Episode three of ITV’s new drama Jekyll and Hyde has an interesting scene in which actress and Strictly alumnus Natalie Gumede has to do some dancing in a bar in the guise of saucy Bella.
It was a little in-joke from writer Charlie Higson, who knew that the actress – whose character runs a seedy East End pub – could strut her stuff.
After all, she was a Strictly Come Dancing runner-up in 2013.
So you’d think her time on Strictly would stand her in good stead, wouldn’t you? But no. Director Colin Teague instructed her not to be too good.
“He said, ‘You look a little poised’, and thought my Strictly dancing would bleed into it,” Gumede told RadioTimes.com.
“Obviously Bella is a rough and ready girl and he wanted that to be authentic.”
So rough and ready dancing it was…