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Strictly no Corrie stars on BBC’s dancing show as Callard reveals ‘ban’

By Sherna Noah

Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard has divulged the soap's cast are stopped from taking part in Strictly Come Dancing because of ITV and BBC "malarkey".

The soap star, who portrays Liz McDonald in Corrie, wished This Morning's Ruth Langsford luck on the forthcoming series during an appearance on Thursday morning's show.

She said: "I'm so jealous you're doing Strictly, I will vote for you, I promise," before Langsford asked her if she would ever consider taking part in the popular BBC show.

Callard said: "They won't let us, that's the only reality show I would do. I am very jealous."

Eamonn Holmes then asked if it was because she was on ITV, to which to which his guest replied: "Oh, it's all that malarkey."

She added: "But I want a free ticket please, I'll come and scream for you Ruth."

ITV declined to comment on the supposed ban. The actress was appearing on ITV's This Morning to discuss her depression after she took a two-month break from the ITV soap in 2016 when she collapsed on set.

She told Langsford and Holmes she had pushed herself "too far rather than going to the GP immediately".

"People who are ill, we are people-pleasers, and you so don't want to let anyone down, but in the end you put yourself under pressure, you let yourself down," she added.

Meanwhile, statuesque Emmerdale star Gemma Atkinson has revealed she fears being dropped by her Strictly Come Dancing partner because of her height.

The 5ft 9in actress, who became the fourth name confirmed for the ballroom dancing show, hopes she is paired up with a "tall and strong" pro on the new BBC1 series.

Atkinson (32), who played Carly Hope on the ITV soap, said spray tans, heels and sparkly dresses were out of her comfort zone.

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