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Strictly Come Dancing 2017: twelfth contestant revealed

Chizzy Akudolu joins the likes of Charlotte Hawkins, Mollie King and Aston Merrygold

by Ainhoa Barcelona

The twelfth celebrity to join the Strictly Come Dancing line-up has been announced! Chizzy Akudolu – full name Andrea Chizoba Akudolu – will join the talent show, with the hope of lifting the coveted glitterball trophy at the end of series 15. Chizzy said: "When I was 13, I made the finals of a disco dancing competition once but there was this amazing girl who exploded onto the stage with a gorgeous sequined costume, throwing glitter everywhere… I knew it was game over for me. That was then, this is now and this is my chance to have even more sequins!"

Chizzy, 43, is an actress, best-known for playing heart surgeon Mo Effanga, in BBC One's Holby City. Chizzy joined the cast in 2012 and hung up her stethoscope in June after five years. During her time on the show, Chizzy won the award for Best Newcomer at the Black International Film Festival and Music Video and Screen Awards as well as Best Actress in the same year at the BEFFTA Awards. She was also nominated for Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards.

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Chizzy, 43, is an actress, best-known for starring in Holby City

Chizzy's background is in comedy acting and she is also a writer and producer; her other TV appearances include The Inbetweeners, EastEnders, Silent Witness, Hollyoaks and Twenty Twelve. Earlier this year, the TV star took part in BBC One's Let's Sing and Dance for Comic Relief with a duo from Casualty. The trio performed Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and were runners up.

The actress joins Charlotte Hawkins, Brian Conley, Susan Calman, Aston Merrygold, Simon Rimmer, Joe McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles, Gemma Atkinson, Ruth Langsford, Davood Ghadami and Mollie King who have also been confirmed for the new series.