Strictly star suffers wardrobe malfunction on first night

Chizzy Akudolu gave a confident performance – and then left viewers in tears with heartfelt speech

Chizzy Akudolo gave a confident performance on Strictly Come Dancing last night – despite getting her dress caught under her shoe.

The actress and her Russian dance partner Pasha Kovalev recovered from the mishap and carried on with their cha cha to Boogie Fever by The Sylvers.

She even managed to laugh off the incident. “At least it wasn’t a boob!” she whispered to Pasha afterwards.

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She and Pasha got 21 points out of 40 from the judges and they were pleased with how the dance went.

“Very well done,” Pasha told her afterwards.

“That. Was. Awesome!!!!” Chizzy wrote on Instagram. “Thanks for all your support and to @pashakovalev for the awesome choreography #Strictly #Pashizzy.”

There was a poignant moment during the show too, when Chizzy sent a message to her former Holby City co-star John Michie, whose daughter Louella, 25, recently died at Bestival.

While chatting to Claudia Winkleman, she said: “Can I just say a real quick, big love to John Michie and all his family. From all the Holby family, we’re thinking of you.”

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Chizzy, 43, left Holby City earlier this year after five years of playing surgeon Mo Effanga.

“I felt it was time to spread my wings a bit,” she told Whats On TV, admitting that she cried when filming her final scenes.

“Mo’s awesome. I loved playing her and she’s been such a large part of my life that it felt like a divorce giving her up.”

She was put forward for another reality TV show before signing up for Strictly.

“I actually went up for a meeting for The Island with Bear Grylls and I thought, ‘This is so not me,'” she said.

She hasn’t ruled out a return to Holby City in the future.

Chizzy took part in Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief earlier this year where she came second.