TV presenter Alison Hammond – set to star as the genie in Aladdin at the Cresset this Christmas – has been confirmed as the third celebrity taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Alison announced the news on ITV’s This Morning earlier today ( Tuesday August 19).

Alison made her name as a contestant on the third series of Big Brother back in 2002. Before that she was a child actress, holiday rep and cinema usherette.

With a larger than life personality Alison is now best known as This Morning’s showbiz reporter and has interviewed the world’s biggest stars including Hugh Jackman, Will Smith, George Clooney and Daniel Craig.

Alison says: “I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly team. I am ready to immerse myself in glitter and hard work, with a dash of fun along the way!”

Birmingham-born Alison has also appeared on a number of other high profile television shows during her career including All Star Family Fortunes, Celebrity Coach Trip and the 2010 series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Alison is no stranger to pantomime, and has appeared most recently in Jack & The Beanstalk at The Deco Theatre in Northampton, and in Beauty & The Beast at London’s Shaw Theatre.

On her forthcoming appearance at The Cresset from December 12 she said: “I am thrilled to playing the Genie in Aladdin this year and performing in Peterborough. I am really looking forward to the lamp being rubbed so that I can come out and make everyone’s wishes come true.”

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