The ‘EastEnders’ actress, best known for playing Linda Carter in the BBC soap, is currently in training for this year’s first live show, having been partnered with professional ballroom star Kevin Clifton.
However, while she’s spoken about her excitement ahead of this year’s series, she’s also spoken about her emotional motivation for taking part.
Opening up in the latest issue of Star magazine, she says: “My nana Joy died recently and she’s the reason I ended up performing at all.
“She was the life and soul of everything, and she would have loved every second of this.
“I’m doing it for her.”
Last week, Kellie told HuffPost UK about the support she’s receiving over her ‘Strictly’ appearance from her soap husband, Danny Dyer.
Kellie and Danny behind the bar at the Queen Vic
She said: “He’s one of my best friends, and he’ll be championing me. He’s also quite nervous for me, and I think he feels quite protective of me, like, ‘What if they say nasty things to you in the comments?’
“And I tell him, ‘It’s just like taking direction, they’re only there trying to make you better.’ But he’s just like, ‘Oh I couldn’t cope with that.’”