Born in Southend-on-Sea, Kara started acting as a child in amatuer dramatics, before taking speech and drama lessons while she was at school, and even got her first taste of television as an extra on EastEnders in 1994. When she left school, she won a part in Teachers and had roles in Dinotopia and Dream Team but it was her portrayal of Dawn Swann in BBC soap opera EastEnders for four years where Kara became famous. Not stranger to dancing, Kara took part in the BBCs Sport Relief edition of Strictly Come Dancing and won the competition dancing a samba with series four champion Mark Ramprakash.

Kara will be dancing in the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing, and her professional dance partner is Artem Chigvintsev who is joining Strictly this year.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Cha Cha Cha I Like It 7 8 8 7 30
2 Foxtrot From Russia With Love 7 8 9 8 32
3 Quickstep Are You Gonna Be My Girl 8 8 8 7 31
4 Charleston Put A Lid On It 8 8 8 8 32
5 Paso doble The Phantom Of The Opera 9 9 10 9 37
6 Salsa Conga 9 9 9 9 36
7 Argentine Tango Los Vino 9 9 10 10 38
8 American Smooth Cry Me A River 9 6 10 10 35
9 Jive Runaround Sue 7 9 9 9 34
10 Tango El Tango de Roxanne 9 9 10 10 38
11 Viennese waltz Stop 9 10 10 10 39
11 Swing-A-Thon Winner 5
11 Rumba Samba Pa' Ti 9 10 10 10 39
12 Rumba Samba Pa' Ti 9 10 10 10 39
12 Show dance Don't Stop Me Now 9 9 9 9 36
12 Waltz If You Don't Know Me By Now 9 9 10 10 38
12 American Smooth Cry Me A River 10 7 10 10 37


What The Judges Said

Week 2 - Foxtrot

Craig:I thought you danced that very, very well, I have to say. However, you do need to sort your topline out a little bit, you know just the head and neck, and just the arch of your back there, and relax your left index finger darling. It's a bit nasty all of that.
Len:Honestly everyone, you wonder why I go cranky, I'm sitting here. Anyway, you did a heel turn, you taught her a heel turn and she did it beautifully and went up onto the balls of her feet, her technique was excellent, her performance was great, well done, it was very, very good.
Alesha:I know your confidence was probably knocked from the fall, but you came back this week and recovered really, really well. You're a fine dancer, that was a stunning routine. Well done, honestly.


Week 1 - Cha Cha Cha

Bruno:Miaow, Catwoman, come and take me. I know there was a mistake at the beginning, then there was a stumble, but you're a great dancer, I'm sure you'll be back and you'll be amazing.
Craig:Fabulous recovery from the fall, I know it was a bit of a costume drama. Very dodgy turn at the end, but really controlled, clean and precise. Well done.
Len:I've got to agree, you know, anyone can catch their heel in their tassle or whatever it is, but you came back just as strong. Great job, Kara, well done.
Alesha:I think you guys are so hot together, honestly. And you know what, Kara, even with the mistake, still the best dance of the night.


Kara's Strictly Introduction