Kara Tointon
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Kara Tointon crowned Strictly Come Dancing champion

18 December 2010 Last updated at 22:25 GMT

Former EastEnders actress Kara Tointon has been crowned as the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2010.

The 28-year-old from Essex won the competition with dance partner Artem Chigvintsev, beating rival Matt Baker and his partner Aliona Vilani.

After winning, a tearful Tointon said competing in the show was "the most special thing I've ever achieved".