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Charlie Brooks festive jive is a hit with Strictly Come Dancing judges

Eastenders star Charlie Brooks has waltzed off with victory as she triumphed in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special.

The twinkle-toed star — who plays villainess Janine Butcher —even managed to impress hard-to-please judge Craig Revel Horwood.

She and partner Vincent Simone dominated the dancefloor with a festive jive in the one-off edition of the BBC1 show last night

Brooks beat boxer Barry McGuigan, comedy actress Debra Stephenson, Blue's Simon Webbe and former Hi-De-Hi star Su Pollard to take the glitterball trophy.

Members of the studio audience voted her dance their top choice in the show.

Brooks paid tribute to her partner, Simone: “I've absolutely loved it, I've had such a brilliant time, he has been amazing. I've made such a good friend here.”

She said her daughter Kiki would be thrilled by her win: “My little girl is going to be so happy.”

Revel Horwood said: “One word, three syllables, darlings, starting with F. Fab-u-lous.”

And fellow judge Len Goodman praised her dance as “sharp and tasty, like a pickled walnut with a bit of cheese for supper on Christmas night”.

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