Maisie Smith is already the favourite to win Strictly Come Dancing, but has she danced before? Here’s what we know.
Strictly Come Dancing 2020 is well underway, and the contestants have all completed their first week of dances. Jaimie Laing took on the Cha Cha, Max George impressed viewers with his Tango and HRVY is certainly one to watch.
However, there’s one contestant that seems bounds ahead of the rest already, and that’s Eastenders star Maisie Smith. So where did she get all that talent? Has the actress danced before?
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Who is Maisie Smith?
Maisie Smith is an English actress and singer most known for playing the role of Tiffany Butcher in Eastenders. She also appeared in feature film The Other Boleyn Girl in 2008.
The 19-year-old from Essex took a brief break from the show from 2014 to 2018, but has now returned as the character.
In May 2009, she won Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor at The British Soap Awards for her role in Eastenders.
Maisie is also big on Instagram, with a huge 802,000 followers, a number that has grown substantially since she was announced as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
Has Maisie Smith danced before?
After Maisie impressed both judges and viewers with her Samba in week one of Strictly Come Dancing, many people have been wondering whether the teen has danced before. Where did she learn all those skills?
Maisie is professionally trained in singing and acting, and she attended the Sandra Singer Stage School in Leigh-On-Sea for 18 months and South Essex College where she studied musical theatre.
During her time at both of these school’s, she would have learnt how to dance professionally, giving her an edge on some of the other Strictly contestants.
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Maisie also dances on TikTok
During lockdown, Maisie started a TikTok profile that has accumulated 1.8 million followers.
On TikTok, Maisie often completes popular trending dances, and you can definitely tell she’s a professionally trained dancer.
Her mum Julia often makes an appearance too, and dancing definitely runs in the family.