Martin Offiah MBE, rugby legend
The England rugby legend known as 'Chariots' scored more than 500 tries
in a career that spanned 14 years, winning every medal rugby league has
to offer along the way.
He enjoys dancing and was in a school dance group until the age of 15.
Famed for his speed and cunning side-step on the rugby pitch, Martin's
keen to try and convert this into success on the dance floor.
Lesley Garrett CBE, opera singer
Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, opera singer Lesley is known for
her great charisma and natural stage presence, as well as her amazing
She loves dancing and plans to continue ballroom dancing with her husband
for many years to come.
David Dickinson, presenter
Antique dealer and cult figure, David has no formal dance training but
is always up for a new challenge.
He is famed for his smart clothes and immaculate appearance, which makes
him a perfect candidate for Strictly Come Dancing.
Verona Joseph, actress
Verona plays Nurse Jess Griffin in Holby City. Although she's never learnt
to dance professionally, Verona did do some contemporary dance at drama
Her favourite moves are the 'Beyonce style shake', R'n'B and Hip Hop.
She hopes to excel in the Latin side of the show and can't wait to get
Jason Wood, singing stand-up comedian
Jason is very successfully carving out a niche for himself in the comedy
world with his spectacular singing impersonations and acerbic wit.
He is currently in great demand and headlines wherever he performs.
Natasha Kaplinsky, presenter
Natasha presents Breakfast News on BBC ONE with Dermot Murnaghan.
She certainly doesn't see her future on the dance floor!
Christopher Parker, actor
Christopher plays Spencer Moon in EastEnders, brother of Alfie (Shane
Richie) who runs the Queen Vic pub.
Christopher receives more than 2,000 letters a week from adoring fans
and while he has no formal dance training, he's certainly looking forward
to the challenge.
Claire Sweeney, presenter, actress and performer
Claire played the well loved Lindsay Corkhill in Brookside for six years.
She trained at the Elliot-Clark Drama School in Liverpool and at 18 won
a place at London's famous Italia Conti stage school.
This dramatic background should help Claire's performances on the show.