The soap-star turned Strictly Come Dancing contestant opens up on her biggest challenge yet as she reveals what Strictly means to her.

Fans are used to seeing Catherine Tyldesley get into character on screen as a soap star but this autumn she will be stepping out onto the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor without a script – and just her choreographed routine.

Catherine, 35, is mum to Alfie, four, who she has with husband Tom, Pitfield, will be hoping to wow judges with her moves but as rehearsals are expected to soon get underway, the actress reveals she is nervous ahead of making her TV dancing debut.

In a video, uploaded to her social media, captioned ‘THANKYOU Guys! Can’t wait to get started @bbcstrictly.’

Catherine says, ‘Morning campers I hope you’re all alright, I just wanted to do a little message to say thank you for all of your messages, your DMs, your tweets, you have been so supportive of me doing strictly and that mean s the world to me.’

And she continued to explain the nerve-wracking effect the BBC One dance show was having on her body.

She says, ‘It means so much because I am so far out of my comfort zone. It’s like my comfort zone is in Australia and I’m in London – it’s that far away. So it really means a lot, every time I hear the theme tune I’m like [barf] a little bit of sick in my mouth so your support is cheering me on, I’m like come on you can do this Cath.’

While it’s not yet known which professional dancer she will be paired up with, Catherine is happy regardless.

She adds, ‘I’m super excited, I can’t wait to meet some amazing people and work with phenomenally talent people so thank you, here goes nothing.’