Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up: full list of confirmed cast and contestants revealed


STRICTLY Come Dancing is returning for its nineteenth assortment with some of an necessary names in tv – and it is set to be fab-u-lous.

Fans have been patiently ready to look out out which stars are taking the cha-cha-chance to seek out strategies to bounce.

Prepare to be on the sting of your seat for an additional beautiful assortmentCredit: Rex

Who is contained in the Strictly 2021 cast?

Robert Webb

Comic Robert Webb will star in the new series
Comic Robert Webb will star inside the brand new assortmentCredit: Rex Features

PEEP Show favorite Robert is an award-winning actor, comic and creator who was given merely two days to dwell in 2019.

The 48-year-old underwent emergency surgical course of after discovering a coronary coronary coronary heart murmur – and it was “touch and go”  if he’d survive.

Celebrating his new lease of life, Robert will strut his stuff on the dancefloor when Strictly makes its return.

The married dad-of-two is most attention-grabbing typically known as one half of a comedy double act with David Mitchell.

Robert stated: “I’m ludicrously excited to be collaborating in Strictly this yr. It’s an infinite, beneficiant, joyful present and I can’t wait to get packed correct proper right into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon immediately at Claudia Winkleman. At least I think about that’s what occurs.

“My perform is to intention and survive from week to week with out inflicting excessive hurt to myself or harmless bystanders. I do understand it’s going to be a difficulty. To do correctly on this rivals is a look at of character, though primarily it’s a look at of dancing.”

AJ Odudu

AJ Odudu is ready to wow the judges
AJ Odudu is able to wow the judgesCredit: Rex

PRESENTER AJ Odudu says it is a “dream come true” to be becoming a member of the family-favourite present after practically quitting TV for good.

AJ was hit by a barrage of on-line hate following her TV debut on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

The 33-year-old – who suffered mounted racist slurs as a toddler rising up in Blackburn – was left traumatised when she was branded “the black girl with the dodgy accent”.

But having gone from energy to energy in her occupation ever since, AJ is now a much-love presenter presently starring alongside Emma Willis in ITV’s Cooking With The Stars.

AJ stated: “I’m earlier joyful that I’m going to be on this yr’s Strictly Come Dancing and I’m so glad I can lastly inform my mum. Her face will doable be an image, she’s going to be over the moon!

“I absolutely love the show and am fully committed to making the most of every second of the Strictly experience. Bring it on!”

Tom Fletcher

McFly's Tom Fletcher
McFly’s Tom FletcherCredit: Rex

OBVIOUSLY, McFly singer Tom Fletcher is famend for being a gifted singer and songwriter – however do his dance expertise match up?

The 36-year-old joked he is extra excited than he appears in his announcement {{{photograph}}} as he prepares to cope with the well-known ballroom.

For Tom, triumph on Strictly would cement him and associate Giovanna in consequence of the kings and queens of actuality TV after her victory on I’m A Celeb.

The pair have already talked in regards to the notorious present curse that is damaged up even the strongest of marriages, like Jamie and Louise Redknapp – however Tom and Giovanna insist they aren’t fearful.

Tom stated: “I think about the truth that I’m truly going to be dancing on Strictly this yr has solely merely began to sink in whereas I’m scripting this! I’m terribly excited, of course, nevertheless in addition to absolutely terrified!

“My youngsters have been excited too till I began displaying them my most attention-grabbing dad-dancing contained in the kitchen. I’m undecided how far they’ll get me contained in the rivals however I can’t wait so as in order so as to add some new strikes to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire.”

Nina Wadia

She's swapped Albert Square for the Strictly dancefloor
She’s swapped Albert Square for the Strictly dancefloorCredit: Rex

EASTENDERS star Nina Wadia was impressed by the Covid pandemic to enroll – regardless of being absolutely terrified.

The actress, who carried out Zainab Masood, stated she prefers to “dance like no one’s watching”, joking: “So we just have to blindfold the judges and I can win.”

The 52-year-old believes it is her closing chance to positioned on heels before she is just too outdated and should “grab life by the balls and do it”.

Greg Wise

Actor Greg Wise is doing Strictly for his late sister
Actor Greg Wise is doing Strictly for his late sisterCredit: Rex

THE Crown actor Greg Wise has admitted his well-known associate Emma Thompson, is “stupidly excited” to take a look at him.

The 55-year-old star, who carried out Lord Louis Mountbatten contained in the hit Netflix present, has furthermore starred in Sense & Sensibility, Effie Gray, and Walking On Sunshine.

But he emotionally revealed he is taking on this new disadvantage in reminiscence of his late sister.

He stated: “My stunning sister was an infinite disco queen. She left our world practically precisely 5 years beforehand in a glitter ball coffin. This is for her.

