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Ex Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley 'TERRIFIED' after being confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2019

Ex Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley
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'It’s going to be a bumpy/clumsy ride!'

Former Coronation Street favourite Catherine Tyldesley has become the latest star announced for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing – and she tweeted that she’s ‘TERRIFIED’.

The 35-year-old star, who played Weatherfield’s Eva Price, is the fifth star announced for Strictly 2019.

And she tweeted: “Beyond excited!!!! And TERRIFIED!!! Can’t wait!! Thanks for all your messages already! Here we go!!! Hold onto your jazz shoes – it’s going to be a bumpy/clumsy ride!”

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The other stars confirmed so far are EastEnders star Emma Barton, ex England goalkeeper David James, comedian Chris Ramsey and YouTuber Saffron Barker.

Catherine said: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right! I’m nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals.”

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Earlier this year Catherine starred in Channel 5 thriller 15 Days. Asked by TV Times at the time if she was still in touch with her Corrie friends, Catherine replied: “We’re all still really close. People ask if I’d ever go back but at the moment I want to focus on other things. But I’d never say never…”.

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Catherine, whose credits include Holby City and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, has recently finished filming the new six-part BBC1 comedy series Scarborough, written by the creator of long-running sitcom Benidorm.

The BBC is expected to announce more names shortly for the new series of Strictly, which will begin this autumn. The line-up so far is ex Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley, EastEnders star Emma Barton, former England goalkeeper David James, comedian Chris Ramsey and YouTuber Saffron Barker.