Strictly Come Dancing 2012 celebrities: Meet Lisa Riley!

Lisa Riley (Strictly Come Dancing)

Lisa Riley became a household name as feisty barmaid Mandy Dingle in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale.

Her popularity saw her take over from Jeremy Beadle as host of popular TV show You’ve Been Framed and go on to star in Fat Friends and Scott and Bailey.

Lisa has also starred in a string of successful theatre tours including Calendar Girls and The Vagina Monologues. Lisa has a big personality and as an all-round performer, she is sure to keep the judges entertained.

Do you think all of your stage work will prepare you for dancing in front of the audience in the Strictly studio?

I hope so – but I think I’ll be VERY nervous heading into it, especially the first show. I think my mum will be on my shoulder keeping an eye on me and with me every step of the way. It was one of her absolute favourite shows. For the first three weeks on any new show you have a washing-machine stomach, but then things settle down and you get into it.

How do you rate your dance skills out of ten currently - should the other celebrity contestants be worried?
No! The others should not be worried - AT ALL! The first couple of weeks I will definitely be totally two-left-footed, but I think we all will. I’ve done a bit of dancing before in a couple of shows, but this is totally different. It’s like a comedy-drama actor suddenly having to learn Shakespeare.

How do you feel about the costumes - are you ready to be dowsed in spray-tan and sequins?
I’ve never had a spray tan in my life! I’m frightened of looking like an Oompa Loompa! I don’t want to look shiny – I am incredibly pale so I think I might look a bit ridiculous but I’m going to throw myself into the Strictly experience 100%.

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