Ellie Leach has been announced as the tenth celebrity contestant set to grace the stage of the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing, the renowned entertainment show crafted by BBC Studios. The show is slated to make its return to both BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this autumn, promising yet another season of captivating dance performances that will infuse homes across the nation with glitz and allure.

Recognized primarily as an accomplished actor, Ellie Leach is most notably identified for her remarkable portrayal of Faye Windass on the enduring television series Coronation Street. Her remarkable depiction of this character spanned an impressive 12 years, during which she earned multiple nominations for esteemed awards like the British Soap Awards and Inside Soap Awards, all in recognition of her compelling performances. Leach’s involvement in storylines of substantial impact, including a portrayal of teenage pregnancy, navigating the challenges of early menopause, and the emotional journey of reconnecting with her relinquished child, culminated in her departure from the show earlier this year. Prior to her tenure on Coronation Street, Ellie graced the screen with her presence in the independent film A Boy Called Dad, as well as the gripping drama Moving On.

Expressing her exhilaration, Ellie Leach conveys, “The reality of joining the cast of Strictly still hasn’t quite sunk in! This opportunity has forever been a cherished aspiration of mine, and it’s almost surreal to see it come to fruition. It appears that dreams can genuinely transform into reality!”

The official revelation occurred on the morning of Wednesday, 9th August, as disclosed during a segment on BBC Breakfast.