Casualty star Sunetra Sarker broke up with her husband before Strictly Come Dancing...

Before the ‘curse of Strictly Come Dancing‘ could even kick in, Sunetra Sarker has split up with husband of ten years. 

The Casualty actress once described Nick Corfield, 44 – dad to their son Noah – as the ‘love of my life’ but the couple apparently drift apart and split last year.

They first met in 1989 when Sunetra was on holiday in Jersey and and got together after bumping into each other again 10 years later. The couple married in 2003 and moved to Bristol – where Casualty is filmed – in 2007.

Sunetra, 41, is now happily dating her Keep Me Fresh business partner Scott Carey, tweeting last week, ‘After the madness of last night – a calm sunny day in London wth Scott #happybirthdayboyfriend xxx

Sunetra – who is dancing with Brendan Cole on Strictly – best known for her role as Dr Zoe Hanna in BBC One’s Casualty. Before that, she starred in some of our favourite shows including Doctor Who, Brookside and the brilliant No Angels, before joining Casualty in 2007.

Here’s what you need to know about her hitting the ballroom…

Why did you say yes to Strictly?
I didn’t! I was a complete no. And it was a really easy no because I can’t do things like this, not at my age! Then I said to my son Noah, that they asked me to do Strictly Come Dancing and he said excitedly, ‘Are you going to do it?’ Still it was no because I said, ‘You won’t see me at the weekends – that’s our special time. Do you really want me to do this?’ He said yes, that he’d love to see me dancing on a Saturday night. Then I rang my Mum who’s mad about dancing and she said, ‘You’ve got to do it’ then my sister said, ‘You want to do this secretly’. Everybody seemed to think I wanted to do it secretly. It was complete bullying!

How do you rate your dancing?
Now that I’ve seen who I’m dancing with – Brendan Cole – a lot less than I thought! I like a boogie, I can keep up with the Macarena, I’ve always liked a bit of comedy dancing at a wedding. I think I’m a cheesy dancer if anything. I don’t rate myself as terrible. I have rhythm, but looking at the others, I’m going to be in the dance off a lot!

What do you think of the judges?
I suppose it’s like any learning exercise – you get told off when you’re not doing well and you get patted on the back when you do. I suppose I’m just going to have to not give them too much reason for them to be too tough. I think Darcey is amazing. I like the look of Bruno and Len, but Craig is a bit scary.

Are you competitive?
I’m not. And I’m not going to pretend I am!

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