Gorka Marquez is finally reunited with daughter Mia after 78 days of being away for Strictly Come Dancing

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After Gorka Marquez and partner Maisie Smith were announced as runners-up on Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing final, the dancer has been reunited with 17 month old daughter Mia.

The doting dad, who shared a sweet tribute to Gemma Atkinson, had to form a bubble with his Strictly co-stars, but after 78 days apart, Gorka was allowed to head home to be with Mia and his lady love.

The Spanish star posted a adorable snap of the moment he hugged his baby for the first time on Instagram.

In the picture, the daddy daughter duo can be seen enjoying a warm embrace, as Mia holds a picture she drew for her dad.

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Gorka captioned it: "HOME @glouiseatkinson," alongside a heart emoji.

His celebrity pals took to the comments section to send their messages about the heartwarming pictures.

Gorka's Strictly co-star Giovanni Pernice wrote: "The best pic ever," with a heart eyes emoji.

While Karen Hauer said: "Awwww so happy you're home with your beautiful girls."

"We are counting the hours. I can't stop crying this picture," Judge Motsi Mabuse gushed.

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Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh added: "Everything right here. Well done mate for working so hard – proud daddy."

Gorka's girlfriend Gemma was also excited for her man's return as she posted the same picture on her own Instagram and said: "HOME. After 79 days he's home."

The former Hollyoaks actress also took to her Instagram stories to show her fans a clip of Mia laying fast asleep on her dad's chest.

"Missed you," Gemma added, as she beamed bright about his return.

Just hours before Gorka was set to perform on the live Strictly Come Dancing final, Gemma and Mia were involved in a scary car incident.

The mum-of-one, who previously sparked rumours she and Gorka had secretly got married, told her fans on Instagram that a "chihuahua ran in front of the road."

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A visibly shaken Gemma said: "I'm just driving home, I've pulled over, I can't get out, I've got Mia with me.

"Just going down a dual carriage way and a little Chihuahua, has ran out into the road," the 36 year old explained.

"Oh my god. It wasn't with anyone, it ran across, it had no collar on.

"I've circled around, and obviously I can't see it and I can't get out and look for it because I've got Mia with me," the helpess star shared.

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