Actress met boyfriend Artem Chigvintsev on the show
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.’