Emmerdale star Lisa Riley makes emotional announcement as fans rush to support

Emmerdale star Lisa Riley
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Emmerdale’s Lisa Riley is ‘so proud’ as she issued an emotional announcement. The soap star has confirmed that she is teaming up with Strictly Come Dancing judge Anton Du Beke to work on a project close to their hearts.

The pair are set to host a live show together in honour of late friend and co-star Robin Windsor following his heartbreaking death earlier this year.

The former Strictly professional dancer was found dead in February in a hotel room at the age of 44. Robin joined the BBC hit dance competition in 2010 and was paired with EastEnders star Patsy Kensit. Lisa, who is well known for her role as Mandy Dingle was paired with Robin in 2012 and they almost made it the whole way but finished in 5th place.

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The two remained good friends until he died. Now the star has announced that she will celebrate his life and career in the special one-off show, Celebrating Robin Windsor: The Final Act.

She will be co-hosting the evening alongside fellow Strictly judge Anton Du Beke. Sharing the news with her followers, she took to Instagram and wrote: "So so so proud to be hosting this INCREDIBLE night of talent….with @mrantondubeke.

"A live show at THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE, in Londons WEST-END….a night dedicated to my best friend @robinwindsor my for always angel..."

Other faces set to appear during the show are Robin's fellow Strictly pro's Pasha Kovalev, Joanne Clifton and Vincent Simone as well as another of his former celeb partner's.

The comment section was flooded with sweet messages from fans and celebrity friends. Lisa's Emmerdale co-star Beth Cordingly said: "How Wonderful, Lise. That’s fabulous. You’ll do him proud."

@Fanny_lane52 said: “Beautiful soul inside and out and such a fitting tribute to do. And couldn't think of anyone better than you to host.”

@Disneymademma wrote: “What an amazing tribute and i know that you’ll present this as wonderfully as you did his eulogy i hope to get tickets.”

@Elaine.robinson67 commented: “Hope it's a huge success and I hope Robin will be smiling down on you all.” @traceymo286 said: “Oo love the sound of this, love u and Anton.”

@Fabneenee commented: “This is a beautiful tribute to your amazing friend.” While @Scottbeszick added: “What a beautiful tribute to Robin.”

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