The curse of Strictly strikes again? Call The Midwife star Helen George splits from husband

Call The Midwife star Helen George has split from her husband of three years, her publicist confirmed.

Helen, who is also set to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, parted ways with Oliver Boot 'some time ago'.

The pair met on set while filming Hotel Babylon and she married Boot in December 2012.

Helen George

The Call The Midwife star has just signed up to Strictly (Ray Burmiston/BBC)


The new series of Strictly Come Dancing starts this Saturday.

Known as the 'Strictly Curse', a host of celebrity contestants have separated from partners either while competing on or following the show.

Countdown’s Rachel Riley split from her husband of just over a year during the show, and X Factor presenter Caroline Flack also split from Jack Street mid-show.

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley’s relationship ended during her time on Strictly (Ian West/PA)


Rugby player Ben Cohen made headlines recently when his romance with Strictly professional Kristina Rihanoff went public.

Ben competed in the 11th series of the show in 2013. He split from his wife Abby after 11 years of marriage last September.

The pair issued a statement saying: “Ben and Abby Cohen have agreed to take time apart to deal with some marital issues but remain fully committed to the welfare of their children.”

Ben Cohen and Kristina Rihanof

Ben Cohen is now dating his Strictly partner Kristina Rihanoff (Rui Vieira/PA)


“There is no third party involved, and Ben and Abby now ask that their privacy and that of their family be respected at this difficult time.”

There have also been a number of dancer and celebrity romances including EastEnders’ Kara Tointon and dancer Artem Chigvintsev, boxer Joe Calzaghe and dancer Kristina, Hollyoaks’ Ali Bastian and Brian Fortuna to name but a few.


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