“My attractive Diva sis, who would have been insane with pleasure that her little bro was doing this. I’ll channel her, as her bro can’t dance – however I’m thrilled to be dipping my toes, knees, hips and arms into this glorious world, and hope to make her proud, and clearly make her snigger…”

Tilly Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay's daughter is the youngest competitor
Gordon Ramsay’s daughter is the youngest competitorCredit: Rex

CELEBRITY chef Gordon Ramsay’s daughter is hoping to develop proper right into a star in her non-public appropriate after getting the prospect to star on Strictly.

Tilly – who was dominated out of the 2020 assortment when she broke her arm – has been given a second completely different this yr.

But she’s bought to cope with dancing as an alternative of off-screen romances, with dad Gordon warning: “Don’t date those dancers!”

Tilly has labored with Gordon on This Morning for a day-to-day part known as Big Chef, Little Chef.

She has furthermore fronted a CBBC cooking present, Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch, since 2015.

Tilly stated: “I’m so excited and grateful to be becoming a member of the Strictly household! I’m all the time up for nice new challenges and this may doable be my finest journey nevertheless!

“I’m going to place my coronary coronary coronary heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing sneakers on and present my Dad one of the simplest ways it’s actually accomplished! Bring on the glitz, glamour and sequins!”

Judi Love

Judi Love kept her exciting news secret
Judi Love saved her thrilling info secretCredit: Rex

SHE is most attention-grabbing acknowledged for voicing her views on Loose Women, however now Judi Love goes to let her toes do the speaking.

The daytime TV star and comic – who beforehand took half in Celebrity GraspChef – is stepping as rather a lot as a result of the dancefloor this autumn.

Judi, 41, stated she was overwhelmed when Strictly bosses reached out to her and she snapped up the prospect.

Judi stated: “I think about I’m nonetheless in shock that I’ll doable be half of this glorious present. I’ve watched it for a quantity of years and admired the distinctive experience of these dancers and celebrities which have taken half and devoted themselves to studying a mannequin new craft.

“I’m truly trying ahead to pushing myself in a single issue that I may have solely dreamed of doing and now it’s truly coming true!! I can’t lie I’m so nervous however excited on the identical time!!”

Adam Peaty

He's planning to make a splash on Strictly
He’s planning to make a splash on StrictlyCredit: Rex

OLYMPIAN Adam Peaty launched dwelling GB’s first gold medal of Tokyo 2020.

But may he add the glitterball trophy to his achievements this yr?

The defending 100m breaststroke champion will use his aggressive streak to climb the leaderboard.

He stated: “I think about it may come as a shock to rather a lot of individuals, however I’m so excited to lastly share the data that I’ll be becoming a member of Strictly this yr.

“I’m actually trying ahead to doing one issue absolutely utterly utterly completely different and powerful myself away from the pool. I’m hoping my aggressive nature goes to compensate for my dancing experience!”

Adam revealed earlier this month that he may probably be taking a break from swimming to take care of his psychological properly being following contained in the steps of fellow sport stars Simone Biles and Ben Stokes.

Dan Walker

BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker
BBC Breakfast host Dan WalkerCredit: Rex

DAN Waltzer – sorry, Walker – shocked his BBC Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin dwell on the present when he launched he’d signed as rather a lot as Strictly.

Louise had no concept that her pal was about to look by methodology of video hyperlink, exclaiming that she had “nothing in the running order” a pair of second Strictly announcement.

It furthermore caught rival Piers Morgan off-guard – and tweeting gleefully on the thought of Dan with a fake tan and sporting sequins, he stated: “My Christmas just came early…”

The pair are embroiled in a long-running feud triggered by rivals over viewing figures when Piers hosted ITV’s breakfast present rival Good Morning Britain.

Ignoring wind-up Piers, Dan stated: “I’m positively excited, a bit of bit fearful, largely terrified and a small half of me is contemplating going into hiding!

“My youngsters have solely ever requested me to go on two reveals… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer time season season so… it’s time to embrace the sequins.”

Katie McGlynn

She's an award-winning actress hoping to impress with her dancing
She’s an award-winning actress hoping to impress collectively alongside together with her dancingCredit: Rex

CORONATION Street star Katie McGlynn insists she has no expectations – other than hoping she does not fall over mid-dance.

The cleaning cleansing cleaning soap actress – presently starring in Hollyoaks – first shot to fame in BBC drama Waterloo Road, which she appeared in till 2013 – when she joined Corrie as Sinead Tinker.

She had a tragic finish to the ITV cleaning cleansing cleaning soap, collectively alongside together with her character being killed off after a devastating most cancers storyline in 2019.

Katie will doable be pressured to return nostril to nostril collectively alongside together with her ex-boyfriend – professional dancer Giovanni Pernice who she was linked to as soon as extra in 2017 – shortly after he break up from her co-star Georgia May Foote.

Katie stated: “It’s been so exhausting preserving it a secret, however I can lastly say that I’m on the aim of shake my shimmy and flip into half of the Strictly household!

