Strictly runner-up Maisie Smith cuts a low-key figure as she steps out in Essex

She recently finished as a runner-up on the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

And Maisie Smith took some time for herself as she stepped out for a stroll in Essex on Tuesday. 

The EastEnders star, 19, took cautious measures amid the county being in Tier 4 amid the coronavirus crisis and wore a black face mask with red cherries on it for her outing.

Stepping out: Maisie Smith took some time for herself as she stepped out for a stroll in Essex on Tuesday in a low-key ensemble

Stepping out: Maisie Smith took some time for herself as she stepped out for a stroll in Essex on Tuesday in a low-key ensemble 

Maisie cut a low-key figure in a comfy blue tracksuit with an oversized sweatshirt and relaxed jogging bottoms.

The soap star finished her look with a pair of matching coloured Nike platform trainers and a warm white padded jacket.

Maisie left her signature fiery locks loose and tucked them under a red beret, she appeared to go makeup-free under her face mask. 

The Strictly 2020 star appeared to be running errands during her low-key stroll in Essex.

Cautious: The EastEnders star, 19, took cautious measures amid the county being in Tier 4 amid the coronavirus crisis and wore a black face mask with red cherries on it for her outing

Cautious: The EastEnders star, 19, took cautious measures amid the county being in Tier 4 amid the coronavirus crisis and wore a black face mask with red cherries on it for her outing

Maisie’s appearance comes after it was claimed that she reportedly shared her first kiss with Strictly co-star HRVY after months of backstage flirting. 

Sources claim the pair shared a smooch backstage after the final earlier this month, and are reportedly hoping to meet up in the New Year if COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed. 

Both Maisie and HRVY, 21, weren’t shy in sharing their interest for one another with the singer saying he’d love to take the actress on a date, and the pair were repeatedly pictured leaving the Strictly studios just minutes apart. 

According to The Sun, Maisie and HRVY were seen smooching backstage in the Strictly studios after the series’ grand finale, having been unable to mix during filming due to strict social distancing measures. 

Love is in the air? Maisie's appearance comes after it was claimed that she reportedly shared her first kiss with Strictly co-star HRVY after months of backstage flirting (pictured on show)

Love is in the air? Maisie’s appearance comes after it was claimed that she reportedly shared her first kiss with Strictly co-star HRVY after months of backstage flirting (pictured on show)

A source said the pair are planning to meet up if restrictions are lifted, but could still make contact by forming a support bubble.

They said: ‘Maisie and Hrvy has been brewing for weeks. The pair are so flirty together, and genuinely have a real laugh whenever they see one another.

‘But they were always really disciplined about not crossing any lines whilst the show was filming.

‘While, technically, they may not have been practising social distancing, they are both young and this was before Tier 4 restrictions came into play.’

A representative for HRVY declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. MailOnline has contacted representatives for Maisie Smith and EastEnders for comment.

Sparks are flying! Sources claim the pair shared a smooch backstage after the final earlier this month, and are reportedly hoping to meet up in the New Year (HRVY pictured)

Sparks are flying! Sources claim the pair shared a smooch backstage after the final earlier this month, and are reportedly hoping to meet up in the New Year (HRVY pictured)

Maisie and HRVY had been flirting since the beginning of the show, with the young heartthrob saying they will ‘definitely’ go out for a meal once the series is over.

His mother Nicky also revealed her fondness for Maisie to The Sun On Sunday, saying: ‘Do I think there may be a chance of romance in the future? Maybe.

‘We love Maisie and can see why they both get on well. The show might. help him find love. It will be what it will be… but everybody loves a love story, don’t they?’

The singer previously dismissed rumours that he is dating his ballroom rival but said they will ‘definitely’ go out for a meal after the series.

Addressing speculation, he said: ‘Do you know what, there has been no dates yet. I’m not sure where they got the love and fun from but when this show is done I think we will definitely go out for some food somewhere, when we are allowed to.

‘But for now we are really just focusing on the dances to be fair. We haven’t really seen each other for the last couple of weeks or really any of the other contestants. Maybe possibly when the show is done.’ 

The pair reportedly ‘cooled down their romance’ so that Maisie could concentrate on getting to the final of the show. 

HRVY and Maisie were rumoured to be involved several times, with them seen leaving the studios just one minute apart on several occasions.

Maisie has also previously described the YouTuber as a ‘beautiful-looking guy’ while he declared he would like to take her out for ‘dinner’ after their run on the show.

The EastEnders star also confessed to OK! Magazine that she does enjoy flirting with the singer, but said at the time she doesn’t want to ruin the friendship they have. 

Close: HRVY previously said he'd love to take Maisie on a date once the series ends, as social distancing measures during filming for Strictly prevented them from meeting

Close: HRVY previously said he’d love to take Maisie on a date once the series ends, as social distancing measures during filming for Strictly prevented them from meeting

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