Actress Helen George has split from actor husband Oliver Boot days before the return of Strictly which is known for being the kiss of death when it comes to relationships

We love Strictly Come Dancing but there’s one thing we hate about the show – that damn curse!

Yup, we’ve seen marriages crumble, relationship breakdown and we do not like it at all! In fact the only affair we want to see this series is Len and his lense.

But even before the show has aired we’re sad to report the Strictly Curse has already taken it’s first victim in Call the Midwife star Helen George.

The actress, best known as boozy nurse Trixie, has split from her husband of nearly three years, Oliver Boot. So this means she will be single as she takes part in the new series of Strictly, which starts on Saturday.

The show has been at the centre of affairs, engagements and a divorce among several of its stars.

Now its so-called curse appears to have struck even before the latest series has started.

Helen, 31, married Oliver, also an actor, in December 2012. The pair had met on the set of BBC drama Hotel Babylon.

Reports say Helen looked shocked and refused to answer when asked if she was single at the Strictly launch last night.

But her spokesman soon said: ‘I can confirm that Helen separated from her husband some time ago.’

But what better way to get over a break up that pull on some sequins and dance the cha-cha! We think it would be the perfect remedy!

Speaking about joining the BBC hit dance show – where Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will be returning as hosts Helen said:

‘I was really excited about taking on a new challenge because I did the marathon earlier in the year and when Strictly came around, I had been training so much for the marathon that I didn’t have any new physical goal to aim for so it seemed like a really good idea to keen going and learn a completely new skill.’

Helen’s also confessed that she did a lot of Ballet when she was younger – we’re thinking she could be a dark horse!

Lydia Southern