Is Emma Barton leaving EastEnders, how much is she paid for Strictly 2019 and is she married?

EMMA Barton is strutting her stuff with dance partner Anton Du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing 2019.

The actress – best known for playing Honey Mitchell in EastEnders – swapped Albert Square for the dancefloor. But what else do we know about her?

What has Emma Barton said about Strictly Come Dancing?

During an interview on The One Show, Emma said: "I’m the biggest fan, it is sort of weird cos now I’m not going to be able to sit at home and watch it."

When asked what it was like getting the call to be on the show, she added: "I was over the moon. You have a lot of rehearsals and I haven’t done theatre in a lot of years so I’m gonna wing it."

How much is Emma Barton being paid to join Strictly Come Dancing?

Emma’s pay cheque for signing up to Strictly Come Dancing is said to be between £25,000 and £40,000.

The Sun previously reported each celebrity is given a standard £25,000 payment for joining, which rises to £40,000 if they manage to stay until the end of October.

What’s more, her fee could jump to £60,000 if she makes it to the quarter-finals and £100,000 if she wins the entire show.

Who is Emma Barton's Strictly Come Dancing partner?

Given Anton Du Beke’s track record with soap stars he was the obvious choice for Emma.

He was previously paired with former EastEnders actress’ Patsy Palmer and Gillian Taylforth, in the third and sixth series.

We hit the nail on the head with our prediction as he and the soap star were partnered up.

Anton has also worked with a string of TV stars, including Laila Rouass and Lesley Joseph.

What is Emma Barton's background?

Emma Barton, 42, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, on July 26, 1977.

She first took on the role of EastEnders' Honey Mitchell (as a love interest for Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick) back in 2005, and stayed in the show until 2008.

She came back in 2014 on a temporary basis, but returned to the Square full time in late 2015.

Away from work, Emma – who is believed to be single – relaxes by cooking and has previously appeared on Celebrity MasterChef.

“I absolutely loved it, but it was so frightening,” she recalled.

“I was the third out – I didn’t do well at all. I think it was the panic. Now I stick to roast dinners and pasta dishes.”

Is Emma Barton married?

The Strictly Come Dancing contestant was previously married to lawyer Nigel Stoat.

She and Nigel tied the knot in 2002 but they split three year later in 2005.

Her current relationship status is unknown, although she is not thought to be seeing anyone at the moment.

Emma previously dated Stephen Mulhern after they met while working on a Snow White pantomime together.

However, the two parted ways in 2011, with the Britain's Got More Talent host revealing the romance had come to a "natural end".

What else has Emma Barton been in?

Emma made her TV debut in 2003 as an MI5 officer in Spooks.

She also appeared on stage in plays including Grease, Loveshack and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

The actress took on the role of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne and in late 2009 she toured with the musical Chicago, taking the lead role of Roxie Hart.

In 2014, Barton played Dolly in the National Theatre's touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors.

During the 2016-17 Christmas panto season, she played the role of Tinkerbell in the Crawley Hawth Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan.

Emma has previously insisted that she's nothing like her EastEnders character Honey.

She has said: "I’d like to think I’m not like Honey!” she laughs. “Although when I’m nervous, Honey can appear slightly. I get a bit stuttery and can’t think of the correct words to say.

"I think they saw that in me when I first auditioned 10 years ago!”

 

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