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Corrie's Jane Danson signs up for Dancing on Ice

Leanne in Coronation Street, whoo's played by Jane Danson
(Image credit: Joseph Scanlon)

Corrie actress Jane Danson is set to swap the cobbles for the ice rink after signing up for Dancing on Ice.

Corrie favourite Jane Danson is set to swap the cobbles of Weatherfield for the glitz and glamour of the ice rink after signing up for Dancing on Ice.

The ITV show announced the news on its Instagram page this afternoon.

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The news was also announced on Loose Women.

The Leanne Battersby actress revealed that she has been keeping the secret since July, and she is "seeing it as a challenge".

Jane revealed that she was getting advice from previous Corrie stars who have done the show. Digital Spy reported Jane's comments after the news was announced. She said: "I'm getting loads of tips from Samia [Longchambon], and Brooke [Vincent] and Antony [Cotton], and Andrew Whyment's done it before, so I've got real lovely support from the cast."

As for how it may affect her storylines on the soap, Jane said: "[Leanne's] not going to be going too far. I'll still be there but maybe not as much as I usually am. Obviously it's a huge commitment and I want to get stuck into it. I'm going to have a quieter patch within the story.

"We've just filmed loads of busy stuff that comes on next week. Because of the way the story's going, it's meant I can take a little bit of time away."

Earlier today, it was revealed that another soap star, neighbours actor Mark Little, would be taking part in the ITV series, as he revealed the news on Build Series London.

Former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton was also announced earlier today on Good Morning Britain, saying: "I guess the cat's out of the bag. I'm so excited, I can't wait to see you and I can't wait to do some skating for you!"

Previously-announced contestants include Gemma Collins, EastEnders' Richard Blackwood and Loose Women's Saira Khan.