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Kara Louise Tointon (born 5 August 1983) is a British actress, best known for playing Dawn Swann in BBC soap opera EastEnders. Kara Tointon was the 2010 winner of BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing.
Kara Tointon was born to Ken and Carol in Essex. Together with her actress sister, Hannah (born 1987), Kara was raised in Leigh-on-Sea. Both sisters attended St Michael’s School, Leigh, and St. Hilda’s School, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex. Tointon was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven. She had speech and drama lessons at school.
Kara’s first professional acting experience came when she played the part of Brigitta in The Sound of Music at the Cliffs Pavilion. Her first appearance on television was as an extra in EastEnders in 1994, when she played a school friend of Sonia Fowler. She played the part of student Pauline Young in 2001’s first series of Teachers on Channel 4
Almost a month after her last Dream Team episode aired, it was revealed to the press that she would be joining the BBC soap EastEnders as a new character, Dawn Swann. Kara Tointon auditioned for EastEnders at the same time as Tiana Benjamin, Matt Di Angelo, Kellie Shirley and Charlie Clements all auditioned for their respective roles. Kara left EastEnders, along with co-star Ricky Groves, on 27 August 2009. She has said that she would return to EastEnders.
In August 2009, she was unveiled as the new face of Michelle for George underwear at Asda.
She co-starred with then partner Joe Swash in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Bristol in the 2009/2010 pantomime season.
In July 2010, she recorded a documentary for BBC Three called Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid. The programme examined the impact dyslexia can have on people’s lives and the difference different learning styles can have on people with dyslexia. Tointon revealed that she suffers from dyslexia, and has a reading age of 12. During the programme, Tointon visited Shapwick School in Somerset, which specialises in the education of pupils with dyslexia, and talked with the pupils about their experiences.Tointon was taught various line learning and organisational techniques by Dyslexia Tutor Claire Salter.
In February 2011, Kara took part in the BT Red Nose Desert Trek for Comic Relief 2011.