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One Direction's Niall Horan sets sights on 'Hollyoaks' Rachel Shenton

Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton caught the attention of One Direction singer Niall Horan as she made a live TV appearance on This Morning today (February 8).

Horan publicly voiced his approval as the 25-year-old was interviewed by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford to promote her character Mitzeee Minniver's upcoming exit storyline.

Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton appears on 'This Morning'

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[Rachel Shenton on This Morning today.]

Writing on Twitter, Horan enthused: "That girl on @itvthismorning is beautiful!"

Later in the show, Holmes told viewers: "Niall from One Direction has been in touch, commenting on our last guest, saying how striking she was."

Langsford added: "And she's single Niall, I've checked for you! That's all I'm saying!"

After learning of the popstar's tweet, Shenton joined forces with This Morning's Hub presenter Matt Johnson to send a photo and message to the 19-year-old. Horan then replied with a photo of his own.

Rachel Shenton and Matt Johnson

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One Direction's Niall Horan flirts with Rachel Shenton

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Shenton bows out from Hollyoaks next Friday (February 15) after two and a half years in the role of fan favourite Mitzeee.

Her exit storyline includes a cameo appearance from This Morning's Holmes as Mitzeee is interviewed on his Sky News breakfast show.

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