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.
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.