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Sunday 17 December 2017

Mrs Brown's Boys' Jennifer fulfills her dancing dream on new Strictly

SHE's starred in the hit Mrs Brown's Boys movie and TV show alongside her husband Brendan O'Carroll, and now Jennifer Gibney is branching out on her own.

The Irish star will take on the tango and the rhumba - minus the cross-dressing comedian - on this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

Jennifer (57) has joined what the BBC has called a "sensational" line-up for the new season of the show, which has taken on the mighty X-Factor and won the ratings wars in recent years.

She said her inclusion in the show is the fulfillment a lifelong dream to dance on screen.

She said: "As a child, I wrote to Blue Peter asking could I dance with Pan's People (the dancers on Top of the Pops).

"Now at last I get the chance to earn my badge - excited doesn't cover it."

talented

Her stepson and TVco-star Danny O'Carroll previously told the Herald that both Jennifer and his dad Brendan are talented dancers and they practice together, adding: "We're all thrilled for her."

Jennifer's will be joined by 14 other celebrities for the show's new, which starts next Sunday. Other stars include singer Pixie Lott and former Xtra-Factor presenter Caroline Flack.

Saturdays member Frankie Bridge will also compete, while foodie judge Gregg Wallace is leaving the Master Chef kitchen to face the Strictly judging panel.

Wallace said: "I absolutely love the show and I love dancing! I cannot wait to get engrossed and live in a Strictly bubble".

petrified

The Only Way is Essex star Mark Wright has said he is "petrified" about taking part.

Others who will strut their ballroom skills include EastEnders' actor Jake Wood, tennis coach Judy Murray, This Morning reporter Alison Hammond and Casualty's Sunetra Sarker.

DJ Simon Mills, fomer boyband star Simon Webbe, Wildlife presenter Steve Blackhall, former rugby player Thom Evans and BBC Bargain Hunt presenter Tim Wonnacott round off the show's line-up.

The show is presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

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