Catherine Tyldesley has said she is “absolutely heartbroken” after being been forced to pull out of the Strictly Come Dancing tour due to injury.
The former Coronation Street star, 36, posted a long message on Instagram saying her dancing days were on hold for a while.
She wrote: “I’m absolutely heartbroken to let you all know that I’ve had to finish my time on the @strictlycomedancinglive tour earlier than expected.
“Unfortunately, I’ve sustained an injury which means I’ll be unable to dance for a while.”
She went on: “My experience of the tour has been a complete joy.
“Each audience has been so full of love for SCD.
“My fellow dancers are all phenomenal and I’m so grateful to have experienced such a magical show.
“Devastated is an understatement.
“Wishing my #Strictly family the best time with the rest of the tour.”
Tyldesley urged people to go along to see the show, which features some of the show’s professional dancers and contestants from the last series.
“If you get chance to watch it - GO! It’s unbelievably magical,” she said.
The actress was a contestant on the 2019 series of the BBC competition where she danced with Johannes Radebe.
Tyldesley – who was eliminated in week six – fell in love with ballroom during her time on the show and has said in many interviews that the experience boosted her self-esteem.
She told Hello! magazine earlier this year: “I was lacking in confidence and I didn't feel comfortable in my own skin. That's not a nice feeling.
“Strictly showed me how to learn to love my body again. I became much more confident in myself and more grateful for what I can achieve.”
Tyldesley’s fellow Strictly stars wished her well after her sad news.
Her dance partner Radebe wrote on Instagram: “Babe it defo wasn’t our last dance.”
Former contestant Alex Scott said she was sending “positive vibes”, and Strictly professional Graziano Di Prima wrote: “My darling get well soon!! we miss you so much!!”