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Last Updated: Sunday December 12 2004 10:09 GMT

EastEnder Jill wins dancing show

Jill is the winner of Strictly Come Dancing
Jill Halfpenny will be dancing round Albert Square in future after winning Strictly Come Dancing.

The EastEnders actress delighted both the judges and the fans who voted for her ahead of athlete Denise Lewis and comedian Julian Clary in the final.

Jill was tipped to win the show before Saturday night and took loads of the seven million votes cast.

After being announced as the winner Jill said: "It's amazing, amazing. Thank you so much."

She took the title with dance partner Darren Bennet
She took the title with dance partner Darren Bennet
She also praised her dance partner on the show, Darren Bennet, who helped her to victory.

"I just want to say that you have been a brilliant teacher.

"I have so enjoyed this experience and that's got a lot to do with you. Thank you so much."

Ten celebs started on the second series of the show, which has raised 860,000 for the BBC charity Children in Need.

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