AFTER weeks of intensive training Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley is finally experience the glitz and glamour of Strictly Come Dancing.

The Walkden actor took part in a photoshoot alongside her Strictly dance partner Johannes Radebe.

Catherine is pictured striking a pose in a sparkling lilac dress while Johannes is holding her hand in a suit complete with a dark green velvet jacket.

Both Catherine and Johannes are both set to make their Strictly debuts this weekend.

South African dancer Johannes was a professional dancer on South Africa's version of Strictly Come Dancing in 2014 and Dancing with the Stars in 2018.

Last year, the BBC announced that Johannes would join the cast of professional dancers on the British Strictly Come Dancing, although he was not allocated a partner in his first season.

Ahead of the show's launch, Catherine's husband revealed he is fully prepared to become the target of jokes about the so-called 'Strictly curse'.

Fitness trainer Tom Pitfield, who has been married to the 35-year-old since 2016, said his friends already made fun of him for having a wife on TV.

He told Hello! magazine he expected the teasing to get worse once she became a fixture on BBC One every Saturday night.

He said: “My friends have always given me a lot of stick. I am easy pickings for them with a wife on TV so, when the whole Strictly thingcame up, they were rubbing their hands getting ready.”

The so-called Strictly curse has seen celebrity dancers and their professional partners become intimate over the course of the show, despite them being married or in relationships.

Catherine added: “His mates wind him up about everything. They used to wind him up when I got a new boyfriend on Corrie, but Tom just takes it on the chin.”