Portsmouth’s Lauren Steadman impresses on her Strictly Come Dancing debut

LAUREN Steadman made a solid start to her Strictly Come Dancing campaign and is sixth on the leaderboard.

The Paralympic triathlete, who went to the University of Portsmouth and is part of City of Portsmouth Athletics Club and Portsmouth Northsea swimming club, made her entry on Saturday along with the 14 other celebrities taking part.

AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing Picture: BBC

AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman during a dress rehearsal for Strictly Come Dancing Picture: BBC

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She scored 25 points with her partner AJ Pritchard.

Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts and Steps singer Faye Tozer have rocketed to the top of the leaderboard, both scoring 29 out of a possible 40, while What Not To Wear presenter Susannah Constantine languished at the bottom of the rankings with a score of 12.

The public vote begins next week, when Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One at 6.15pm on Saturday.