Catherine Tyldesley: Who is Strictly Come Dancing 2019 star Catherine Tyldesley?

Catherine Tyldesley has been announced as the fifth Strictly Come Dancing 2019 cast member. The Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Coronation Street actress was announced on the August 1 edition of This Morning on ITV. BBC One has also announced four other contestants so far as Strictly 2019 stars. 

Who is Catherine Tyldesley?

Catherine Tyldesley is a Coronation Street star, best known for playing Eva Price on the soap opera.

She played the character on the ITV soap from 2011 to 2018.

Tyldesley, who is currently 35 but will turn 36 in September before Strictly starts, has also worked as a singer and a model.

The actress also has appeared on shows like Emmerdale, Trollied and the upcoming Scarborough also starring Jason Manford.


Tyldesley said of joining the show: “I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

“I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right!

“I’m nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals.

“Hold onto your jazz shoes… mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!”


As for dancing experience, Tyldesley revealed to Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford that she considers herself a bad dancer, only taking to the dancefloor: “After a few drinks.”

She also told the This Morning hosts who would be her ideal partners.

“Well I’m quite tall,” she told the pair, “so I’ve been looking at the line-up and it’s got to be Aljaz [Skorjanec] or Graziano [Di Prima].”

Tyldesley is one of a number of Strictly contestants who has appeared on Coronation Street.

Other ex-Corrie stars who have taken to the dancefloor include 2015 contestants Georgia May Foote, Tina O’Brien and Jill Halfpenny, who won the second series in 2004.

The actress is the fifth Strictly 2019 cast member to be announced.

Also on August 1, YouTuber Saffron Barker was announced, while the previous day EastEnders star Emma Carter, comedian Chris Ramsey and footballer David James were named as contestants.

Tyldesley had been rumoured to be taking part in Strictly since June, when it was reported she was in talks to take part.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 is coming soon to BBC One

James is the second-oldest footballer to take part in Strictly behind Shilton, who was 61 when he took to the dancefloor.

The goalkeeper may have his work cut out for him, as no footballer has ever placed higher than 6th in the competition.

This was the place reached by Savage at the age of 37 with his partner Ola Jordan.

If David James manages to win Strictly Come Dancing 2019, he will be the oldest ever winner, beating actor Joe McFadden, who was 42 when he won the BBC show in 2017.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 is coming soon to BBC One

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