Interview with Strictly Come Dancing star, Georgia May Foote 

Bury-born actress, Georgia May Foote, swapped the cobblestones of Coronation Street for the dance floor of Strictly Come Dancing of late. We caught up with the Northerner to find out more about her fancy Foote-work. Words by Simon Grant

Georgia May Foote’s acting resume reads like a who’s who of Britain’s best-loved soaps. You may have seen the 24-year-old actress and model make appearances in Life on Mars, Grange Hill, Casualty, Heartbeat, Emmerdale and This is England ’86. But she is best known for her long-running former role as Katy Armstrong on ITV’s Coronation Street, a role that she played for nearly five years before leaving the hit show in March 2015.

Foote’s character Katy enjoyed a tumultuous time in Weatherfield. To give you the abridged version, much of her stint revolved around an ill-fated romance with the loveable Chesney (Sam Aston), the father to their son Joseph. She had her head turned with a brief affair with Corrie hunk Ryan (Sol Heras) which, after a fleeting reunion, ultimately led to Chesney kicking her out and the brunette bombshell moving to Portugal with her mother – keeping the Rovers Return door ajar for a possible future return.

While Foote has branched out to appear as a guest and contestant on shows like All Star Family Fortunes, Celebrity Juice and Loose Women over the years, it is her stint on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in recent months that has brought the brunette beauty back to our screens and into our hearts once more. Twice nominated for the Sexiest Female Award at the British Soap Awards, Foote showed plenty of sequinned sass over the course of her Strictly experience.

We caught up with Georgia for an Exclusive chat about her tilt on the thirteenth season of the much-loved Saturday night programme to find out why she decided to take up the Strictly challenge, how she rated her dancing abilities and what she expected her biggest challenge to be whilst on the show.

Exclusive: Why have you decided to take part in Strictly Come Dancing this year?

GMF: I have done such a long stint on Coronation Street that it’s nice to do something completely different and I absolutely love a challenge so that is why I want to take part in Strictly this year.

Exclusive: How do you rate your dance skills and do you have any previous dance experience?

GMF: I absolutely love dancing but I don’t know how good I am because it’s been a while. I’m going to be a bit rusty for starters so I will be generous and give myself six out of 10 so then there’s room to improve. I used to dance when I was younger and used to go to dance school to do hip-hop and street dance which is massively different to ballroom. I used to freestyle too so the more precise and technical dancing is going to be quite difficult.

Exclusive: What will be your biggest challenge during Strictly?

GMF: The live shows because I’ve never really done anything like that before and making sure to stay calm. Also to remember everything because I know you can have one of those moments where your brain just goes completely blank. I do remember talking to my Coronation Street co-star Natalie Gumede the year she was in Strictly and she said it was so tiring and that you’ve got to keep yourself on the ball and get lots of sleep.

Exclusive: Are you a competitive person?

GMF: I am actually. I’m a bit annoying when it comes to card games and stuff like that. I think in a competition like this you kind of admire everyone else. You might watch someone do a dance and think that was stunning but I wouldn’t necessarily look at it and go ‘oh my goodness she’s going to win’. I’m not that sort of person and I admire people for doing really well. I would absolutely love to win but I’m just going to have to try my hardest and see where it gets me.

The Grand Final of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 takes place on Saturday 19 December. The four remaining couples all dance again but, with the judges’ scores only for reference, the eliminations and ultimate winner will be decided purely by the public vote. Who will win what’s been another spectacular series? It’s down to you to decide!

The Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2016 hot-steps into the Manchester Arena on Saturday 30 January (2.30pm and 7.30pm) and Sunday 31 January (1.30pm). Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and all your favourite dancers then sashay into the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Tuesday 2 February (matinee at 2.30pm and evening performance at 7.30pm).

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