Strictly's Shirley Ballas, 58, 'is secretly dating toyboy panto actor, 44

Strictly’s Shirley Ballas, 58, ‘is secretly dating toyboy panto actor, 44’… after gushing she found new love during the ‘best Christmas of her life’

She recently gushed she found her new man during the ‘best Christmas of her entire life’. 

And Shirley Ballas is reportedly dating actor Daniel Taylor, who is 14 years her junior, after the pair hit it off while working on Liverpool’s Jack and The Beanstalk pantomime. 

The Strictly judge, 58, was spotted walking arm-in-arm with Daniel, 44, on a romantic date in London on Saturday, in pictures obtained by The Sun.  

New love: Shirley Ballas is reportedly dating actor Daniel Taylor, who is 14 years her junior, after the pair hit it off while working on Liverpool's Jack and The Beanstalk pantomime 

New love: Shirley Ballas is reportedly dating actor Daniel Taylor, who is 14 years her junior, after the pair hit it off while working on Liverpool’s Jack and The Beanstalk pantomime 

An onlooker told the publication: ‘Shirley and Daniel looked like young lovers who didn’t have a care in the world, they seemed blissfully happy. 

While another insider added: ‘Shirley is in the very early days of dating Daniel, but she is not in a relationship and he is not her boyfriend.

‘Shirley has been open about being ­single for the past four-and-half years but feels ready to put herself out there again and start enjoying life.’

MailOnline has contacted Shirley’s representatives for comment.  

Loved-up: The Strictly judge, 58, was spotted walking arm-in-arm with Daniel, 44, on a romantic date in London

Loved-up: The Strictly judge, 58, was spotted walking arm-in-arm with Daniel, 44, on a romantic date in London

Blossoming romance: The pair met while working on the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime where Shirley played the fairy godmother and Jack the villain

Blossoming romance: The pair met while working on the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime where Shirley played the fairy godmother and Jack the villain

As well as being a regular on stage, Daniel has also appeared in TV shows including The Bill and Brookside.

The actor has a son from his previous relationship with actress Sharon Byatt, who starred in TV comedy Bread. 

Their day date comes after Shirley, who was married to fellow dancer Corky Ballas from 1985-2007, gushed about her new man during her interview on Lorraine.

She said last week: ‘Yes I’ve met somebody nice. I had the best Christmas ever being in panto, and my son flew over, it was the best Christmas ever in my entire life. 

Discussing her new shoes, she said: ‘My son (pro dancer Mark Ballas) and his wife bought them for me for Christmas, they represent freedom.

‘He is wishing for me to have a good relationship over the age of 50.’

Best Christmas ever: Their day date comes after Shirley, who was married to fellow dancer Corky Ballas from 1985-2007, gushed about her new man during her interview

Best Christmas ever: Their day date comes after Shirley, who was married to fellow dancer Corky Ballas from 1985-2007, gushed about her new man during her interview

Happy: She said: Yes I've met somebody nice. I had the best Christmas ever being in panto, and my son flew over, it was the best Christmas ever in my entire life' (pictured with cast)

Happy: She said: Yes I’ve met somebody nice. I had the best Christmas ever being in panto, and my son flew over, it was the best Christmas ever in my entire life’ (pictured with cast)

Shirley will switch her expertise from the dancefloor to dating as she helps a group of over 50s – three men and three women –  find love on a new This Morning segment, Matchmaker Mountain which airs every Tuesday in January. 

Hitting back at sexism, the star said her new programme gave women over 50 confidence.     

She said: ‘Women over 50, they get into a routine, they don’t want to go outside the box, but this programme encourages people that there is life over 50.’ 

Leading the way: Shirley will switch her expertise from the dancefloor to dating as she helps a group of over 50s - three men and three women - find love

Leading the way: Shirley will switch her expertise from the dancefloor to dating as she helps a group of over 50s – three men and three women – find love