Lancashire lass Lisa attended the Oldham Theatre Workshop as a youngster, and became a household name playing the role of Mandy Dingle on ITV soap Emmerdale, for which she won an NTA award in 1996. After leaving the series, she took over from Jeremy Beadle as host of You've Been Framed, working on the show for five years. She has had roles in a variety of television programmes, as well as appearing in pantomimes and touring theatre productions, including The Play What I Wrote and Calendar Girls.

Lisa competed in the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing dancing with Robin Windsor. I don't think there's ever been a bigger surprise at a celebrities first dance than when Lisa burst on to the stage with her Cha cha cha in week one, and as she'd said herself, she was "doing it for the chubbers". Her exuberance and energy was contagious, and she lit up the dancefloor with Craig praising her saying, "You can dance". Lisa topped the scoreboard at the end of the first round of dancing.

Although one of the few dancers not to be hindered by dance or music choices in the theme weeks, Lisa couldn't maintain that leaderboard placing, but a charming foxtrot saw her achieve her highest score to date of 32 points. When Strictly moved to Wembley, a joyful samba from Lisa opened the show and a standing ovation from 6,000 people saw a few tears, but another score of 32 points kept them in the middle of the scoreboard placings. In fact, over the next few weeks, Lisa & Robin were placed fifth out of a diminishing number of couples remaining in the competition, but it wasn't until week 10 and the new dance fusion that the pair found themselves in the bottom two with the judges. The public, however, had different ideas and they were saved having to perform in the dance off. The semi-final saw them dance a salsa, but a floor spin went slightly wrong, and resulted in Robin having to haul Lisa up, and left Craig crying with laughter and unable to provide any comments. Their American Smooth was much more successful but they were still unable to break the 32 points, and found their combined score left them in the bottom place of the scoreboard, and the public agreed, putting them in the dance off against Denise & James. They treated it as their last dance and gave it their all, but the judges votes went against them, and saw them leave the competition in fifth place and just short of the grand final.

Follow Lisa on Twitter at @reallisariley.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores TotalLeaderboard*
1 Cha cha cha Think 8 8 7 7 30 1st (14)
2 Viennese Waltz Never Tear Us Apart 7 6 6 6 25 3rd (14)
3 Jive Hanky Panky 8 6 7 8 29 =3rd (13)
4 Charleston Witch Doctor 6 6 7 7 26 =7th (12)
5 Tango Let's Stick Together 7 7 6 7 27 =6th (11)
6 Foxtrot This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) 8 8 8 8 32 5th (10)
7 Samba Car Wash 8 8 8 8 32 5th (9)
8 Rumba As If We Never Said Goodbye 7 6 7 7 27 =5th (8)
9 Quickstep Bring Me Sunshine 7 8 8 8 31 5th (7)
10 Tango and Cha cha cha Voulez-Vous 7 8 7 8 30 5th (6)
11 Salsa Best Years Of Our Lives 7 8 8 8 31 (5)
11 American Smooth All That Jazz 8 8 8 8 32 5th (5)

*Leaderboard position in Week 2 is based on a combined score from Week 1 and Week 2 dances.


Week 11 - American Smooth:

Week 11 - Salsa:

Week 10 - Fusion: Tango & Cha cha cha

Week 9 - Quickstep

Week 8 - Rumba

Week 7 - Samba

Week 6 - Foxtrot

Week 5 - Tango

Week 4 - Charleston

Week 3 - Jive

Week 2 - Viennese Waltz

Week 1 - Cha cha cha

First rehearsals