Chizzy Akudolu confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

Carla Harmon
August 22, 2017

Also competing are This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford, Good Morning Britain host Charlotte Hawkins, comedian Susan Calman and entertainer Brian Conley.

Announcing her signing on social media, she said: "When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this awesome girl who exploded on to the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere".

The 43-year-old played heart surgeon Mo Effanga on the hit BBC hospital drama for five yeas, before hanging up her stethoscope in June of this year.

Charlotte, 42, said: 'Nobody knows, I've kept it a secret from everybody.

The flurry of names attached to the dancing series come shortly after reports claimed that the competition series was allegedly finding it more hard to get famous faces to sign up this year because of the much talked about "Strictly Curse".

In addition to Charlotte, The Mirror is reporting that Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu has also signed on the dotted line, while rumours are also swirling that Debbie McGee will be confirmed as another celebrity on the show later today.

The famous ballroom competition will be returning to the channel later this year.

The so-called "curse" is rumoured to have struck Louise Redknapp and husband Jamie after she came second on the last series of Strictly. All three were announced today during The One Show, which was an entire episode dedicated to the late Sir Bruce Forsyth.

After teasing viewers at the start of the show Charlotte announced the big news.

Charlotte Hawkins is the eleventh celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The GMB presenter also revealed that she "did dancing as a child" and did "a bit" of ballet when she was younger. The excitement's really beginning.

Then we have The Communards' Reverend Richard Coles, as well as Holby City cast member Joe McFadden, Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer and former JLS singer Aston Merrygold.

Len Goodman has departed the show, with Shirley Ballas acting as head judge alongside the usual suspects, Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli.

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