Meet the contestants for Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2011

NOEL FIELDING

Noel Fielding is an English artist, comedian and actor. He is best known for his role as Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh.

Noel began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 90s. He came to prominence in 1998 when he and his writing partner Julian Barratt won the much coveted Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Festival.

The duo then went on to create the cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh. Developed from three stage shows and a radio series, it has since spawned a total of twenty television episodes, two live tours of the UK, as well as two live shows in the United States.

Outside his work on The Mighty Boosh, Noel has also had cameos in a variety of comedy programmes including The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera, BBC3's How Not To Live Your Life and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. In 2007 Noel appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks as a panelist and is now a permanent team captain.

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TOYAH WILLCOX

Toyah Willcox is a British pop icon as well as a much-loved actress and TV personality.

In a career spanning thirty years she has notched up thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books and appeared in over forty stage plays. She has also starred in feature films and hosted programmes such as Watchdog and Songs of Praise.

This year she will be touring the country performing a collection of her greatest hits.

...CLARE GROGAN

Clare Grogan was the front woman of Scottish band Altered Images in the 1980s and had a string of hits including Love To Stay and Happy Birthday, which reached number two in the UK charts.

She first found success in 1981 when she played the part of Susan in Gregory's Girl. After her chart success she returned to acting and appeared in many television series during the 90s including Red Dwarf and EastEnders, where she played Ian Beale's love interest.

She is married to former Altered Images bandmate Steve Lironi. Altered Images reformed a few years ago for the Here & Now tour and Clare still tours with the band. In February 2011 she had a guest role in the E4 drama Skins.

...LIMAHL

Limahl's real name is Chris Hamill, and Limahl is an anagram of his surname.

He was front man of the band Kajagoogoo, who had a number one hit around the world with their debut single Too Shy in 1983. They had further hits with Hang On Now and Ooh To Be Ah.

He subsequently embarked on a solo career and had a hit with Only for Love which reached number 16 in the UK chart. In 1984 he released The Never Ending Story which reached number four in the UK charts and number one in over seventeen countries.

In 2005 he took part in Hit Me Baby One More Time, a show which took former pop stars and gave them the chance to perform live with the opportunity of winning a recording contract.

His first solo album Don't Suppose was originally released on Vinyl in 1984 and has this year been released in conjunction with EMI Records.

and CHESNEY HAWKES

Chesney is a singer and songwriter who shot to fame in 1991 at the age of 19 with his first single The One and Only, which was number one in the UK chart for five weeks.

He went on to release six other singles and several albums, including his most recent EP in 2009 entitled Me, My Mouse and I, with all proceeds going to Amnesty International.

He has presented two shows for VH1/MTV and also took part in Channel 4's The Games alongside Kirsty Gallacher, where he was awarded a bronze medal. In 2008 he toured the country with Can't Smile Without You, a musical based on the songs of Barry Manilow.

He regularly performs his material in venues around the country and most recently starred in the pantomime Aladdin in Northampton alongside Melissa Walton from Hollyoaks.

ADE EDMONDSON

Ade Edmondson is an actor comedian, director, writer and musician.

His writing partner for a significant part of his career was Rik Mayall. They started performing live comedy and went on to found their own troupe and venue, The Comic Strip Club, which soon gained a reputation as one of the most popular comedy clubs in London. The core members were Ade, Rick, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, who Ade subsequently married. The club proved to be such a success that Channel 4 commissioned a television series called The Comic Strip Presents´┐Ż which ran for several series before moving to the BBC.

Ade went on to play punk Vyvyan in The Young Ones and later he and Mayall capitalised on their brand of anarchic violent comedy in Bottom with their characters Eddie and Richie, who were crude and deranged housemates on the dole.

He also directed numerous music videos in the 80s for bands such as The Pogues, Squeeze and Elvis Costello. He has played the Monsters of Rock and Reading Festivals with his own band Bad News, The Hootenanny with Jools Holland and Hyde Park with The Who. He often tours with his current band, The Bad Shepherds, performing punk and new wave classics on soul instruments.

KATIE PRICE

Television personality and former glamour model Katie Price shot to fame aged 18 when she was photographed for The Sun under the guise of her alter-ego 'Jordan'. In January 2004, she appeared in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Katie returned to the show five years later and endured a mammoth week of Bush Tucker Trials as the public voted to see her face her fears every night. She is now a highly successful businesswoman and award-winning author, with a portfolio of five adult fiction novels, four autobiographies and two series' of children's books. Katie has also branched out into fashion and designed her own range of equestrian wear.

RUSSELL KANE

Russell Kane is a comedian and writer who is fast becoming one of the country's most popular comics. In 2004, he won the Laughing Horse New Act of The Year, and since then his career has flourished. He has won many prestigious comedy awards, including, in August 2010, the Edinburgh Comedy Award (previously the Perrier Award) for his show Smokescreens and Castles. In June 2007, Russell became a household name presenting Big Brother's Big Mouth. Last year he presented his second series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now!, as well as Freak Like Me, for BBC Three. He also appeared on many panel shows, wrote a play called The Great British Country Fete for the Bush Theatre, and completed a nine week national tour of Australia.

CHARLIE BAKER

Charlie graduated from LAMDA in 1997 and was a TV warm-up artist in his early comedy career for shows such as Would I Lie to You? Mock The Week, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross and Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

In 2009 his debut Edinburgh Show The World's Greatest Show Off was awarded the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe award.

Charlie now performs at the world's best comedy venues and is a regular guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Richard Bacon's Beer and Pizza Club. He also recorded a set at The Comedy Store which aired this year.

Charlie has had various acting roles, including The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, The IT Crowd and The Long Firm. Aside from acting and being a stand-up comedian, Charlie is also a Jazz singer and musician. He has performed with The John Wilson Orchestra, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and The Ted Heath big band.

JAMES THORNTON

James Thornton is an English actor best known for his role in Emmerdale where he plays hunky farmer John Barton.

James has his own experience of farming. He was brought up for 18 years in an old farm house, and each year he used to help harvest.

Before appearing in Emmerdale, James starred in a string of TV favourites including Holby Blue, Playing The Field and The Lakes. In his career James has played a number of roles including a nurse, fireman and even a tree surgeon!

In 2003 James married Gavin & Stacey actress Joanna Page. The couple worked together on the set of the TV adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield in 1999.

In 2010, James was nominated for 'Sexiest Male' at The British Soap Awards.

Read about the contestants from show one, show two and show three.

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