Strictly Come Dancing is all over for another year as eager fans saw Corrie favourite Ellie Leach lift the vaunted glitterball trophy.

And the Strictly grand final 2023 saw the entire cast of this year’s celebrities return for the last show of the series – all except for one.

That’s right, Amanda Abbington was missing from the cast of the final despite others who left the competition like Nikita Kanda, Annabel Croft, Angela Rippon and Angela Scanlon returning to the ballroom to show their support for the three finalists.

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The cast all danced together, including Les Dennis and the two Angelas, but Amanda Abbington was missing.

Sherlock star Amanda Abbington had been partnered with Italian stallion Giovanni Pernice for 2023 and the pair made it fairly far into the competition, picking up several high scores in the early weeks.

The pair clearly had good public support as they made it through to the following week several times based purely off the votes from viewers.

But there was a loud and vocal minority right from the moment Amanda Abbington was announced in the lineup which had threatened to boycott the show due to her involvement, citing some comments she made years ago for which she later apologised.

Unfortunately Amanda made the tough decision to quit the series and said ‘be kind’ in her message when pulling out.

But Amanda did not appear on the final show tonight and in fact, wasn’t even mentioned or pictured anywhere in the series overview that was shown before the announcement of Ellie as the winner.

@RC01987 said: LOVE Strictly pretending Amanda Addinton didn’t exist #StrictlyFinal #strictlycomedancing

@backup920 said; “i see amanda abbington didn’t make an appearance”

@theatrebirdy said; “No Amanda then??? #StrictlyComeDancing”

One viewer spotted a ‘four second clip’ of Amanda which seemed to be the sum total of her screen time on Saturday night’s final:

@humangaymale said; “Not watched #StrictlyComeDancing for years but #StrictlyFinal is on where I am tonight. Was about to ask if they had completely erased Amanda Abbingdon having ever been part of it. But then there was a whole 4 second clip before quickly moving on. No such thing as cancelled?

Others, though, were sad not to see Amanda involved.

@upsighedd said: “So sad Amanda Abbington had such a short run on strictly. Still think she’d have made it to the final”

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