Strictly’s Ellie Leach’s very famous cousin she rarely talks about

Strictly Come Dancing star Ellie Leach has all eyes on her at the moment, as she is impressing on the dancing show.

In week one of the show, the 22 year old was told by head judge Shirley Ballas that she "has it all," but what fans might not know is she has a very famous cousin who she rarely speaks about.

Ellie is best known for her role in Coronation Street playing Faye Windass, and part of her family on the show is Sophie Webster, who is played by, Brooke Vincent.

However, what fans may not realise is that the two soap stars are actually related in real life.

Despite there being an eight year age gap between the pair, it seems like they are quite close, and Ellie is godmother to Brooke's son Mexx.

Last year, Ellie referred to herself as Brooke's "mini-me" as she posted a sweet 30th birthday tribute on Instagram.

She wrote: "All I’ve wanted to do since I was younger is be like you. To dress like you, to have my hair the way you have yours, to wear them 7 inch platform heels you wore, which I still have no idea how, but most of all to be the kind of person you are."

Earlier this year, it was confirmed that after 12 years Ellie was leaving her role on the cobbles.

As she prepared to leave, she revealed to OK! and other members of the press the advice that Brooke had given her when she was just 10 years old.

Ellie explained: "She was like, be yourself, everyone will love you, and that's what I've done.

"I've just been myself, and that is why I have been here so long, I've been myself, but also, I made this part of me, and that will never go away. Corrie and Faye Windass will always be a part of me."

Back in August, 31 year old Brooke organised a special send-off party for Ellie before she commenced her Strictly training, reported theDaily Record .

On social media, Ellie explained that Brooke had convinced her that they were going for a "few quiet drinks" at their local pub, but it turned out to be a huge "good luck" party for the actress.

She also wrote: "Having all my family and friends together just having fun is something that I will always cherish, I can’t believe the love and support I have received already, feeling so grateful and blessed."

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