Strictly’s Emma Barton will leave EastEnders for dancing tour – after denying it

Strictly Come Dancing star Emma Barton will reportedly take a hiatus from EastEnders as she embarks on a dancing tour around the country.

Emma found out on Sunday night that she was through to the semi-finals of this series alongside dancing partner Anton du Beke.

And the actress, 42, who plays Honey Mitchell in the BBC soap, will be taking on a UK tour kicking off in Birmingham on January 16th.

She will be teaming up with professional dancer Graziano Di Prima for the tour, rather than Anton.

According to The Sun , Emma will return to EastEnders after her final show on 9th February at the O2 Arena in London.

She had previously denied she would take any time off from filming for dance rehearsals.

Asked how she would be dealing with the schedule conflicts, she said: "I'm still there, I'm still doing both.

"It's lovely that Strictly's just across the road, which is really handy.

"But they've done that a lot over the past few years, EastEnders look after us all very well, Strictly will as well.

"I'm not shy of working hard, so… I was not going to say no to this, I would have regretted it."

She recently admitted she was finding it hard to fit her gruelling training regime around her day job in EastEnders.

She said: "You still want that extra day, you still want those few extra hours, you just have to work with what you're given.

"I work really hard, Anton works really hard. I've said this before, I'm on two of the biggest shows on the BBC, I'm a very lucky girl."

There have been a number of EastEnders stars over the years who have taken part in Strictly, including Emma's co-stars Jake Wood and Scott Maslen.

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