Strictly Come Dancing’s Emma Barton answers all our questions about Movies Week!

Strictly 2019 Emma Barton
(Image credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

EastEnders star Emma on working with Anton Du Beke and why she’s excited about Movies Week

It’s Movie Week this Saturday night on Strictly Come Dancing as the celebrities, including Emma Barton, and their partners pay tribute to Tinseltown with some glitzy routines.

Here, we talk to EastEnders star Emma Barton, who is dancing with Anton Du Beke, about what to expect and her own love of all things Hollywood…

Are you looking forward to Movie Week?

Emma Barton: “I’m so excited! I love Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. I was born in the wrong era. And Hollywood is very Anton too!”

Is Anton fun to work with?

EB: “He’s so funny, kind and talented. Everything is, ‘My love’ and I’m incorporating that into my language. He’s so naughty though. It’s all double entendre but that’s me too. I'm a massive Carry On fan!”

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Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing

Emma Barton and Anton Du Beke dance up a storm on Strictly Come Dancing (Image credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Is there any previous Movie Week routine you’ve enjoyed?

EB: “I was jealous of Ashley Roberts last year as Baby from Dirty Dancing because that’s one of my favourite films. And it was wicked when Kellie Bright did Star Wars [in 2015] with her Princess Leia hair and a lightsaber!”

What’s the first film you remember seeing?

EB: “ET and then I saw The Delinquents with Kylie Minogue about six times. When Kylie did the Strictly launch show I embarrassed myself by screaming at her, ‘Hi Kylie!’”

Which Strictly judge would you take to the cinema?

EB: “Bruno would give a running commentary, Craig would be quiet and focused but I’d pick Shirley and Motsi for a girls’ night out!”

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Are your EastEnders co-stars supporting you?

EB: "Yes! They’re so special. Tish [Letitia Dean AKA Sharon], Linda [Henry AKA Shirley], Luisa [Bradshaw-White AKA Tina] and Scott [Maslen, AKA Jack] have just sent a good luck video. But if they’re in the audience I’m saying, ‘No pulling focus from me!’ If Danny Dyer comes, nobody’ll watch my feet, they’ll gaze at him!"

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday 5 October at 7.10pm and Strictly Come Dancing: The Results airs on Sunday 6 October at 7.15pm

Caren Clark

Caren has been a journalist specializing in TV for almost two decades and is a Senior Features Writer for TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and What’s On TV magazines and she also writes for What to Watch.

Over the years, she has spent many a day in a muddy field or an on-set catering bus chatting to numerous stars on location including the likes of Olivia Colman, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Jamie Dornan, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Derek Jacobi as well as Hollywood actors such as Glenn Close and Kiefer Sutherland.

Caren will happily sit down and watch any kind of telly (well, maybe not sci-fi!), but she particularly loves period dramas like Call the Midwife, Downton Abbey and The Crown and she’s also a big fan of juicy crime thrillers from Line of Duty to Poirot.

In her spare time, Caren enjoys going to the cinema and theatre or curling up with a good book.