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Brendan's wife Jenny set to join line-up on Strictly

FROM tolerating all of Mrs Brown's Boys' drama to tottering to the foxtrot in high heels - Jenny Gibney has now joined the Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

The wife of comedian Brendan O'Carroll is the latest celebrity to come on board for the latest season of the popular BBC programme which returns to the small screen next month.

The Mrs Brown's Boys star joins another former Xtra Factor host Caroline Flack, singer Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Mark Wright and pop princess Pixie Lott.


Jenny's involvement is expected to be unveiled tonight on The One Show, along with the involvement of Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace and Bargain Hunt's Tim Wonnacott.

The Dublin actress has enjoyed an extremely busy year so far. In addition to filming Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie, she and her award-winning husband and his children have been touring the world with a live version of the RTE/BBC phenomenon.

Jenny and Brendan, who married in 2005, live primarily in Florida, but Finglas native Brendan will no doubt be back this side of the Atlantic while his other half prepares for her dancing debut.

It is the first year Strictly Come Dancing will be staged without veteran anchor Sir Bruce Forsyth.

TV presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are sharing hosting duties and 42-year-old Claudia said she's proud to be championing "Girl Power".

"I know - two women hosting the biggest show on TV! And in our 40s ... Surprise, surprise, we're not past our sell-by date," she said.

Strictly Come Dancingreturns to BBC1 for its 12th series on Sunday September 7 at 8pm.