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Having played hapless, hen pecked mechanic, Ricky Butcher for nearly 25 years until his exit from EastEnders in 2012, Sid Owen is one of the most recognisable actors on British TV screens. He may be more used to donning oily overalls than sequins and spats, but Sid is poised to prove himself in front of the Strictly judges this year.
I am so excited to do Strictly, because if I get married, I won’t look a numpty when I do my first dance.Sid Owen
Sid grew up in Sutton, south west London but began attending the famous Anna Scher Drama School in Islington. There, Sid’s natural talent and charisma saw him land a role in a BBC adaptation of Oliver Twist. He also met Patsy Palmer at the school, who later would go on to be his onscreen wife.
Sid’s big break came in 1985 when he as cast as Ned, Al Pacino’s son, in the film Revolution when he was 14. Two years later aged 16, Sid auditioned for the role of Ricky in the soap EastEnders. His performance as the lovable but under the thumb mechanic made him instantly recognisable on the streets of Great Britain, whilst his wife Bianca coined him a household catchphrase, as the nation yelled “Rickkkkkay!”.
Sid left EastEnders in 2000 in order to pursue a pop career. He released a cover of Sugar Minott's 1982 single, Good Thing Going. The song reached No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart in June of that year.
Sid returned to EastEnders in 2002 until 2004 and then again in 2008, before retiring from the show in 2012. Sid appeared in a number of other television dramas, including prison drama Bad Girls. Having sized up the competition already, will Sid be Tangoing his way to the top of the leaderboard or will he be getting the first bus back to the East End?