Natalie Lowe quits Strictly Come Dancing

Australian professional says goodbye after seven years

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Professional Natalie Lowe has quit Strictly Come Dancing after seven years.

The Australian ballroom dance champion announced she was leaving "with a very heavy heart".

In a statement, the 36-year-old said: "I'll be forever grateful for the amazing time, opportunities and memories that Strictly has created for me.

"From the friendships I developed, the amazing dances I was able to perform in and the experiences that Strictly provided, it has been an incredible and extraordinary adventure."

Lowe came second on the seventh series of the BBC talent show in her first year with Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle.

Last year, she ended up in seventh place with Olympian Greg Rutherford.