28/12/2012 05:28 GMT | Updated 27/02/2013 05:12 GMT

Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole Welcomes Baby Girl On Christmas Day

'Strictly Come Dancing' star Brendan Cole became a father on Christmas Day, he has announced.

The 36-year-old dancer's model wife of two years Zoe gave birth to a girl on December 25, he wrote on Twitter. It is the couple's first child.

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The New Zealander wrote: "My wonderful wife & I had the best Christmas present ever. Our baby daughter arrived on Christmas Day. Zoe & Baby (sic) doing great! Very precious."

Brendan, who partnered Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton in the last series of Strictly, partnered model Kelly Brook on the pre-recorded Christmas Day special of the show.

It came third in the overnight ratings with 7.8 million viewers.

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