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Beccles man proud of Eastenders actor daughter after performance in Strictly final

Alan Bright, who works in the workshop at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. Picture: Julie Durrant

Alan Bright, who works in the workshop at Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft. Picture: Julie Durrant

Julie Durrant

After finishing runner up in the Strictly Come Dance final, actress Kellie Bright certainly has a lot to be proud of.

Kellie’s career

Kellie Bright is best known for playing Linda Carter, the landlady of the Queen Victoria pub in Eastenders, and she shone throughout the hit BBC One dancing competition.

The 39-year-old practised her dance routines each day until midnight after finishing filming for the soap.

Her proud father Alan Bright has worked at the Ormiston Denes Academy for seven years, and now works two days a week in the wood workshop.

He said: “On the lead up to the final everyone at The Denes, students and staff alike, were wishing Kellie luck which was duly passed on. On the night of the final and the next day I received several texts saying how much they enjoyed the dances and how well she and Kevin did.”

But no-one is prouder than her father, Alan Bright, who lives in Beccles.

Best known for playing Linda Carter, the landlady of the Queen Victoria pub in Eastenders, the 39-year-old, practised her dance routines each day until midnight after finishing filming for the soap.

Although she and her professional dance partner Kevin Clifton only dropped one point in the final, it wasn’t enough to usurp the winning pair Jay McGuinness and his partner Aliona Vilani.

Mr Bright said: “Kellie’s performance was truly inspiring. I was particularly impressed by the fact her and Kevin did not play it safe with the show dance and came up with a very difficult and fast routine based on the Lindy Hop.

“Her almost totally perfect scores over the three dances of 119 out of a possible 120 is about as close to perfection that has ever been demonstrated on Strictly.

“As Kellie and Kevin both said afterwards their aim throughout was to entertain and I think it could be said they succeeded.”

Mr Bright, has worked at the Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft for seven years, and now works two days a week in the wood workshop.

He said: “On the lead up to the final everyone at The Denes, students and staff alike, were wishing Kellie luck which was duly passed on. On the night of the final and next day I received several texts saying how much they enjoyed the dances and how well she and Kevin did.”

Despite his daughter’s success, and having watched every series of the show, ever the Strictly-fan Mr Bright says he has no intention of putting on his dancing shoes.

“I am no dancer having two left feet and zero scene of rhythm. I did try dancing lessons with my wife once but even she said I was hopeless.”

Do you have a story about dancing? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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