Strictly star Cole becomes a dad

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Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole became a father on Christmas Day, he announced on Friday.

The 36-year-old dancer’s model wife of two years Zoe gave birth to a girl on December 25, he wrote on Twitter.

It is the couple’s first child.

The New Zealander wrote: “My wonderful wife & I had the best Christmas present ever. Our baby daughter arrived on Christmas Day. Zoe & Baby (sic) doing great! Very precious.”

Cole, who partnered Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton in the last series of Strictly, partnered model Kelly Brook on the pre-recorded Christmas Day special of the show.

It came third in the overnight ratings with 7.8 million viewers.