Who is Chizzy Akudolu? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 star and Holby City actress

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Holby City star Chizzy Akudolu is swapping the hospital floor for the Strictly dance floor.

The actress has been on dozens of hit series and soaps, but just what do we know about her? Here’s the lowdown…

 Chizzy Akudolu is heading to the Strictly floor

Chizzy Akudolu is heading to the Strictly floor

Who is Chizzy Akudolo, how old is she and what is her background?

Chizzy Akudolu is an actress, comedian and TV star, best-known for her role as Mo Effanga in hospital-set soap Holby City.

The 43-year-old began her career in the early noughties after winning BBC comedy contest The Urban Sketch Showcase.

In 2004 she bagged parts in Sean Lock’s sitcom 15 Storeys High and soap EastEnders.

Over the next few years she took roles in shows such as Green Wing, Dead Set, Roman’s Empire, The Inbetweeners, Twenty Twelve and the movie In The Loop.

She also performed on CBBC shows Gigglebiz, and Nuzzle & Scratch.

In 2012 she won a regular part in hit BBC One’s Holby City as Mo, a role which she seemed born to play – as her mother was a midwife.

 Chizzy plays Mo Effanga on Holby

Chizzy plays Mo Effanga on Holby

Chizzy left Holby in the spring of 2017, and said of her exit: “It feels good to be honest with you.

“I’ve left on such a high, so I don’t feel sad. I miss Holby and I miss the people a lot, but I’m excited for the future.”

During her time at Holby, nurse Mo developed a relationship with Mr T, played by Ben Hull, and they had a baby together called Hector.

What else do we know about Chizzy?

Chizzy may have the edge on Strictly because she came second on Let’s Sing And Dance For Comic Relief earlier this year.

She performed Uptown Funk with two other actors from Casualty.

Proficient in (comedy) dancing, Chizzy is also a brown belt in karate and is an experience calligrapher.

 The star has had a rich career in stage and TV

The star has had a rich career in stage and TV

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He will be replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There will be three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.

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