Bury actress Lisa Riley has paid tribute to Strictly Come Dancing star Robin Windsor - who she partnered with on the show - following his death.

The 47-year-old, who plays Mandy Dingle on ITV’s Emmerdale said Robin, who died aged 44, “will always be loved” in a moving tribute posted on her X account on Monday.

The pair competed on the 10th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, making it to the semi-finals before being voted out.

Robin appeared on hit BBC reality programme Strictly between 2010 and 2013 as a professional dancer, partnering with celebrities Patsy Kensit, Anita Dobson and Deborah Meaden as well as Lisa.

Paying tribute, Lisa shared photos of the pair together, adding: “My bestie, my Robin, my angel…….now our forever angel, who is loved, will always be loved, forever in my heart……my very broken heart, I love you, shine your beautiful, electric energy from heaven. SHINE IN PEACE.”

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News of Robin’s death was confirmed by dance company Burn the Floor, which Robin co-founded in 1999.

Writing on its Facebook page, the company wrote: “The Burn the Floor family has lost one of its founding members, Robin 'Bobby' Windsor - who has tragically passed away.

“His talent, attitude, energy and personality helped create the Burn the Floor stage reputation.

"He leaves a void in our hearts that will never be filled, yet our wonderful memories will stay forever."