Hollyoaks’ Maxine actress praises ‘wonderful’ soap star after confirming romance

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Hollyoaks actress Nikki Sanderson has recently gone public on her romance with her partner and fellow Hollyoaks actor Anthony Quinlan, and has excitedly spoken about how “lucky” she is to be with him.

The actress, known for playing Maxine Minniver in the soap, gushed about Quinlan at the Pride Of Manchester Awards and confirmed that the pair are “very happy” with each other.

The 38-year-old chatted to The Mirror and touched upon her “beloved hometown,” “how proud” she was to be at the award show and that she was looking forward to seeing “wonderful people being acknowledged” for their efforts.

She then opened up about her relationship with Anthony and said: “You know what, we are very happy. We are quite private, so I won't talk too much about it, but we are very happy,” with a “big smile on her face”.

The actress continued: “He’s such a wonderful guy and I’m very lucky.”

The pair’s relationship sparked after Anthony, who appeared on Hollyoaks from 2005 to 2011, messaged Nikki and the romance blossomed.

Speaking to The Sun in April about his wooing tactics, he said: "I slid into the DMs and that was it. I was lucky enough to get a date and the rest is history."

Anthony assured them that he is “really, really happy,” called her “a very special, lovely girl” and confirmed that the pair “like to keep their romance out of the spotlight”.

Soon after, Maxine shared their love with the world and took to Instagram to post on his birthday.

She uploaded a picture of them together for her 449,000 followers and wished him a happy birthday in the caption.

Nikki called him “the man who makes me smile the most” and hoped that his “day is as amazing as he is,” while Anthony replied with a “thank you” and called her “baby”.

The couple have both been veterans of soap land for a while as the pair have both appeared in rival shows before their time in Hollyoaks.

Nikki had a stint on Coronation Street as Candine Stowe when she was a teenager, as well as Dawn Bellamy in Heartbeat, while Anthony enjoyed seven years as Pete Barton on Emmerdale.

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