Strictly star Ellie Leach lands first big job since winning BBC show

Ellie Leach is set appear in Cluedo 2 credit:Bang Showbiz
Ellie Leach is set appear in Cluedo 2 credit:Bang Showbiz

Ellie Leach is set appear in 'Cluedo 2'.

The 22-year-old actress, who won the 2023 series of 'Strictly Come Dancing' with partner Vito Coppola, is due to make her stage debut in the UK tour dramatization of the classic mystery board game, and star alongside 'Casualty' actor Jason Durr, who will play Colonel Mustard.

She said: "After an incredible year, I'm so excited to join the cast of 'Cluedo 2'.

"I am delighted to make my stage acting debut as Miss Scarlett and I can't wait to work with Jason and the talented cast."

Ellie - who left her role as Faye Windass last year after more than a decade on the show - will take over the role from former 'Coronation Street' co-star Helen Flanagan, who had withdrawn due to "medical reasons".

Jason had also expressed his excitement to star in the stage show.

He said: "I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of 'Cluedo 2' as Colonel Mustard.

"I was a huge fan of the 'Cluedo' board game as a child and the Colonel is such a great character. I am looking forward to bringing laughter and this ultimate whodunnit to audiences across the UK in its 75th anniversary year.”

The play is set in the '60s and is written by BAFTA award-winning writers Maurice Gran and Laurence Mark.

'Cluedo 2's tour is due to include York, Brighton, Bath, Nottingham, Cardiff and Glasgow, and will start at London's Richmond Theatre on 29 February, with it ending in Birmingham on July 27.

Currently, Ellie is performing across the country with her 'Strictly Come Dancing' co-stars as a part of the show's live tour.

Previously, the former soap star had been spotted getting close to Bobby Brazier, sparking romance rumours.

An insider reportedly told The Sun: "Their friendship has grown and grown, and they’ve been spending nearly all their free time together before and after performances. They’ve been having their meals together, and flirting increasingly openly.

"The chat on tour is they may have enjoyed a cheeky snog, and will go public with their romance any week now."