Maisie Smith puffs a cigarette with Strictly tour co-stars after cuddling up to Kai Widdrington

EX EastEnders star Maisie Smith was spotted enjoying a late-night cigarette break with her Strictly tour co-stars on Friday.

The 20-year-old was joined by Jake Leigh and John Whaite as they sat outside a hotel in London and animatedly chatted away.

Maisie looked in high spirits as she was seen laughing alongside the Great British Bake Off winner, 32, and the professional dancer.

The star was dressed down in a casual grey zip-up sweater and matching joggers and some comfortable-looking bright pink fluffy slippers.

Maisie wept her curly locks off her face in a half-up-half-down do' and donned a pair of simple gold earrings to complete the look.

Her pals were dressed in stylish all-black outfits for the group outing but made sure to wrap up warm against the chilly weather.

Maisie was announced as a last-minute replacement for AJ Odudu in the upcoming tour and seems to have built a great relationship with Kai Widdrington, 26, already.

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The pair were spotted cuddling up this week as they headed to dinner in between rehearsals.

AJ – who was romantically linked to Kai throughout the series – was forced to pull out of the final with just a day's notice after suffering from ligament damage.

Maisie – who quit playing Tiffany Butcher last year alongside Gorka Marquez – announced she was taking part in the tour this month.

She told fans: "So excited to be a part of the @bbcstrictly team again on this years arena tour – dancing with the wonderful @kaiwidd💃🏻I wish @ajodudu a speedy recovery 🙏🏼❤️."

While a gutted AJ said: “I’m devastated not to be able to take part in the Strictly tour due to injury.

"I had hoped for one last dance with Kai, but I must obviously follow the medical advice. I wish my Strictly family the very best of luck on the road and I’ll definitely be there to cheer them on."

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