Tointon left East Enders, along with co-star Ricky Groves, on 27 August 2009.
She co-starred with then partner Joe Swash in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Bristol in the 2009/2010 pantomime season.
Tointon revealed that she suffers from dyslexia, and has a reading age of 12.
In 2008, Tointon won the Sport Relief special edition of Strictly Come Dancing with Mark Ramprakash.
Her Samba was enough to get her the Glitterball Trophy.
Kara Louise Tointon (born 5 August 1983) is an English actress, best known for playing Dawn Swann in BBC soap opera East Enders and as the 2010 winner of BBC television series Strictly Come Dancing and also as Maria in the ITV live production of The Sound Of Music Live!
in December 2015 alongside Julian Ovenden as Captain von Trapp. For about one year when she was a teenager, she dated James Bourne of the bands Busted, Son of Dork, and Mc Busted.
Tointon'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 East Enders 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.
She also starred in BBC's "Curriculum Bites" as a presenter in 2002.