Tans! Sequins! Glamour!- Strictly's Back
Woman & Home|December 2019
Tans! Sequins! Glamour!- Strictly's Back
Whether you love the sizzling on-screen chemistry, the overdose of glitter or the off-screen romances, every year Strictly never fails to deliver. So what’s in store for this year’s stars? Hayley Minn reveals all

EastEnders actress Emma Barton, 42, is single and lives in Surrey. Her dance partner is a well-loved face Anton Du Beke.

STRICTLY STRENGTH?

I’m a good listener and quite calm, so I don’t panic. Also, I’ve done musical theatre, so I’m used to going out there and performing live.

FAMILY’S THOUGHTS?

My mum and dad are over the moon. We’re massive fans and I don’t think they can believe it’s happening!

ANY SURPRISES?

The tiredness and the amount of bruises. I just don’t know where they come from.

ADVICE FROM YOUR EASTENDERS CO-STARS?

Jake Wood said, ‘If in doubt, just wiggle your hips!’. And Letitia Dean bought me a goody bag filled with a foot spa, plasters and face masks.

STRICTLY STYLE?

I feel like a little girl because where else do you really get to dress up in these outfits? Also, it’s such a privilege to have dresses made for you.

ANTON’S TEACHING STYLE?

He’s very clear and doesn’t just talk in dancer language. And if you do something right, he praises you – I think everyone needs that.

EMBARRASSING DANCE MOMENTS?

In one of my first jobs, I had to run from one corner to another through rain while the leading man was singing his solo. I stacked it centre stage and thought my career was over.

EARLIEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY?

Going through my nan and grandad’s wardrobe and finding out they’d bought me an A La Cart kitchen. I was so excited – that’s where my acting skills came into play because I had to act surprised. I was only eight!

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December 2019