as they are both missing their families.

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez

Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez

Maisie is currently living alone in London while filming 'Strictly Come Dancing' and she has formed a support bubble with her professional dance partner Gorka Marquez, who has been forced to live apart from his partner Gemma Atkinson, 35, and their 16-month-old daughter Mia, while the show is on.

She told The Sun newspaper: "Every morning we hug for a whole minute. I can’t go home and hug my family so I take it out on him.

"Gorka is living alone and so am I. All the loneliness we’re feeling at home we can just come in and actually hug someone.

"We have great chemistry dancing and off the dancefloor it’s the same. We’ve become really good friends. Gorka and I have realised we’re the same person.

"It’s crazy. We clicked so quickly. We can read each other’s faces and we know what we’re thinking."

Meanwhile, 19-year-old actress Maisie also admitted that she could walk away from the BBC One soap 'EastEnders', where she has played Tiffany Butcher since 2008, in order to try new things.

Maisie said: "In the future I want to try new things and I want to play new characters, but for right now I’m happy because 'EastEnders' want me still."