Meet Katie McGlynn: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant and former Coronation Street star

Will Katie lift the Glitterball in 2021?

Strictly Come Dancing star Katie McGlynn

Actress Katie McGlynn has joined the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up and after a lot of practice she will be taking to the ballroom for the first time with her partner, Gorka Marquez and they will be performing the Tango in week one to Black Hole by Griff.

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The 28-year-old is best known for her role as Sinead Tinker in ITV soap Coronation Street, and she will be hoping she can put on quite the show and beat the rest of her celeb contestants and their chosen Strictly Come Dancing songs and dances.

She’ll compete against the likes of AJ Odudu, Sara Davies, John Whaite and more, but does she have what it takes to lift the Glitterball trophy?

Here’s everything you need to know about Katie McGlynn, including what she had to say about signing up for Strictly Come Dancing.

Who is Katie McGlynn?

Age: 28

Job: Actress

Partnered with: Gorka Marquez

Instagram: @katiexmcglynn

Twitter: @KatiexMcGlynn

Katie McGlynn is an actress. She was a regular in Waterloo Road and appeared in BBC One dramas The Syndicate and Moving On. She’s best known for playing Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street from 2013 to 2020. In 2020, she was nominated for a BAFTA and won a National Television Award for Best Serial Drama Performance and currently stars in Hollyoaks as mysterious newcomer Becky Quentin.

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Katie McGlynn on Hollyoaks
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What has Katie said about joining Strictly Come Dancing?

She may have been there for the first episode of the new series, but Katie’s Strictly journey will truly begin this weekend with her first performance Speaking ahead of the show’s launch, Katie said that she can’t wait to get into some sequins, saying in a statement: “It’s been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I’m getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family! I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.”

She added: “Although I do get to have so much fun as an actress, a lot of my roles have involved quite serious and challenging storylines, so I’m fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone. I can’t promise that I’ll be the best, but I’m going to give it 110 per cent on the dance floor! As long as I don’t fall over I’ll be happy.”

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