'I can't wait to get my tan and sequins on': Call The Midwife's Helen George announced as 13th Strictly Come Dancing contestant
She's no stranger to fancy dress as her biggest television role to date sees her play a nurse.
But trading her pinafore for something with a bit more glamour, Call The Midwife star Helen George has been announced as the 13th contestant for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Looking forward to the ballroom competition, the British actress has revealed she can't wait to get her 'sequins on'.
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'I can't wait to get my tan and sequins on': Call The Midwife's Helen George has been announced as the 13th contestant on the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing
Confirming the news at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, BBC One controller Charlotte Moore said Helen is 'really excited' about joining the show.
George gushed: 'I know it's going to be a challenge and if I'm honest I'm slightly terrified.'
She continued: 'I can't wait to get my tan and sequins on'.
Swapping babies for the ballroom: Helen is best known for playing Nurse Beatrix 'Trixie' Franklin in the BBC period drama in which she stars alongside Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart
'If I'm honest I'm slightly terrified': The British actress is also a singer and has worked with Sir Elton John
A Royal Academy Of Music graduate, Helen is best known for starring as Nurse Beatrix 'Trixie' Franklin in the hit BBC period drama Call The Midwife.
George has also performed as a back-up singer for Sir Elton John and starred in a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel called The Woman in White.
The final two contestants are due to be announced on BBC One’s The One Show on 27 August.
''I know it's going to be a challenge': Born in Birmingham, George is a Royal Academy Of Music graduate
On Tuesday, Jamelia, who is currently one of the panelists of Loose Women, was announced as the 12th contestant for this year's BBC One talent competition.
Announcing the news, the 34-year-old singer said she's doing it for her two dance-loving daughters Teja, 14, and Tiani, nine.
Jamelia said: 'My girls are huge fans of Strictly, but when I told them I was doing it they laughed as they know that dancing is not my forté!
Also signed up: Jamelia has become the 12th contestant to be signed up for Strictly Come Dancing
'The girls are amazing dancers though so I definitely want to learn a new skill so that I'll be able to give them a run for their money, and end them teasing me once and for all!'
Jamelia first hit the music scene in 2000 with her successful debut I Do, but was originally signed for her first major record label aged 15.
It's not her first encounter with reality TV nonetheless, she took a coaching role on The Voice Of Ireland in 2013 and also appeared in Bear Gryll's Mission Survive on ITV this year.
She's best known now for her role as a Loose Woman on the lunchtime ITV favourite.
Now better known: Jamelia is now best known for her panelist role on Loose Women, seen here in April
Throwback: The singer, seen here in May 2004, had her first big UK hit in 2000
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