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Stephanie Waring shows off her beach body in wild animal print bikini as she cosies up to James Hill in Marbella after insisting they’re ‘just close friends’

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Joanna Crawley For Mailonline


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19:54 EST, 31 May 2015

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She’s insisted they’re just ‘close friends’ and are seeing where things go, but Stephanie Waring certainly looked very close to Apprentice star James Hill on Sunday.

The Hollyoaks actress and her hunky pal were spotted enjoying another day in the sun at La Sala Beach Club in Marbella.

With his arm around the gorgeous actress, James couldn’t seem to keep his hands or eyes off Stephanie as she showed off her beach body in a skimpy snakeskin print bikini.

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Just friends? Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring got close to The Apprentice star James Hill as they soaked up the sun at La Sala Beach Club in Marbella on Sunday

Just friends? Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Waring got close to The Apprentice star James Hill as they soaked up the sun at La Sala Beach Club in Marbella on Sunday

Thirty-six-year-old Stephanie, who plays Cindy on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, wowed in another skimpy swimsuit as she continued her break in Spain.

The halter-neck number featured a snakeskin design with the bandeau top paired with tie-side bottoms.

Her tanned and toned body looked trim in the wild bikini, with the mother-of-two topping off her look with some aviator shades.

Toned and tanned: The 36-year-old soap star looked incredible in her snakeskin print bikini

Toned and tanned: The 36-year-old soap star looked incredible in her snakeskin print bikini

Getting cosy: James, who starred on the 2014 series of The Apprentice, put his arm around Stephanie as they hung out with pals

Getting cosy: James, who starred on the 2014 series of The Apprentice, put his arm around Stephanie as they hung out with pals

Engrossed: James couldn't keep his eyes off the pretty actress as they chatted at the beach club

Engrossed: James couldn’t keep his eyes off the pretty actress as they chatted at the beach club

Sporting natural makeup and tying her hair back, Steph’s look seemed to go down well with James, who stuck close by her side all day as they relaxed with a group of pals.

The Apprentice star, 27, showed off his impressive physique by going shirtless on the beach as he snapped selfies with a smiling Stephanie.

Later he added a smart blue shirt and some tight fitting shorts, while Stephanie covered up in a pretty floaty dress to head out into town. 

Beach bod: The actress, who plays Cindy in Hollyoaks, wowed in the halter neck two piece
Beach bod: The actress, who plays Cindy in Hollyoaks, wowed in the halter neck two piece

Beach bod: The actress, who plays Cindy in Hollyoaks, wowed in the halter neck two piece 

Time for a selfie: Stephanie snapped pics on her phone as the pair made the most of another day in Spain

Time for a selfie: Stephanie snapped pics on her phone as the pair made the most of another day in Spain

Beach break: Stephanie has insisted that's it's simple 'a coincidence' that she's in Marbella at the same time as James

Beach break: Stephanie has insisted that’s it’s simple ‘a coincidence’ that she’s in Marbella at the same time as James

Taking things slow: The actress added to the MailOnline that the pair are just close friends

Taking things slow: The actress added to the MailOnline that the pair are just close friends

Nice view: James couldn't tear his eyes away as his pretty pal sat by his side

Nice view: James couldn’t tear his eyes away as his pretty pal sat by his side

Speaking to MailOnline this week about her blossoming friendship with James, Stephanie said: ‘James is just a really close friend.’ 

Adding: ‘Neither of us are ready for a relationship but we get on really well.’ 

‘We’re just seeing where it goes. It’s a coincidence that we both booked trips to Marbs at the same time so I called him and asked if he wanted to hang out in Ocean Club with me and the girls.’  

Sun, sea and a hunky man: The actress looked in great spirits as she sipped a drink and laughed with her friends

Sun, sea and a hunky man: The actress looked in great spirits as she sipped a drink and laughed with her friends

Popular spot: Stephanie and her group have been hitting all the best hangouts in Marbs

Popular spot: Stephanie and her group have been hitting all the best hangouts in Marbs

Look at me: The star kept her makeup simple and tied her blonde hair back as she kept cool in the heat

Look at me: The star kept her makeup simple and tied her blonde hair back as she kept cool in the heat

New man: The pair have been linked since April and have been spotted out together back home in the UK on several occasions

New man: The pair have been linked since April and have been spotted out together back home in the UK on several occasions

Hanging out: While Stephanie has said the pair are just seeing where their relationship heads, they are spending a lot of time together

Hanging out: While Stephanie has said the pair are just seeing where their relationship heads, they are spending a lot of time together

On Friday, the lovebirds enjoyed a fashionable night out as they the launch of Nadine Merabi’s Ono Uno collection in Marbella before sitting poolside together at The Ocean Club on Saturday.

Stephanie was first romantically linked with James in April, following her split from Riad Erraji after a brief romance. 

It has been a trying month for the actress, who was forced to furiously deny claims her ‘meddling’ caused a split between ex Dan Hooper and his fiancée Kym Marsh.

Flower power: Later that evening, Stephanie slipped into a monochrome dress as she carried a bunch of roses into club Pangea
Lovely: The gift appeared to have been given to her from James

Flower power: Later that evening, Stephanie slipped into a monochrome dress as she carried a bunch of roses into club Pangea

Summer look: She is currently on holiday with pretty blonde Rhian Sugden who looked great in a floral jumpsuit

Summer look: She is currently on holiday with pretty blonde Rhian Sugden who looked great in a floral jumpsuit

A statement issued at the time insisted Stephanie and Dan’s daughter Lexi, four, is the former couple’s main concern. 

Stephanie and Dan were in a five-year relationship before they went their separate ways in January 2014.

The actress also has a nine-year-old daughter Mia Grace from a previous relationship. 

Dressed up: James smartened up in a blue shirt and shorts while Stephanie added a pretty tunic dress as they headed out of the beach club later in the day

Dressed up: James smartened up in a blue shirt and shorts while Stephanie added a pretty tunic dress as they headed out of the beach club later in the day

Good looking pair: James walked side by side with his rumoured love interest

Good looking pair: James walked side by side with his rumoured love interest

Close bond: The pair shared a laugh as they strolled onto the next venue
Close bond: The pair shared a laugh as they strolled onto the next venue

Close bond: The pair shared a laugh as they strolled onto the next venue

Pals: Stephanie and James hung out with lingerie model Rhian Sugden and former WAG Jude Cisse

Pals: Stephanie and James hung out with lingerie model Rhian Sugden and former WAG Jude Cisse

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