Strictly Come Dancing Series 21 Celebrities Confirmed

Strictly Come Dancing returns to screens in autumn 2023, marking the 21st series of the nation’s favourite dancing show.

Made by BBC Studios Entertainment Productions, the multi award-winning series promises to entertain the nation once again, with presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman back in the ballroom to oversee proceedings each weekend as a host of brand new celebrity contestants take to the floor in a bid to lift the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

But who’s doing Strictly 2023? It’s time to meet the official Strictly Come Dancing celebrity line-up…

Amanda Abbington

Amanda Abbington

I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly. I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things! Plus, I get to learn to dance which I am incredibly excited about. I’m really looking forward to the training too, I’m quite competitive as my family and friends will tell you. I can’t wait to start!— Amanda Abbington

Amanda is an award-winning stage and screen actor

Angela Rippon CBE

Having been a fan of Strictly since day one, and as a former presenter of Come Dancing, this will be quite an adventure for me. A scary one, considering I’m about to be 79. But I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and perhaps being able to learn to dance the Argentinian Tango!!— Angela Rippon CBE

Angela is an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, newsreader, and author

Layton Williams

Layton Williams

Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!— Layton Williams

Layton is a film and theatre actor

Krishnan Guru-Murthy

I’m surprised, delighted and slightly confused to find myself taking part in Strictly on the basis of ‘you only live once!’ and I can’t wait to start learning to dance, but I am slightly worried about my general decrepitude.— Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Krishnan is a journalist and broadcaster

Eddie Kadi

Eddie Kadi

WOW. Anyone who knows me, understands that music and dance is so important and central to who I am. I’m so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 Team.— Eddie Kadi

Eddie is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and radio presenter

Angela Scanlon

I’m terrified, I’m excited and I have so many questions. Will they make me tan? How itchy are sequins?! Do they do flesh coloured sports bras? Well – there’s only one way to find out, right!? Now I’m panicking a bit… but also secretly thrilled about the prospect of all that glitter. Let’s go!— Angela Scanlon

Angela is a TV presenter

Zara McDermott

Zara McDermott

I am so excited to be joining the world of Strictly! I grew up watching it every year with my nan and she was the biggest Strictly fan. We would dance around the house and I have such fond memories of that time in my life.— Zara McDermott

Zara is a broadcaster and content creator

Adam Thomas

I’ve been such a big fan of the show for years, I can’t believe I’m actually doing it! I can’t dance to save my life but I’m buzzing to learn and have a good laugh with my pro. Get me on that dance floor… I can’t wait!— Adam Thomas

Adam is an actor and TV presenter

Nikita Kanda

Nikita Kanda

This is a dream come true. I’m still pinching myself. I don’t think it will properly sink in until I step onto the dancefloor. I can’t wait to get glammed up and get out there. Throw the glitter on me!— Nikita Kanda

Nikita is a radio host and TV presenter

Ellie Leach

It still doesn’t feel real that I’m going to be doing Strictly!! It’s always been a dream of mine so I guess dreams really do come true!!!!— Ellie Leach

Ellie is an actress

Jody Cundy CBE

Jody Cundy CBE

Excited to be welcomed into the Strictly family and throw myself head first into the world of ballroom dancing. So far away from what I’m used to, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, especially as I’m always last onto the dance floor.— Jody Cundy CBE

Jody is a World and Paralympic Champion

Bobby Brazier

I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly line up, I can’t wait to start training like a professional dancer and adding a few moves to my locker. I’m looking forward to performing in-front of everyone, it’s going to be so much fun!— Bobby Brazier

Bobby is a model and actor

Nigel Harman

Nigel Harman

I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it’s my turn… gulp!— Nigel Harman

Nigel is a TV, film, and theatre actor and director.

Annabel Croft

I have always loved watching Strictly and can’t quite believe I’m going to be part of this magical show – swapping tennis balls for glitter balls and looking forward to finding some joyfulness in the process.— Annabel Croft

Annabel is a former British Number One tennis player.

Les Dennis

Les Dennis

I’m thrilled to be doing this iconic wonderful show as I approach my 70th birthday! In my career I’ve always gone for challenges outside my comfort zone and this is the ultimate one! Can’t wait.— Les Dennis

Les is a TV personality, actor and entertainer

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