Meet the contestants for Show 1 of Let's Dance for Comic Relief

WATERLOO ROAD

REBECCA RYAN...

Rebecca plays model student Vicki MacDonald in Waterloo Road. She's probably best known for her role as Debbie Gallagher in Channel 4's Shameless, which she won after impressing writer Paul Abbott in State of Play. Rebecca has also appeared in Emmerdale, Casualty, Doctors, Holby City and Stupid! She loves dancing and grew up wanting to be an Irish dancer.

... & PHILIP MARTIN BROWN

Philip plays Head of English, Grantly Budgen. His other memorable roles include A Horseman Riding By, The Professionals, The Bill, Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, New Tricks, Casualty and Doctors. Ironically, Philip's was expelled at the end of fifth year but he later trained in the profession and worked as a supply teacher for a while.

COLIN & JUSTIN

Colin McAllister, 43, and Justin Ryan, 44, are Scottish interior decorators and television presenters. The celebrated home-makeover duo first made waves when they starred in BBC Two's Million Pound Property Experiment where they bought, renovated and re-sold properties. The twosome's other TV credits include The Estate, The Farm, Wedding Belles, How Not to Decorate, 20 Quickest Ways to Make Money, Don't Drop The Baby and Ultimate Celebrity Fashion Frock Ups. In 2009, the design gurus took to the jungle in I'm A Celebrity, with Colin managing to get to the final four.

ED BYRNE

Ed Byrne is a well-established Irish comedian who is best known for his observational comedy. As well as touring with his celebrated stand-up, he regularly appears on top panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week. Ed's television acting credits include the Father Ted Christmas Special, The ITV Christmas Day Panto, Sam's Game, The Cassidys and Doctors. He has also appeared in several films such as RAT, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Zemanovaload and Are You Ready For Love? Ed will be embarking on a new UK tour called Crowd Pleaser this spring.

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.

REBECCA FRONT

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA-award-winning actress and comedienne famous for her roles in satirical comedies such as The Thick Of It, The Day Today and Knowing Me, Knowing You... With Alan Partridge. In the early 1990s she was cast in On the Hour, Radio 4's precursor to BBC Two's The Day Today, which launched her into the mainstream. Since then she's starred in a roll-call of comedies including Big Train and Nighty Night. In recent years she has also become a fixture on Have I Got News For You and played Superintendent Jean Innocent in the Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis. Her most recent role was as Simon Amstell's mother Tanya in the BBC2 comedy Grandma's House.

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.

Read about the contestants from show two and show three.

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