Strictly star Nicola Adams enjoys incredible birthday celebrations as girlfriend Ella Baig surprises her

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Nicola Adams may well be putting on her dancing shoes as Strictly Come Dancing gets under way, but the Olympic boxer still had time to enjoy her birthday.

And what a birthday it was because the star, who turned 38 on 26 October, enjoyed an amazing surprise, courtesy of her girlfriend Ella Baig, 22.

Taking to Instagram to share a look at her birthday celebrations, Nicola looked incredible in a patterned top while smiling away, holding the most incredible cake.

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The sweet three-tiered delight was very fitting and topical, decorated in Strictly theme, with a big disco ball sitting on top as well as a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ sign and various other embellishments.

Nicola looks as happy as ever while beaming for the camera and in other pictures we see her stood by some metallic balloons, spelling out her name.

The pair, who recently enjoyed a date night before Nicola started Strictly, also had a bit of a glitter fest during the celebrations, with balloons and sparkles everywhere.

Thanking her doting girlfriend, Nicola penned to her 176,000 Instagram followers: “Thank you @ella.baig for throwing me a mini surprise lockdown party yesterday, it made me so happy because I wasn’t expecting it! It’s the best birthday I’ve had!

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“Thank you to everyone at Strictly for my cake and a big thanks to @mrs_katjones not only for my T-Rex socks but for dressing up as one too!”

Olympic gold medallist Nicola lives in a gorgeous abode with her girlfriend Ella.

The pair have been filming TikTok videos during lockdown which has also given a glimpse inside their home, including in one clip where Ella teaches Nicola how to twerk.

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As the loved-up couple show off their impressive moves, in the background a large cream sofa with a circular end chair and matching foot stool can be seen, decorated with pastel coloured cushions.

When the couple appeared on Channel 4's Celebrity Gogglebox they gave a peek inside their home and were joined by their dog Brooklyn.

The dog certainly has plenty of space to run around in judging by the size of the well-kept garden attached to Nicola and Ella's home, that also has a hottub.

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In one snap of Nicola kneeling next to her pet pooch who was lounging around on the ground, she penned in the caption: "This is @brooklynbullylife Give me a treat face, would you give him 1 ? #americanbully #sundayfunday"

The dog features heavily on her Instagram feed, as well as videos of her and Ella who have been taking part in different trends, as well as also shining a light on their same-sex relationship during Pride month.

Nicola wrote in early June: "There’s so much negativity in the world and it’s so sad to think how little it’s changed over the years. It’s so wrong that people discriminate against us for just being women, the colour of our skin or who we love.”

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