Strictly Come Dancing 2016 contestants get Shakespeare codenames

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2016 celebrities have been given Shakespeare codenames to keep their identities hidden.

Every year the celebs who have signed up for the show are banned from using their real names when preparing for the series, such as in meetings, rehearsals and going for wardrobe fittings.

Instead, they get various code names to use to keep their real identities a secret.

Former Strictly contestants Scott Mills explained previously: "They're so worried about it leaking out as to who's on it, it's like a massive secret.

"Obviously the papers try and guess all the time. They try and keep it under wraps so much, that they give everyone code names every year. I felt like I was in James Bond - it was so cool."

Last year's stars were given Disney themed nick names, including Corrie star Georgia May Foote named Rapunzel, TV host Katie Derham as Belle and broadcaster Jeremy Vine going under the name Nemo.

Chef Ainsley Harriott's alias was Aladdin whereas EastEnder Kellie Bright became Jasmine.

As for this year it's Shakespeare themed monikers.

Ed Balls, the fist of the confirmed celebs, used Cicero fro Julius Caesar while Will Young went under the name of Ariel from The Tempest.

And Laura Whitmore chose her own code name: Lady Macbeth.

She told Nick Grimshaw on BBC's Radio 1: "I didn't really think about it because when there's a car outside your house and it's for Lady Macbeth!"

More confirmed Strictly contestants will be revealed over the coming weeks ahead of the new series' launch night in September on BBC One.

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