Gorka Marquez was attacked just hours after performing on the Strictly Come Dancing live show at Blackpool when he and two other professional dancers decided to visit a nightclub. Gorka, 26, along with co-stars Aljaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones went to the Flamingo nightclub in Blackpool where, according to The Sun, a gang of youths set upon them in an unprovoked attack.

The dancer now requires emergency dental surgery after reportedly having two teeth knocked out by the attackers. A friend told The Sun: ‘Gorka and a few of the other dancers were heading to a nightclub to let their hair down after another brilliant show. All of a sudden this group of local louts came out of nowhere. One of them punched Gorka in the face and broke two of his teeth.’

Gorka, who danced with EastEnders star Tameka Empson, 39, until she was eliminated in the third week, was described as a ‘passive guy’ and was sober when the attack happened as he doesn’t drink. It is hoped, however, he’ll be returning for next week’s show.

A spokesman said: ‘Gorka was sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident in Blackpool on Saturday night but he will be back in training this week and is looking forward to the group routine next weekend.’