Katie McGlynn is not leaving Hollyoaks after joining Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up

Katie McGlynn is not leaving Hollyoaks after joining Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up

The actress, best known to audiences for portraying Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street, currently plays Becky Quentin in the Channel 4 soap.

It was revealed this morning that she would be strutting her stuff on the Strictly dancefloor later this year, joining the likes of former Bake Off winner John Whaite and BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker.

‘It’s been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I’m getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family!’ Katie enthused. 

‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’

The BBC One dance competition will run for a number of months, but a website can confirm that Katie will not be leaving her Hollyoaks role to take part.

‘Katie doesn’t need to take a break in order to do Strictly,’ a source told us. ‘She will organise her training around her Hollyoaks filming commitments.’

Katie joined the long-running serial last month making her first appearance as mysterious Becky on July 5.

Becky encountered mainstay Diane Hutchinson (Alex Fletcher), who is struggling with her mental health, at the hospital.

The two have become incredibly good friends in the wake of their chance meeting, but it’s clear there is more to Becky than meets the eye, and this friendship could prove to be incredibly dangerous for impressionable Diane.

‘When I first read the script, I knew instantly that this storyline was an important one, and something that I could really sink my teeth into,’ said Katie.

‘I’m so excited for everyone to meet Becky and am thrilled to be working alongside the amazing cast and crew of Hollyoaks, especially the show’s producer Lucy (Allan), who I previously worked with at the beginning of my acting career on Waterloo Road – so it’s lovely to be working with her again 10 years on.

‘The whole team couldn’t have been any more welcoming so far and I’m hopeful the story will have an impact on the viewers as it covers some extremely current and important issues.

‘I’m super humbled to continue doing the work I really love and hope everyone enjoys watching it all unfold on screen as much as I’ve enjoyed filming it so far.’