CATHERINE Tyldesley is heading for the dancefloor, as she takes part in the latest series of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Here’s the lowdown on the Coronation Street star turned dancing queen…
Why is Catherine Tyldesley famous?
Catherine, 35, is an English actress from Salford who previously played the role of Abi Peterson in Emmerdale in 2010.
In 2007 she starred as Iris Moss in the BBC drama Lilies.
The actress’ other television credits include Shameless, Holby City, Trollied and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.
In 2018 she also appeared on the chat show Loose Women as a guest panellist for one episode.
However, Catherine is most famous for playing the role of Eva Price in Coronation Street from May 2011 to July 2018.
She attended the Birmingham School of Acting (formerly the Birmingham School of Speech & Drama) and graduated in 2005.
She is married to personal trainer Tom Pitfield, 30.
Is Catherine Tyldesley a singer too?
Catherine sings in the range of mezzo-soprano and signed a record deal in June 2016.
She released her debut single, Rise, in August 2016 and announced her plans to release an album later in the year.
The actress was unable to achieve chart success with the single and the Official Charts Company confirmed that the single missed the Top 200.
Catherine has admitted she plans to record a duet with her co-star Shayne Ward in the near future.
What has Catherine Tyldesley said about joining Strictly 2019?
It was revealed on August 1, 2019 on This Morning that Catherine was joining Strictly.
Speaking about joining the dancing show she said: “I am so excited.
“I love to dance on a night out if I have had a couple of drinks, but I can’t actually dance.
“I think choreography is what I am going to struggle with. I am terrified. When I was at theatre school I always swerved dance classes because I was so big. It will be like therapy!”
How much is Catherine Tyldesley getting paid for Strictly 2019?
Catherine’s appearance on the show will definitely increase her bank balance as she gets the standard £25,000 payment for signing up
If she manages to stay on the dancefloor until the end of October this then rises to £40,000.
Any star that makes it to the quarter-finals sees their fee jump to £60,000 – and if she wins she will pocket a whopping £100,000.
Who is Catherine Tyldesley’s Strictly Come Dancing partner?
Catherine Tyldesley became the first female contestant to be partnered with a professional dance.
The former Coronation Street star has been paired with Johannes Radebe, a South African dancer and choreographer.
It is the first time Johannes has been paired with a celebrity partner since joining the series in 2018.
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What time is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 on?
Strictly Come Dancing returned for its 17th series on BBC One on September 7, 2019.
However, the show kicked off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.
The live shows begin on Saturday, September 21, with the results airing the following day on Sundays.
Strictly continues on BBC One on 7pm and you can get the FULL celebrity line-up here.