Ali Bastian Strictly supports Brian

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 July 2010
Ali Bastian

Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna

Former 'Hollyoaks' actress Ali Bastian admits she ''stands by'' her boyfriend Brian Fortuna in his decision to quit 'Strictly Come Dancing' following the recent shake-up by bosses

Ali Bastian "stands by" boyfriend Brian Fortuna's decision to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The former 'Hollyoaks' actress - who got together with the professional dancer after they were partnered together in last year's series - explained the new role Brian was offered was not what he was looking for.

She told Britain's OK! magazine: "He decided not to stay because they were giving him a very different role. He would have been in a dance troupe rather than be partnered with a celebrity, and it wasn't the role he was looking for, so he decided to take the opportunity to move on.

"I really stand by his decision."

The blonde beauty - who also played the part of PC Sally Armstrong in 'The Bill' for over two years - admitted she is "so sad" the drama is coming to an end later in the year.

She said: "I'm so sad. It's a place where a lot of actors cut their teeth, and it's something that showcases new talent, and I really don't know what's going to take its place. It's really sad for the industry. I just hope they fill the slot with some good drama."

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