Strictly's Flavia Cacace set to wed Jimi Mistry

Strictly's Flavia Cacace set to wed Jimi Mistry
Strictly's Flavia Cacace set to wed Jimi Mistry (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

Strictly Come Dancing professional Flavia Cacace is set to marry boyfriend Jimi Mistry, who was her dance partner on the series in 2010. The 33-year-old - who recently scored her first ever victory on the series when she partnered Louis Smith - broke the news to her Twitter followers, revealing that the East is East star had popped the queston over the festive season. "Sorry I have been a bit quiet, wanted to wish you all a very happy new year," she tweeted, and then added: "I've had a wonderful time and have some amazing news . . . All I need to say is @JimiMistry has made me the happiest girl in the world. Xxxx #engaged" The actor took to his own Twitter page in response, saying: "You've made me the happiness [sic] man xxxxx #thankgodshesaidyes." Flavia has been dating Jimi - who also starred in EastEnders since January 2011, shortly after they performed together on the show. She was previously in a relationship with another ex-EastEnder, Matt di Angelo - whom she partnered on the 2007 series. Although she and Matt reached the final that year they eventually lost to Alesha Dixon. Flavia was also previously engaged to fellow Strictly dancer Vincent Simone. It will be the second marriage for Jimi, who has an 11-year-old daughter, Elin. He split from his wife in 2010 a few months before appearing on Strictly.

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