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Last Updated: Saturday, 19 August 2006, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
'Strictly' dance winner attacked
Hollie Robertson and Darrien Wright
Hollie Robertson has put her career with Darrien Wright on hold
A dancer who won the BBC One programme Strictly Dance Fever is recovering at her home in Shropshire after being attacked while on holiday in Portugal.

Hollie Robertson, 21, from Ludlow, suffered a broken nose and needed stitches after being punched in the face near a restaurant in Albuifeira.

Ms Robertson is putting her career with her Darlington-born dance partner Darrien Wright on hold for a month.

However, it is understood she intends to fulfil weekend teaching commitments.

I've never had anything so painful happen to me in my life before. It was horrible, absolutely horrible
Hollie Robertson

Ms Robertson spent five hours in hospital after the attack, which happened in the early hours of Friday, 11 August.

She was also left with two black eyes, severe bruising and her nose had to be reset.

She said:"I've never had anything so painful happen to me in my life before. It was horrible, absolutely horrible.

"Stuff happens to you in life and you just have to get on with it and as long as I don't stop dancing it's ok...I'll be ok."

Hollie and dance partner Darrien Wright, from Darlington, won the top prize of 50,000 and parts in a West End Musical after a public vote in June.

The 21-year-old was a gymnast but turned to dance when she slipped a disc in her back as a teenager.




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