Here are all of the confirmed celebrities on the Strictly Come Dancing 2023 line up.
The last series of Strictly ended with Hamza Yassin lifting the glitterball.
2023 welcomes a brand new line up of fifteen contestants taking to the dancefloor to impress the judges and viewers at home.
So who is on Strictly Come Dancing this year? Here’s a run down of the fifteen confirmed names and who’s been eliminated so far…
Strictly Come Dancing 2023 cast
Layton Williams is a film and theatre actor, best known on stage for the title role in Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. On TV, he plays Stephen Carmichael in the Bad Education movie and recently rebooted series.
Layton Williams said: “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!”
Angela Rippon CBE is an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, newsreader, and author. Angela’s career spans over 50 years, having presented a wide variety of programmes from hard news and current affairs, to quiz shows and magazine programmes for broadcasters across the world.
Angela Rippon CBE said: “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!”
Amanda Abbington is an award-winning stage and screen actor, known for her roles in dramas such as Sherlock and Mr Selfridge.
Amanda Abbington said: “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!”
Krishnan Guru-Murthy is a journalist and broadcaster. best known as the main anchor of Channel 4 News.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy said: “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. I know I’m going to love it and have a brilliant time and just hope I’m not the only one enjoying my participation.”
Eddie Kadi is a multi-award winning stand-up comedian and radio presenter.
Eddie Kadi said: “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. I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. This is going to be a VIBE.”
Angela Scanlon is a TV presenter who currently hosts the hugely-successful interior design show Your Home Made Perfect on BBC Two.
Angela Scanlon said of signing up: “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!”
Rising to fame on Love Island, Zara is now a TV presenter and content creator.
Zara McDermott enthused of joining the show: “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.”
Adam Thomas is best known for his roles on Emmerdale and Waterloo Road, which recently returned to screen. He is also the brother of Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas and Love Island star Scott Thomas.
On joining Strictly, Adam Thomas said: “I am so excited to be joining the cast of this years’ Strictly Come Dancing. 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!”
Bobby Brazier is a 20-year-old British Model, and Actor, best known for his role as Freddie Slater on EastEnders.
Bobby Brazier said: “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!”
Ellie Leach is an actor, best known for portraying Faye Windass for 12 years on Coronation Street.
Ellie Leach said: “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!!!!”
Nigel Harman is a TV, film, and theatre actor and director. His roles have included stints on EastEnders, Downton Abbey and most recently BBC’s Casualty as Max Cristie. On stage, Nigel has performed in Guys and Dolls in London’s West End and Shrek the Musical.
Nigel Harman said: “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!”
Annabel Croft is a former British Number One tennis player turned TV and radio broadcaster.
Annabel Croft said of signing up: “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.”
Jody Cundy (Eliminated week three)
Jody Cundy CBE is a World and Paralympic Champion. He has represented Great Britain at seven Summer Paralympics winning eight Gold, one Silver and three Bronze medals across swimming and cycling events.
Jody Cundy CBE said: “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” Can’t wait to get stuck in, bring on the glitter and sequins!”
Nikita Kanda (Eliminated week two)
Nikita Kanda is a radio host and TV presenter, best known for being the current host of the BBC Asian Network’s Breakfast show.
Nikita Kanda said: “I can’t believe I’m going to be on Strictly. 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!”
Les Dennis (Eliminated week one)
Les Dennis is a TV Personality, actor and entertainer who famously hosted Family Fortunes for 16 years.
Les Dennis enthused: “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.”
Strictly Come Dancing 2023 airs on Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One and iPlayer.