“I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.

“Although I do get to have tons nice as an actress, heaps of my roles have concerned fairly excessive and powerful storylines, so I’m utterly succesful of let my hair down and do one issue utterly utterly completely different, even whether or not or not it is utterly open air of my consolation zone.

“I can’t promise that I’ll be the best, but I’m going to give it 110 per cent on the dance floor! As long as I don’t fall over I’ll be happy.”

John Whaite

John Whaie - who won Bake Off - will dance in a same-sex couple
John Whaie – who obtained Bake Off – will dance in a same-sex coupleCredit: Rex

OVERWHELMED Bake Off winner John Whaite broke down in tears after asserting he’ll dance in Strictly’s first all-male partnership.

He stated: “There will be kids watching thinking it’s OK to be who you are.”

It comes after the BBC present’s first feminine pairing Katya Jones and Nicola Adams went down a storm with viewers closing yr.

The English baker rose to fame after worthwhile The Great British Bake Off’s third assortment in 2012. 

He works as a chef, tv presenter and creator, however believes he “was born to be on that dance floor”.

John stated: “I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be becoming a member of the Strictly 2021 household. I’ve been sporting sequins and jazzy apparel since I used to be three years outdated and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, spherical primarily basically essentially the most glamorous dance flooring on earth.

“What’s extra thrilling for me, is that I’m going to be one half of the primary all-male partnership, which is an efficient step ahead in illustration and inclusion.

“Whoever it’s I’m paired with, I hope they’re up for a difficulty as I would like our routines to incorporate tons of spectacular lifts!”

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is making history
Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis is making historic earlier

EASTENDERS star Rose Ayling-Ellis is Strictly’s first ever deaf contestant.

She should shatter all of the stereotypes of individuals with no listening to by taking dwelling the glitterball.

And the 26-year-old isn’t any stranger to creating historic earlier since having enjoyable with Frankie Lewis, who can also be the cleaning cleansing cleaning soap’s first deaf character.

Setting her sights on worthwhile the gathering, Rose stated: “To be the primary deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is sooooo thrilling.. and a bit of bit scary. It is the toughest secret I’ve ever wished to take care of so it feels glorious to lastly have this out contained in the open!

“I hope I’ll do the deaf group proud and break down extra obstacles. But I’m furthermore very excited to be taught an unimaginable new capability and even elevated I get to be taught whereas sporting stunning clothes made particularly for me!”

Rhys Stephenson

Rhys Stephenson is a children's TV presenter
Rhys Stephenson is a youngsters’s TV presenterCredit: Getty

CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson will doable be quick-stepping onto our screens this assortment hoping to impress – identical to his fellow youngsters’s TV host Karim Zheroual, who was a finalist in 2019.

Rhys began his presenting occupation in 2013 on his college’s tv channel, Smoke TV, and inside the an similar yr he went on to carry out alongside Matt Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes after becoming a member of the National Youth Theatre. 

Rhys stated: “I’m BUZZING to be a element of Strictly Come Dancing 2021. I’ve dreamt about being on this present, and I do know for a indisputable fact that it will exceed each expectation.

“I can not wait to expertise all of it: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare! I’m READY!”

Sara Davies

Sara Davies is leaving the Dragons' Den to head to Elstree Studios
Sara Davies is leaving the Dragons’ Den to maneuver to Elstree StudiosCredit: Rex

DRAGONS’ Den star Sara Davies is hoping she’ll finish her Strictly stint with dance expertise nearly just about nearly as good as she thinks they’re when she’s had a drink.

The businesswoman, 37, says being on Strictly “felt like a pipe dream” after watching the present on condition that first assortment.

She’s furthermore trying ahead to working off her “mum tum” after hours of exhausting graft in educating.

Other than doing ballet as a bit of woman, Sara is a novice – and wanting to cope with a complete new disadvantage collectively alongside together with her entrepreneurial spirit.

Sara stated: “My Mam and Dad are going to be so excited. I’m actually nervous as a result of of this of up to now the producers protect asking me if I can dance. Truth be urged – I haven’t bought a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet classes after I was little.

“The enterprise world has taught me that tenacity, drive and willpower ship outcomes, I hope that I can convey that to the dancefloor. And I’m excited to see the impression of all these hours of educating on my mum tum!”

Ugo Monye

Ugo Monye will be confirmed as a Strictly 2021 star on The One Show
Ugo Monye will doable be confirmed as a Strictly 2021 star on The One ShowCredit: Rex

RUGBY Union star Ugo Monye goes to sort out his newest disadvantage by trying to get his palms on the glitterball after being signed up for this yr’s Strictly.

Quickstepping ex-England winger Ugo, 38, will sort out the tango, the waltz and the foxtrot when the hit BBC present returns contained in the autumn.

He goes to be launched on The One Show formally tonight, however The Sun revealed his signing closing month.

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