Kym Marsh claims she's doing Strictly 'for the grandmothers out there'

Kym Marsh, 46, claims she’s doing Strictly ‘for the grandmothers out there’ as it was revealed one has never lifted the Glitterball trophy

Kym Marsh has claimed she’s doing Strictly Come Dancing ‘for the grandmothers out there’ as it was revealed one has never lifted the Glitterball trophy.

The Coronation Street actress, 46, become a grandmother for the second time this month after welcoming her first grandchild in June 2019.

Speaking on BBC Morning Live, Dr Xand van Tulleken said to Kym: ‘I believe it’s true that a grandmother has never won Strictly before so you could be a pioneer!’

Motivated: Kym Marsh has claimed she’s doing Strictly Come Dancing ‘for the grandmothers out there’ as it was revealed one has never lifted the Glitterball trophy

Kym, who co-hosts the breakfast show, replied: ‘I’m doing it for the grandmothers out there.’ 

The actress said that she was ‘very proud’ of her son David Cunliffe, 26, and his  fiancée Courtney, after they welcomed a baby boy.

When Kym was announced as part of the line-up she revealed she’s wanted to join the show for ‘a number of years.’

Excited: When Kym was announced as part of the line-up she revealed she’s wanted to join the show for ‘a number of years.’

She said: ‘I’ve considered doing Strictly for years but the timings never worked out. I’m so delighted that this year they have! 

‘I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress, it’s unreal!’

Speaking on Breakfast, Kym admitted she hadn’t told her Morning Live co-host Gethin Jones about taking part in the show, despite hm previously taking part in 2007.

Happy: The actress said that she was ‘very proud’ of her son David Cunliffe, 26, and his fiancée Courtney, after they welcomed a baby boy

Cute: She penned: ‘Introducing…..Clayton Lenny David Cunliffe!!! Our beautiful new grandson was welcomed into the world on 17.08.22 weighing a whopping 10lb 7oz!’ 

She said: ‘I was joking with him and I said ”were you on Strictly because you’ve never mentioned it!” I think he was always asking me if I was going to do it, and he kept going on about it again over the next few months, and of course I’ve not spoken to him and I’ll probably get a message later saying ”you never told me!”

Speaking via. Zoom, Kym revealed that her parents were both hiding behind  a curtain while she took part in the interview, and they were even more excited to see her take to the dancefloor.

The actress, who rose to fame as a star of the band Hearsay, added she’s open to learning the new dance styles, as they will be a stark contrast to her pop star days. 

Soap favourite: Kym is best known for playing Michelle Connor on Coronation Street from 2006 to 2019

She continued: ‘I’m just very keen to learn watching it, I’ve done dancing before when I was a little girl, and when I was in Hearsay, my husband is very excited about me being able to teach him, so we can do it when we go to the balls.

‘Any of them really, just to learn how to dance properly would be brilliant.’

Asked whether she’ll fear the harsh critiques of Craig Revel Horwood and the rest of the judging panel, Kym added: ‘I was judged by Nasty Nigel in Popstars don’t forget that, he was the villain back in the day!

‘These are the people I truly respect, this is what they do, I’m just going to have to suck it up I guess, you’ve just to take it on the chin.’

Kym is best known for playing Michelle Connor in Coronation Street from 2006 to 2019, and since October 2020 has co-hosted BBC’s Morning Live.

It is set to be a busy year for Kym as she also set to film Waterloo Road at the end of the year, joining the school drama as mother-of-two Nicky Walters.

Here she is! Former Coronation Street star Kym was unveiled as the second contestant on BBC Breakfast

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