Former Corrie star Brian Capron has become the first person to be given his marching orders from the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Capron – who played serial killer Richard Hillman on the soap – was booted off the show on Sunday evening after a combination of judges’ scores and votes from the public saw him and his dance partner Karen Hardy in the bottom two, along with rugby player Kenny Logan and dancer Ola Jordan.

After the pair both reprised their dances from Saturday night’s show, they faced the final vote from the judges – with only Craig Revel Horwood voting in favour of Brian and Karen, and Bruno, Arlene and Len Goodman all opting for Kenny and Ola.

Bruno said he voted for them because “they brought some romance, some sentiment and a bit of a smile to the waltz”, while Arlene reminded the couples that last year’s series featured “a hopeless rugby player who ended in the final” – referring to the 2006 runner-up Matt Dawson.

Capron – recovering from a bout of the flu – said it had been “fantastic” to take part in the show.

“I feel sad that I’ve let Karen down but it’s been fabulous, I’ve enjoyed it so much,” he told Bruce Forsyth.

“I couldn’t have danced with anyone better,” Hardy said of Capron, “I’ve loved every second.”

“I used to sit at home and watch him as a teacher on Grange Hill. I never thought that one day I would end up as his teacher.”