The EastEnders legend is one of 15 celebrities competing in Strictly this year.
The former EastEnders star is the 11th star revealed for the new series.
Actors Sheila Hancock, Nina Wadia, Lesley Manville and Toby Jones have also been honoured.
'Never say never.'
They don't accept that I've actually left. They say, "Your husband is really missing you. When are you going back?" All that kind of stuff, and I go, "I've left the show." And she's "Yeah, yeah, but when are you really coming back?" People really do invest in this show and love the characters. People also love to hate my character.
'EastEnders' star Nina Wadia, who plays long-suffering housewife Zainab Masood, is leaving the soap after five years. The
EastEnders star Nina Wadia has revealed filming had to be stopped after she broke down in hysterics filming emotional scenes
TV programs hardly ever see women's issues as social problems. Instead these problems are individualised and do not go beyond sharing sensational experiences on the small screen. With its dark Christmas episode and Zainab's moving story I hope that EastEnders will make a difference in the fight against unjustifiable violent acts against women.