Strictly Come Dancing star Lisa Riley says of Craig Revel Horwood writing Strictly Confidential for her, “It’s the most flattering thing in the world!”

by Lynn Rowlands

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As fans of Strictly Come Dancing may know, judge Craig Revel Horwood has penned a stage show entitled Strictly Confidential, which is about, and will star, former Emmerdale actress Lisa Riley, who of course competed on Strictly last year.

And during an interview with TV Times, Lisa – who’s currently starring in BBC soap Waterloo Road – revealed how flattered she’d been to learn about the show.

She said, “It’s the most flattering thing in the world…

“The show’s called Strictly Confidential, it starts touring the country in June and I’ll be dancing with professional Artem Chigvintsev, it’s all very exciting.

“You’re going to get an insight into my life and how I went from drama school to being the people’s champion.

“It’s insane that Craig would write it for me. We get on like a house on fire – he’s a softie really!”

On the subject of how Lisa managed to fit in filming for Waterloo Road with her hectic SCD schedule, which of course included Strictly’s live tour, she said, “We filmed these scenes [for Waterloo Road] up in Scotland while I was training for Strictly with my professional partner Robin Windsor.Strictly Confidential

“It was so funny, one day I was covered in mud as Tina and then the next thing I was head to toe in glitter doing photos for Strictly.

“I was a scruffbag in the morning, then a glamourpuss at night!”

And of the tour, Lisa added, “I’m still very much in the bubble, we’re having a brilliant time.

“When we performed in my home town of Manchester the whole arena was chanting my name, I couldn’t believe it.

“Everybody’s still bonkers about what I did and to me that’s better than winning.

“Viewers loved the fact that we were so camp and that we could actually dance.

“People have had their eyes opened and for the first time in many years I’ve given men and women a voice.

“You can be the person you want to be, no matter what you look like.”

She concluded, “Strictly really has been the best thing I’ve done. You couldn’t make up what’s happened to my life since…

“There’s so much in the pipeline it’s ridiculous.”

Lisa returns to Waterloo Road on Thursday February 28 at 8pm on BBC1, but for now, here’s a reminder of her on Strictly…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.