Kara Tointon splits from Strictly Come Dancing's Artem Chigvintsev

Published Wednesday, Oct 29 2014, 16:30 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev have split after three years.

Former EastEnders actress Kara met professional dancer Artem after being partnered together on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, but she's now revealed that the pair have separated.

Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon attend the after party following the press night of Relatively Speaking at Wyndhams Theatre on May 20, 2013 in London, England.

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"We are not together," Kara confirmed to The Telegraph. "We're fine, but we aren't a couple any more."

Kara cited work schedules and the fact that Artem's visa meant he could not stay permanently in the UK as a factor of their split.

Kara and Russian dancer Artem became a couple soon after winning series eight of Strictly.

In 2011, Kara said she was initially against having a TV romance. "It was such an unexpected thing meeting Artem," she told The Mirror. "It always happens when you least expect it.

"I was against it and really didn't want to have one of those romances on a show but then you can't help it if you meet someone amazing."

Artem Chigvintsev and Kara Tointon at the Jubilee Family Festival at Hyde Park.
London, England - 2 June 2012.

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Kara and Artem pictured in 2012 after performing together at Hyde Park, London.

In June, the BBC revealed that Artem would not be returning for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Artem, who now stars on Strictly's US version, Dancing With The Stars, tweeted at the time: "I want to say thank you to all my followers for your endless support, I will miss SCD UK very, very much.

"Let's hope my visa situation will change in the future, that's the reason I have decided to stay in the US to sort out my citizenship."

Meanwhile, earlier this year Kara was cast alongside her sister Hannah Tointon in the third series of ITV drama Mr Selfridge, which is set to air in January 2015.

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