Strictly's Janette Manrara celebrates milestone after birth of baby

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Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer turned It Takes Two host Janette Manrara has celebrated a milestone since giving birth to her baby Lyra.

The actress welcomed her first child back in July with husband Aljaž Škorjanec, and over the weekend she went on her first night out since becoming a mother.

Sharing a series of photos of herself enjoying an evening in a restaurant with friends, including Hollyoaks actor Ashley Taylor-Dawson, Janette wrote: "Yesterday was such a great day and night! Lyra met some more great friends of ours, she had her first day out from home, and I had my first night out in a very long time!

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"It was hard to leave Lyra, but it was nice to let my hair down and celebrate this amazing little person in mine and @aljazskorjanec life."

Fans have wondered if Janette's baby means she won't return to present It Takes Two this year, but she assured everyone that she would definitely front the BBC Two companion show alongside her new co-host Fleur East.

"Yes, I am back," she said during a fan Q&A. "I guess there wasn't a huge official announcement, but yeah, I'm back!

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"Luckily, I had more than enough time on maternity leave with Lyra for me to be able to come back and do the show."

"I will be on the couch along with Fleur interviewing all of your couples and I can't wait actually," she added. "I literally can't wait. It was such an amazing year last year, but I feel like every year is just as great."

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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