Catherine Tyldesley enjoys a break from Strictly rehearsals as she steps out ...

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She has been training day and night with dance partner Johannes Radebe ahead of the first live Strictly Come Dancing show.

And Catherine Tyldesley enjoyed a break from her hectic dance schedule as she rang in her 36th birthday with a celebratory meal at Nando's on Tuesday, four days before her ballroom debut.

The former Corrie star looked relaxed and happy as she stepped out hand-in-hand with BFF Peter Eccleston in Manchester.

Anticipation: Catherine Tyldesley enjoyed a break from her hectic dance schedule as she rang in her 36th birthday with a celebratory meal at Nando's on Tuesday, four days before her ballroom debut

Anticipation: Catherine Tyldesley enjoyed a break from her hectic dance schedule as she rang in her 36th birthday with a celebratory meal at Nando's on Tuesday, four days before her ballroom debut

Coming straight from rehearsals, the star looked lithe in a black sports jacket paired with matching leggings which revealed her toned legs.

The actress added a splash of colour with pastel pink trainers and accessorised with a Gucci handbag.

Her brunette locks were styled in a sleek half updo while the star accentuated her pretty features with a radiant palette of make-up. 

Showing no signs of nerves, the mother-of-one cracked a relaxed smile as her companion carried their chicken feast in a takeaway bag.     

Take a break: The former Corrie star looked relaxed and happy as she stepped out hand-in-hand with BFF Peter Eccleston

Take a break: The former Corrie star looked relaxed and happy as she stepped out hand-in-hand with BFF Peter Eccleston

The sighting comes after Catherine reminisced about her own dance as she compared the nerves she felt then to her anticipation at hitting the Strictly dance floor.

Catherine opened up on her first dance with husband Tom Pitfield as Mr and Mrs, insisting their marriage is stronger than ever amid the infamous Strictly curse.  

Speaking in a interview with Hello! magazine, the actress told how she and personal trainer Tom, whom she wed three years ago, didn't have a choreographed routine when they took to the floor on their big day.

She explained: 'There were no nerves back then, it was nothing like I'm feeling now. We hadn't choreographed anything and it was more Tom and I just shuffling along in a prolonged hug rather than a full-on dance routine.'   

Nearly showtime: Catherine has been limbering up on the dancefloor ahead of her Strictly debut with partner Johannes Radebe

Nearly showtime: Catherine has been limbering up on the dancefloor ahead of her Strictly debut with partner Johannes Radebe

Rehearsal ready: England football sensation Alex Scott looked casually cool as she headed to rehearsals with dance partner Neil Jones

Smile: Alex showed no sign of nerves as she headed to rehearsals

Rehearsal ready: England football sensation Alex Scott looked casually cool as she headed to rehearsals with dance partner Neil Jones

Catherine's nerves about her first official dance comes as it was revealed that she and Johannes will be doing the Viennese Waltz. 

Speaking in the joint interview with Hello!, Catherine and Tom admitted he has grown close to Johannes, with the actress revealing 'He hit it off with Johannes straight away.'  

Tom added that he has no worries about the so-called Strictly curse, which has seen multiple relationships crumble during celebs' time on the show.

He said: 'My friends have always given me a lot of stick. I am easy pickings for them with a wife on TV so, when the whole Strictly thing came up, they were rubbing their hands getting ready.'

Wave: Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova, who is partnered with David James, wrapped up as she headed to rehearsals

Wave: Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova, who is partnered with David James, wrapped up as she headed to rehearsals 

Catherine added: 'His mates wind him up about everything. They used to wind him up when I got a new boyfriend on Corrie, but Tom just takes it on the chin. '   

With this being Johannes' first year with a celebrity partner on the show, Catherine added that she hopes to make her partner 'proud' by doing 'well' in the competition. 

However, it seems as though the soap siren's big plan hadn't quite gone to plan as it was reported earlier this week that she had almost 'vomited' over Johannes during rehearsals.

Taking to Instagram to talk with fans on Tuesday, the actress said: 'So, day two, Johannes, do we want to talk about what’s happened?' 

Coffee run: Neil Jones brought his adorable dog to rehearsals as he clutched two coffees

Coffee run: Neil Jones brought his adorable dog to rehearsals as he clutched two coffees

Her partner joked: 'Look its day two, what more could you ask for, babe I don’t expect much its day two.'

Catherine then admitted, 'It's day two, I wasn’t sick, I didn’t vomit on you, yet, I wretched.'

Telling her fans not to panic, she promised that 'tomorrow will be a better day', which it was, as she told fans on Wednesday that she had 'so many breakthrough moments.'

Having already watched their routine '79 times', Catherine still found it difficult to remember the steps, and commended Johannes on his skills as a dancer.  

But, she was overjoyed that her hard work had paid off and gushed: 'I've got a way to go, but loads of breakthrough moments, and when you get it right your soul is just... you’re just flying, it is the best feeling!'

