Natalie Lowe sends struggling Scott Maslen home to get sleep

Scott Maslen

Professional dancer Natalie Lowe admitted this week she had to send her celeb partner Scott Maslen home to catch up on sleep as he struggles to fit both the show and filming Eastenders into his schedule. The actor is continuing to film big storylines of the primetime soap ready for the festive season.

Aussie Natalie admitted this week: "He has got extremely long hours and in EastEnders he has got some really full-on storylines. With me, he is rehearsing late and this evening we were rehearsing, but I had to tell him to go home and get some sleep.

"He's pretty much coming in to me like a blank canvass but he's giving it his all. He came in to me today and we got a two-hour gap but he said that he wasn't sure he could do it. He got up and gave me two amazing hours of American Smooth, so it's not for the want of trying!"

Natalie also revealed the pair were being forced to rehearse long into the nights due to their hectic schedules. "We work at night all the time," she said. "We don't have the days but that's the name of the game. Dancing in a shoebox is better than nothing!"

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One tonight at 6:30PM.