Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma Atkinson has dismissed rumours that a feud has developed between her and fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestant Alexandra Burke.

The former Emmerdale actress is said to be dating Burke’s professional dance partner, Gorka Marquez, but Atkinson brushed off any suggestion that the pair are more than dance rivals.

The 32-year-old told the Daily Mirror: "People love to hear that contestants or pros are falling out because they love a little bit of drama. But unfortunately there isn’t any."

The actress, whose dance partner is Aljaz Skorjanec, insisted: "We’re all so focused on our dances that we haven’t got time to fall out. Gorka’s priority on the show is getting Alexandra through week by week, the same thing Aljaz has.

She added: "My focus is pleasing Aljaz, it’s the same for every couple."

Asked about her relationship with Marquez, Atkinson said: "We are getting to know each other, but for now the main focus is dancing."

Strictly Come Dancing continues tonight on BBC One at 6.50pm.