Who is Emma Barton? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2019 contestant and actress

The class of 2019 is being revealed – find out more about one of this year’s amateur dancers.

It’s that time of year again – Strictly Come Dancing’s celebrity cast for the coming series is being announced.

Find out more about one of the Glitterball Trophy contenders, Emma Barton.

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Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Emma was the third contestant of the 2019 series to be revealed when she appeared on The One Show on July 31.

Age: 42

Occupation: Actress

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Best known for: You’ll probably know Emma from her much less glamorous day job, playing EastEnders’ Minute Mart shop assistant Honey Mitchell.

Honey’s storylines have included her ill-fated marriage to Billy, and now she’s in a relationship with Adam but becoming increasingly suspicious over his closeness to Habiba.

When she isn’t serving Albert Square, Emma can be found treading the boards of some of the West End’s finest theatres.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Waltzing in from Walford welcome @TheEmmaBarton! @BBCEastEnders Honey Mitchell to #Strictly

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Her past productions have included Chicago, Grease, and One Man, Two Guvnors.

Emma also does lots of charity work as patron of the Down’s Syndrome Association and Portsmouth Down’s Syndrome Association, and ran the London Marathon this year for Barbara Windsor’s Dementia Revolution team.

She said: “As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can’t believe this is happening. I’m very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I've been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business.

“So, I’m whipping off Honey's Minute Mart tabard and diving right in to all the glitter and sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor - I just can’t wait!”

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Strictly partner: Anton Du Beke

Instagram: @TheEmmaBarton

 

Meet the Strictly 2019 celebrity lineup

Jamie Laing

Jamie Laing - OUT

Dev Griffin

Dev Griffin

Emma Weymouth - Strictly Come Dancing

Emma Weymouth

Saffron Barker - Strictly Come Dancing

Saffron Barker

Mike Bushell - Strictly Come Dancing

Mike Bushell

James Cracknell - Strictly Come Dancing

James Cracknell

Michelle Visage

Michelle Visage

David James

David James

Alex Scott

Alex Scott

Emma Barton

Emma Barton

Will Bayley

Will Bayley

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice

Karim Zeroual

Karim Zeroual

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherine Tyldesley

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for series 17 on September 21 at 7pm.

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