Chizzy Akudolu is the twelfth celebrity to be unveiled for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.
Actress Chizzy said, “When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere…
"I knew it was game over for me. That was then, this is now and this is my chance to have even more sequins!”
Andrea Chizoba ‘Chizzy’ Akudolu is best-known for playing heart surgeon Mo Effanga, in BBC One’s Holby City. Chizzy joined the cast in 2012 and hung up her stethoscope in June after five years.
Her other TV appearances include The Inbetweeners, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Hollyoaks and Twenty Twelve. Earlier this year, Chizzy took part in BBC One’s Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief with a duo from Casualty. The trio performed ‘Uptown Funk’ by Bruno Mars and were runners up.
The news was revealed today (Monday 21st August) on the official Strictly Come Dancing Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Chizzy Akudolu joins Good Morning TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, comic Brian Conley, comic Susan Calman, JLS singer Aston Merrygold, TV Chef Simon Rimmer, actor Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles and actress Gemma Atkinson on the confirmed Strictly Come Dancing line up.
This Morning host Ruth Langsford, actor Davood Ghadami and The Saturdays' singer Mollie King have also been confirmed for the new series.
More celebrity contestants will be announced later today with three names left on the line up of fifteen still to be revealed. Their identities will be confirmed on BBC One's The One Show tonight.
Rumoured celebs for the new series include Debbie McGee, Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker, Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock and footballer Frank Lampard.
There's also X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, Robot Wars host Angela Scanlon, Bros singer Matt Goss, comic Joel Dommett and marathon runner Paula Radcliffe.
Strictly Come Dancing will start on BBC One in September.