'I'm nothing amazing, in fact I'm nothing great, I'm nothing good, but it lights me up. I'm so happy right now, and the big part of that is Johannes, he’s whip ass.

'Never met a guy like him, he’s awesome, we are just having the best time and he’s the most incredible teacher, and dancer. She can't wait til tomorrow, I'm not going to sleep, high as a kite.'

Strictly Come Dancing kicked off its 2019 series with a launch show last week, where viewers saw the celebs being paired with their professional partners.

The first live show doesn't hit screens until September 21, leaving the pairings time to practice.

Hunk: David James looked in great spirits as he strolled to rehearsals with Nadiya

Hunk: David James looked in great spirits as he strolled to rehearsals with Nadiya

Hunk: David James looked in great spirits as he strolled to rehearsals with Nadiya

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2019: WHO ARE THE STARS?

Doing the funny fandango: Chris is known for his career in comedy

Doing the funny fandango: Chris is known for his career in comedy

Name: Chris Ramsey

Age: 32

Famous for? Comedian and TV presenter

About Chris: With two series of The Chris Ramsey Show under his belt, he is also a regular face on other entertainment shows such as Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Live at the Comedy Store. He has also appeared on TV hosting Stand Up Central, and I’m a Celebrity: Extra Camp. In addition to his television work, Chris has also completed sell-out tours across the UK. Chris finished touring the UK last year with his 106 date stand-up tour Chris Ramsay Live 2018: The Just Happy To Get Out of the House Tour.

Chris says: 'I’m both excited and absolutely terrified to be doing the show. You will not find me on the dance floor at parties, you will find me at the buffet table. All night. At my I danced with my wife; that one song took about 6 months practice, and I definitely stood on her feet a couple of times. So I’m looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself in front of millions of people… there better be a buffet after the live shows!'

Waltzing from Walford: Emma plays Honey Mitchell on EastEnders

Waltzing from Walford: Emma plays Honey Mitchell on EastEnders

Name: Emma Barton

Age: 42

Famous for? Playing Honey Mitchell in EastEnders from 2005 to 2008, then returning to the roll from 2014 to present.

About Emma: As well as many on screen roles, Emma is also an accomplished stage actress with theatre credits including: Roxie Hart in Chicago; Dolly in the National Theatre’s production of One Man Two Guvnors; Vera in Doctor in the House; Lily in Annie; Marty in Grease; Eileen in Over the Moon. She recently ran the London Marathon as one of Dame Barbara Windsor’s ‘Revolutionaries’, in aid of Dementia Revolution.

Emma says: 'As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can’t believe this is happening. I’m very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I've been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business. So, I’m whipping off Honey's Minute Mart tabard & diving right in to all the glitter & sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor - I just can’t wait!'

From the Rovers Return to the rumba: Former Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley

From the Rovers Return to the rumba: Former Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley 

Name: Catherine Tyldesley

Age: 35

Famous for? Starring as Eva Price on Coronation Street from 2011-2018.

About Catherine: Hailing from from Walkden, Greater Manchester, the stage and screen star's acting credits include Holby City, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Sorted, Shameless and Trollied. She is best known for playing barmaid Eva Price on Corrie from 2011 until she left the role last summer to pursue different roles and spend more time with her young family. Catherine lives in Manchester with her personal trainer husband Tom Pitford and their son Alfie, four. Alongside acting, Catherine is a talented singer, releasing an album in 2016. 

Catherine says: 'I’m thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right! I’m nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes... mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!' 

Breakfast to ballroom: BBC sports and morning presenter Mike Bushell

Breakfast to ballroom: BBC sports and morning presenter Mike Bushell

Name: Mike Bushell

Age: 53

Famous for? Presenting the sports coverage on BBC Breakfast.

About Mike: The sports presenter has been working for the BBC for nearly 30 years, after first starting out as a trainee reporter on BBC Radio Solent. He moved to BBC Breakfast after working for the 24-hour News channel. He also made headlines after a hilarious gaffe saw him tumble into a swimming pool during a live segment for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Mike also holds the world record for crossing one mile of water in a large inflatable ball in 1 hour 57 seconds. He married second wife Emily in May 2019, and has three daughters from his first marriage.

Mike says: 'I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve heard so many wonderful things from colleagues over the years so thrilled I’m now getting the chance. I know I will completely throw myself into the whole experience and I’m sure will love it from start to finish. I may have tried and profiled over 500 sports over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot but think the Strictly challenge could be the greatest. Bring on the glitter!' 

From CBBC to cha cha cha: CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual

From CBBC to cha cha cha: CBBC presenter Karim Zeroual  

Name: Karim Zeroual 

Age: 25 

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Famous for? Presenting CBBC and starring in The Sparticle Mystery.  

About Karim: Karim is best known for his presenting duties on CBBC after joining the children's television brand in 2014, he has also hosted BBC Young Dancer and Wimbledon Live. The talented 25-year-old

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