Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev win Strictly Come Dancing 2010!

Kara Tointon

Kara Tointon and dancing partner Artem Chigvintsev were tonight crowned winners of the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing! The pair impressed both the judges and the public with their American Smooth and Waltz on tonight's finale show, in which they went head to head with Matt Baker and Aliona Vilani.

Speaking after the result was announced, Kara said: "It's just the most special thing I've ever achieved, thank you to this man," referring to partner Artem.

The soap actress added: "I've made the most fantastic friends for life. It's been the most special experience of my life."

Meanwhile runner up Matt said: "It has been great. They are worthy winners without any doubt. If I was at home I'd be voting for them too."