An Ipswich teenager with a rare syndrome wowed millions on Friday night as she danced in front of the nation with a Strictly Come Dancing professional.

Brianna, 16, entertained millions as she danced with professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova on BBC Children in Need, which was broadcast on Friday evening.

The teen was born with a rare chromosome disorder called Cat Eye Syndrome and underwent open heart surgery at just one week old.

Brianna and Nadiya's performance was introduced by her Challenge Squad Champion, Alex Jones, who after the performance said: "Look at this girl now.

"You're flying. I feel so lucky to have been a part of this huge journey. An inspiration."

The dance, choreographed by the two-time World and European dance champion Nadiya, was performed live to a rendition of Tomorrow from Annie.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Marisha Wallace, an Olivier-nominated actress who sung the rendition, said: "You all danced so beautifully to the song.

"Brianna what bravery in all that you have been through to dance for the country. You are a star."

After the dance, Brianna said: "I feel incredible. That was amazing"

Ipswich Star: Brianna and Nadiya learning the danceBrianna and Nadiya learning the dance (Image: BBC)

She also received 10 scores across the board from the Strictly Come Dancing judges, with Shirley Ballas saying: "Brianna, that was an absolutely magical performance and you've inspired so many.

"A huge congratulations from all of us."

Brianna and the other three members of the Challenge Squad also appeared on BBC's The One Show on Monday evening.

On the show, Brianna said: "It didn't feel real.

"It was more than I ever expected. Working with Nadiya was just an amazing experience, she was so lovely, but I didn't expect it to go as well as it did, it just felt like it went perfectly.

"Seeing it in its final form it was beyond any expectation I had."

On the show, actor David Tennant announced that Brianna and the rest of the Challenge Squad raised a total of £3,302,915 for Children in Need.