EastEnders star Samantha Womack 'set for Strictly Come Dancing'

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EastEnders actress Samantha Womack has been rumoured for the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 line up.

The soap star has been rumoured for the show since last year, after her character was killed off at the start of 2017.

A source said at the time: "Sam didn’t want to do Strictly while on EastEnders but now she has more time on her hands it was a very appealing offer.

Of course Samantha didn't end up on the cast, with insiders claiming she wanted some time off.

Now it seems Samantha could well be set for the dancefloor, saying that she will be back on our TV screens in the autumn when Strictly airs.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Samantha said: “I’m going to have the summer off and then I’m going back on the telly in September for something that hasn’t been announced yet.

“Then I do a play at the ­beginning of next year.”

Quizzed on the prospect of Strictly, Samantha continued: “I hate auditions, I hate people judging me.

“I’m much better in a safer environment. I would really have to manage my anxiety on a job like that. I’ve done lots of musicals but I’m not a dancer, so I would be nervous about that. What appeals to me is the fitness and I love dancing in general."

She added: "I would love to compete against my sister off EastEnders (actress Rita Simons, who played Roxy). We could be really, really bad losers!”

More potential Strictly 2018 celebs include soap stars Chelsea Halfpenny and Hayley Tamaddon plus breakfast TV presenters Piers Morgan and Dan Walker, who front ITV's Good Morning Britain and BBC's Breakfast respectively.

Hollyoaks star turned Oscar winner Rachel Shenton and The Chase's Mark Labbett have also been tipped to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2018, alongside former England footballer David James.

Meanwhile, the Strictly 2018 professionals have been confirmed with three new names joining the biggest line up ever.

Strictly Come Dancing will begin on BBC One in the autumn.

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