Panto will prove no problem for Letitia

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Letitia Dean has spoken for the first time about a potential clash with pantomime commitments at Ipswich's Regent theatre. The former Eastenders star is due to appear as the fairy godmother in this year's production of Cinderella on December 14.

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Letitia Dean has spoken for the first time about a potential clash with pantomime commitments at Ipswich's Regent theatre.

The former Eastenders star is due to appear as the fairy godmother in this year's production of Cinderella on December 14.

Miss Dean, 40, told Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two presenter Claudia Winkleman that the Regent pantomime would be a “doddle” after appearing in the BBC hit show.

She said: “Panto is going to be a doddle after Strictly Come Dancing!”

Her dance partner Darren Bennett added: “I'm going to move to Ipswich for the duration.”

Before Claudia added: “I hear Ipswich is lovely.”

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As reported in The Evening Star, Regent bosses are expecting the couple to fit in both panto rehearsals and dance practices.

As the competition intensifies towards this weekend's crunch performances Miss Dean said she is finding it a challenge being the oldest person left in the competition.

Quoted on the Strictly Come Dancing website she said: “My energy levels aren't the same, but I'm getting fitter, I'm the fittest I've ever been.

“When I first started, I felt like a poor relation to Alesha and Kelly, but we've all got our place in the competition. I've never been one to go clubbing, and hip action doesn't come naturally to me.”

She said the main advantage of being older is that it encourages the audience to give dancing a go.

“It makes it more accessible for the older people, age can do it.”

“I do feel more comfortable with the Ballroom. I think there's something graceful about Ballroom. Alesha makes it look contemporary though. I enjoy it more, but I do like the others. I don't want to leave the competition having failed at Latin.”

Cinderella opens at The Regent on December 14. For tickets contact the box office on 01473 433100.

Are you a fan of Letitia? Do you enjoy dancing? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Letitia Dean was 17 when she first appeared as Sharon Watts in Eastenders.

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