Strictly Come Dancing
Fleet-of-foot and hunky with it, we are very pleased to welcome into the Strictly family former Olympic athlete and TV presenter Iwan Thomas.
Iwan’s incredible sporting career saw the Farnborough born athlete win plenty of honours, including a silver medal in the 4x400m relay at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, gold in the same event at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, as well as individual golds at the 1998 European Championship and Commonwealth Games. He is still the British 400m record holder, with a time of 44.36 seconds.
A natural athlete from an early age, Iwan was not only good at track and field, he also excelled at rugby union, and had trials for England schoolboys.
His other passion during his school days was BMX racing, and he managed to become the fourth best rider in...
Sport-mad Kirsty joins the Strictly squad on deadline day.
Having enjoyed a long career at Sky Sports News – where she currently anchors their popular afternoon slot – Kirsty is a well-known face on sports television. Landing her first presenting break on Sky Sport News in 1998, she soon made sport her niche and moved on to appear on programmes such as 90 Minutes, Soccer Extra, 5 Live’s Kirsty and Phil and Soccer AM.
Kirsty has presented a variety of other programmes, including morning show RI:SE, Kirsty’s Home Videos, Simply the Best, Only Fools on Horses and Gladiators. As well as being a sports presenter, she also won the third series of Channel 4’s winter sports series The Games.
While Kirsty’s sports knowledge may be well above par, she admits to never having danced before but...
The Strictly stork is here to deliver you another new celebrity to our 2015 line-up! Presenting actress Helen George, also known as nurse Trixie Franklin in the brilliant BBC One drama Call The Midwife.
Despite having performed in front of thousands, Helen admits to being “slightly terrified” at the prospect of setting foot in the Strictly Ballroom. The actual dancing might be a concern, but Helen freely admits to finding some of the elements to the show more alluring: “I can’t wait to get my tan and sequins on.”
To immerse herself in the role in Call The Midwife, Helen was trained in 1950’s medical procedures including delivering babies (obviously), and during her first season of the show she even practiced at home with her husband, actor Oliver Boot, taking the role of a pregnant woman, and her Yorkshire Terrier being the ‘baby’ –something we wish we could have witnessed!
Helen learned her trade at the Birmingham School of Acting, before continuing her training in musical theatre...
This autumn It Takes Two is back with more exclusive access and backstage gossip from the Strictly stars and studios than ever before. Dazzling host Zoe Ball will be returning to host the daily half-hour shows, and this year you’re going to be treated to a longer hour-long show every Friday too!
Filmed in front of a live audience, the Friday show will have even more live action, punditry and sparkle. Each week, a familiar Strictly face will report live from Elstree studios with exclusive backstage access to rehearsals ahead of the weekend’s main show. They’ll catch up with the celebrities,...
Superstar songstress and presenter Jamelia is the twelfth celebrity to shimmy her way into the shiny new Strictly line-up!
Currently known as a panellist on ITV’s Loose Women, Jamelia is also an R&B artist and model. During her 15-year-long career, she has notched up seven UK top ten singles, including Money, Thank You and Superstar. After being signed straight out of school to a major record...
Countryfile presenter Anita Rani is the latest addition to the Strictly line up.
Anita Rani joins Strictly 2015
TV and radio presenter Anita Rani is best known for presenting Countryfile and The One Show.
Anita came to broadcasting early and had her own radio show in her home town of Bradford at the age of 14. “I just turned up at the local radio station and said, 'Can I have a go?' And before you know it I was on there,...
You WANTED another Strictly celebrity and here he is. James ‘Jay’ McGuiness, one fifth of mega-successful boyband The Wanted, is the tenth celebrity to join our star-spangled line up.
Known as the prankster of the band, Jay joined the group when he was just 19 following a countrywide search by pop impresario Jayne Collins. He joined up with his fellow bandmates Nathan Sykes, Tom...
Best known for winning a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics, middleweight boxer Anthony remains undefeated in his professional career.
26-year-old Anthony was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk and was sporty from an early age. Whilst still at school he was invited for a trial with Norwich City Football Club but boxing was his first love. After taking up boxing aged 12, Anthony’s career has gone...
From his native Donegal to the Strictly dance floor, Daniel O’Donnell joins Strictly.
Known for his dedicated fan base and international following, Irish folk and country singer Daniel O’Donnell has sold over 10 million albums worldwide.
He first rose to public attention in 1983 and has since become a household name in Ireland and Britain alongside considerable success in the US and...
Not so mysterious any more! Ladies and gentlemen, behold the latest celebrity to be added to the shiny new line-up: Mr Peter Andre.
Best known for his successful chart-topping singles 'Mysterious Girl' and 'Flava', Peter took the world by storm in the 1990’s becoming the sixth highest selling artist in the world. He returned to the public eye after appearing as a contestant on the third series...