Coronation Street star Alexandra Mardell is the latest celebrity contestant to be announced for Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special.

The 29-year-old actress will be partnered with professional dancer Kai Widdrington when she takes to the dancefloor in the festive version of the BBC One show.

Mardell, who is best known for playing Emma Brooker in the popular soap, said her appearance on the show is the "best Christmas present" she can give her mother.

Corrie star Alexandra Mardell is set to join Strictly's Christmas outing

After the news was announced on BBC Radio 5 Live! on Thursday, Mardell said: "I’ve grown up with Strictly Come Dancing, and my mum always said she’d love to see me on the show so this really is the best Christmas present I could give her.

"I can’t wait to get into the training room and see what festive moves I can bring to the table!"

The actress has also featured in the crime drama series Vera, where she played the role of Kelly Horton, and she will also play the lead in forthcoming ITV series The Family Pile.

Mardell is the third celebrity to be announced as part of the line-up after DJ and presenter Rickie Haywood-Williams and podcaster Rosie Ramsey were revealed on Wednesday.

The show will see six couples perform festive-inspired routines in a bid to be crowned Christmas champion 2022.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas will also return for the special episode.

The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Source: Press Association