Strictly’s Natalie Gumede Hits Back At Critics: “I’ve Never Danced Pro!”

Natalie Gumede

, who played boy beater Kirsty Soames on Coronation Street, has hit back after critics said she shouldn’t be on Strictly Come Dancing because of her dancing past.

The actress has been dancing since the age of three but when LOOK spoke to Natalie at the launch of the BBC One reality show this week she insisted there was no real advantage over fellow contestants including Abbey Clancy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ashley Taylor Dawson, Ben Cohen and Rachel Riley.

“I have danced before, I danced as a child but I haven’t danced for 10 years,” she said. “I went to stage school like a lot of actors do [but] I haven’t done ballroom before and I haven’t danced professionally.

“Obviously I have performance experience but this is a new skill. There’s someone that’s danced every year it’s me!

I have so much to learn and its been such a long time since I have been in any situation anything like this certainly nothing like this. I have never worked as a dancer before.”

And Natalie, 29, admits that being her true self in front of the lens makes the whole Strictly experience extra daunting. “I’m used to playing a role and hiding behind that role, so I definitely feel quite exposed and nervous,” she explained.

Then, referring to her soap villain status, she added: “But I’m looking forward to showing my nicer side!”

The ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ launch show airs on Saturday at 6.50pm on BBC One.


By Gemma Calvert

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