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Ryan with pro Giulia Dotta. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Ryan with pro Giulia Dotta. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Ryan with pro Giulia Dotta. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Fair City star Ryan Andrews has said he is hoping the popularity of the long-running RTE programme will help him stay in Dancing With The Stars.

The 26-year-old Donaghmede star, who is one of the favourites to take home the Glitterball Trophy, has played the character of Sean Cassidy since 2009 and is also a well-known panto star.

"Fair City has a massive following and I've been on it for 10 years," he said.

"I would like to think I've kind of grown up on the show, so hopefully people will support me.

"Now, I'm not getting any backing from the cast - am just getting slagging from them. There's a WhatsApp group as well, so any photos of the tan and all that goes straight up there, but hopefully there will be a bit of support there."

Juicy

His character will not feature in the show for the next few months while he performs on the Sunday programme.

However, he has already received confirmation that he will start filming on Carrigstown in May and he is hoping he will have some juicy storylines in store for his character.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to it. I have already got a few weeks confirmed," he said.

"Come May, once this show is over, I'm back filming, which I can't wait for. I was lucky enough that I was performing in the Olympia panto right up until Saturday, January 4, and this started on January 5, so it was a manic time.

"I was filming Fair City before Christmas as well.

"So the three things I've been juggling, I don't know how I did that first Sunday.

"But now I can just focus on Dancing With The Stars, which I'm absolutely obsessed with."

He has been cheered on from the sidelines every week by his long-term girlfriend, actress and school-teacher Michaela O'Neill, and he said that she's often more nervous than him.

"She loves it. We've known each other since we were 11," he added.

"She knows this is something I've always wanted to do. She's more nervous than me.

"But she loves it and it's great to see her out here every Sunday supporting me, along with my mum and dad."