Actress met boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev on the show

Kara Tointon has revealed that she wasn’t keen on doing Strictly Come Dancing.

The actress – who played Dawn Swann in EastEnders from 2005 to 2009 – was reluctant to sign up to the show in 2010 but didn’t have many other options available.

‘I’m a massive fan but I’m more comfortable watching it at home on my sofa,’ says Kara, 30.

‘[But] I hadn’t worked in a while and I thought, “Sod this, I’ll do it and earn some money.”‘

Luckily Kara’s decision turned out to be a good one – not only did she win but she also found love with dance partner Artem Chigvintsev, 31.

‘It ended up being a great experience,’ the actress tells You Magazine.

‘[I didn’t expect to win] in a million years.’

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