EastEnders Danny Walters dating reality star Maddi Faircloth who found fame on Shipmates

Former EastEnders star Danny Walters has gone public with his new relationship.

The actor, 28, who played Keanu in the BBC soap, shared a snap with his new belle on Instagram, posting a photo of the pair at a Champneys spa resort.

The photo shows the two looking away from the camera, obscuring the woman’s identity, with Danny looking on lovingly at his new girlfriend.

While the seemingly mystery woman wasn’t tagged in Danny’s post, MailOnline has since reported that it is in fact reality star Maddi Faircloth, who found fame on the Channel 4 reality series, Shipmates.

They also report that the pair have actually been dating for several months now, and even spent Christmas together.

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Danny had previously been in a relationship with Lily Smith. The couple had been together for almost six years, and were even engaged, before ending things for good in June 2019 so Danny could focus on his career.

However, it seems Danny has gone on to find love again.

"Danny is smitten with Maddi but wanted to keep the relationship low profile," a close source told MailOnline.

"It's still early days but they enjoyed spending Christmas together and pals believe they'll get even more serious. Everyone is chuffed to bits for them as they get on so well."

OK! has contacted Danny's representatives for comment.

Maddi took part in 'raunchy' reality show Shipmates, aptly described as ‘Love Island on a boat’, in 2019.

Aside from her reality television stint, Maddi works as a data analyst and sells her own artwork.

Rising to fame in ITV comedy Benidorm, actor Danny first appeared in EastEnders as Keanu in 2017, with his character having his fair share of the drama – including a controversial affair with Sharon Mitchell behind husband Phil’s back.

The affair resulted in the couple having a son, Albie, before he went on to have a child with Sharon’s stepdaughter, Louise, in a major twist on the soap.

Not long after this, Danny left EastEnders in 2020, with his character fleeing to Spain.

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During his time in Walford, Danny went on to win Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards in 2018, and in his acceptance speech, he name checked then-girlfriend Lily.

"There’s so many people to thank for this… I’d mainly like to thank my partner Lily. There's been times when I’ve doubted myself and my talent but she’s the one who’s given me the inspiration.

"So I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for her."

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