Amanda Abbington has left the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing competition, it has been announced.
The 49-year-old actor pulled out of the live show on Saturday night “due to medical reasons”, however it was announced she could “return the following week” alongside her professional partner Giovanni Pernice according to protocols of the show.
On Monday, presenter and singer Fleur East confirmed the Sherlock star had exited the show while presenting Strictly spin off series It Takes Two on BBC Two.
East, 35, read aloud a statement from a Strictly spokesperson which read: “Amanda Abbington is unable to continue in Strictly Come Dancing and has decided to withdraw from the competition.
“The show wishes her all the best for the future.”
In her last appearance on the show, Abbington scored 31 for a quick-footed foxtrot to Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac with judge Motsi Mabuse saying she enjoyed that they took the time to show the “beauty of the movement”.
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