Who is Chizzy Akudolu? Everything you need to know about the Holby City actress and Strictly Come Dancing contestant

Strictly 2017 star Akudolu is best known for playing heart surgeon Mo in Holby City and has some dance experience under her belt

Strictly Come Dancing Chizzy Akudolu Pasha Kovalev

Strictly Come Dancing 2017 celebrities: Chizzy Akudolu

Age: 43

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Strictly Come Dancing code name: Andromeda

Twitter: @chizzyakudolu

Which Strictly professional has Chizzy been paired with? Pasha Kovalev

Chizzy Akudolu and Pasha Kovalev on Strictly Come Dancing

Week 2 – Chizzy was eliminated from Strictly this week

Score on the leaderboard: 16

Dance: Foxtrot to I’m a Woman

The judges’ verdict: Shirley Ballas found Chizzy’s Foxtrot “a little disappointing” and “a bit too lumpy” for her, as she called for more sophistication in the routine. Bruno also said that she lost the style of the dance, while Craig called out “a lot of gapping” between Chizzy and partner Pasha Kovalev. “I’d like to see more Foxtrot and less musical theatre in this particular piece,” Craig added. Darcey, meanwhile, wanted Chizzy to keep up her performance value and concentrate on the technique. Sadly Chizzy found herself in the dance off with Brian Conley, with the judges ultimately deciding to save Brian over the Holby City star.

Week 1

Score on the leaderboard: 21

Dance: Cha Cha to Boogie Fever by The Sylvers

The judges’ verdict: Despite getting her heel caught in her dress, Bruno’s ‘diagnosis’ of Chizzy’s dance was “very, very good”. He also said he loved to see her on the dance floor, although Craig said that it was a bit too disco and there wasn’t enough Cha Cha in the routine. Darcey commended her “flirty attitude” and that she loved watching her, while Shirley told her not to be afraid of getting on her feet.

Radio Times spoke exclusively to Chizzy Akudolu:

Why are you doing Strictly?

“I’ve always had a thing for Pasha and I thought this was a good way of getting close to him!”

Have you prepared for the show at all?

“I started going to the gym, but got bored. My Strictly diet involves less fried chicken. I’m looking forward to getting super fit.”

Hear more from Chizzy and Pasha in our exclusive interview below:

What is Chizzy Akudolu famous for?

Andrea Chizoba “Chizzy” Akudolu is best-known for playing heart surgeon Mo Effanga in Holby City, but her TV career began in 2002, when she won a BBC Talent Initiative called The Urban Sketch Showcase. This led to roles in EastEnders, Green Wing, Hollyoaks Later, Twenty Twelve and The Inbetweeners. From 2012 until June this year, Akudolu was a series regular on Holby.

Strictly Come Dancing Chizzy Akudolu

The actress is no stranger to dancing, as earlier this year she took part in Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief with a duo from Casualty – together they performed Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and came second.

Akudolu has also appeared in a range of children’s TV – most notably starring in the lead role in CBBC’s Jinx as Cookie, the Fairy Godmother.

Who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2017? See the full list of celebrities here

And finally, Akudolu has a brown belt in karate- so hopefully we’ll be seeing some high kicks on the Strictly dance floor…


Strictly Come Dancing 2017 full contestant line-up

Alexandra Burke

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Jonnie Peacock

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Debbie McGee

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Chizzy Akudolu

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Charlotte Hawkins

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Brian Conley

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Susan Calman

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Aston Merrygold

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Simon Rimmer

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Joe McFadden

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Rev Richard Coles

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Gemma Atkinson

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Ruth Langsford

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Davood Ghadami

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Mollie King

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Last updated 22nd September 2017