Strictly Come Dancing: Ex-rugby star Ugo Monye completes 2021 line-up


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Rugby player-turned-pundit Ugo Monye has turn out to be the fifteenth and ultimate movie star to be confirmed for the 2021 collection of Strictly Come Dancing.

Monye will be part of Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker, actress Nina Wadia and 11 different stars when the BBC present returns subsequent month.

The previous England participant, soon to be seen as a team captain on A Question of Sport, stated it was “a dream come true”.

“I like an outfit at the most effective of instances, so carry on the sequins!” he went on.

The announcement got here hours after the participation of Olympic gold medallist Peaty was revealed, together with that of comic and Unfastened Girls panellist Judi Love.

The trio have been the ultimate celebrities to be named for the nineteenth collection of Strictly, which would be the regular size after being barely shorter in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.

Bruno Tonioli will probably be absent from the judges’ desk, changed by long-serving skilled dancer Anton Du Beke. 4 new professionals have additionally been revealed.

Listed here are 2021’s movie star contestants in full:

Ugo Monye

Ugo Monye

The previous Harlequins winger received 14 worldwide caps for England and in addition performed two Assessments for the British & Irish Lions.

After retiring in 2015, he moved into the media and his Strictly signing comes weeks after he was named amongst a brand new line-up on the BBC’s long-running A Query of Sport.

“Strictly is the largest leisure present on TV and I can not wait to point out everybody I’ve acquired extra than simply dad dancing strikes,” he stated in an announcement.

“My two stunning daughters by no means had an opportunity to see me on the rugby pitch, so to know they’ll watch me waltzing and twirling each week is basically particular to me.”

Adam Peaty

Adam Peaty

Swimmer Peaty will probably be hoping to comply with the 2 gold medals he received on the current Tokyo Olympics with Strictly’s coveted glitterball trophy.

The 26-year-old received the 100m breaststroke in Tokyo, changing into the primary British swimmer to defend an Olympic title. He additionally scooped gold within the blended 4x100m medley relay and silver within the 4x100m medley relay.

“I am not essentially the most fluid on land,” he informed BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. “However, saying that, I’m an athlete. I’m used to working laborious.”

In a separate assertion, Peaty stated he was “actually trying ahead to doing one thing completely totally different and difficult myself away from the pool”.

Judi Love

Judi Love

Judi Love is a TV presenter, humorist, on-line comedy star and OK! journal columnist.

She stated she had watched Strictly for years and “admired the outstanding talents of those dancers and celebrities which have taken half and devoted themselves to studying a brand new craft”.

She added: “I am really trying ahead to pushing myself in one thing that I may have solely dreamed of doing and now it is really coming true!! I can not lie I am soooo nervous however excited on the identical time.”

Rose Ayling-Ellis

Rose Ayling-Ellis

The EastEnders actress, who has performed Frankie Lewis within the BBC cleaning soap since 2020, is ready to turn out to be Strictly’s first deaf dancer.

“To be the primary deaf contestant on Strictly Come Dancing is so thrilling and slightly bit scary,” she stated in an announcement. “I hope I’ll do the deaf neighborhood proud and break down extra obstacles.

“However I’m additionally very excited to be taught an unbelievable new ability, and even higher I get to be taught while sporting stunning clothes made particularly for me!”

Ayling-Ellis, who communicates utilizing British Signal Language, made historical past by changing into the primary deaf actor to play a deaf character in EastEnders’ fictional Walford suburb.

Nina Wadia

Nina Wadia

Former EastEnders and Goodness Gracious Me actress Wadia admitted she was “so scared” when her title was added to the line-up.

“I like dancing like no-one’s watching,” she informed ITV’s Lorraine after she was revealed. “So we simply must blindfold the judges and I will win,” she joked.

Wadia performed Zainab Masood (later Khan) in EastEnders between 2007 and 2013 and can be recognized for her function in BBC comedy Nonetheless Open All Hours.

“Quite a bit has occurred within the final couple of years, and I simply wish to seize life by the balls and revel in it,” she stated.

Tilly Ramsay

Tilly Ramsay

The 19-year-old has greater than 9.5 million followers on TikTok and is thought for presenting CBBC’s Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, which options her household – together with her father, chef Gordon.

She stated she “cannot wait to get my dancing footwear on and present my dad the way it’s carried out”.

He wished her nicely in a video when she was introduced as a contestant on ITV’s This Morning, signing off with the warning: “Do not date these dancers.”

Requested if she thought she had a bonus by posting dance movies on social media, Ramsay replied: “Yeah, I assume that is true. You have to be taught them and you have to keep in mind them for the video, however fortunately that is not dwell and you are able to do as many takes as you want.”

Greg Sensible

Greg Wise

The actor rose to fame by enjoying John Willoughby within the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility, on which he met his future spouse Dame Emma Thompson.

Sensible additionally appeared in Cranford, performed Lord Mountbatten in The Crown, and created the 2019 movie Final Christmas with Dame Emma, whom he married in 2003.

He devoted his Strictly look to his late sister Clare, with whom he wrote the guide Not That Type of Love.

“My stunning sister was an enormous disco queen,” he stated. “She left our world nearly precisely 5 years in the past in a glitter ball coffin. That is for her.”

Dan Walker

Dan Walker

Dan Walker has been an everyday presenter of BBC Breakfast since 2016, when he changed Invoice Turnbull.

He stated on Tuesday he was “excited, slightly bit apprehensive, largely terrified” about becoming a member of Strictly.

Eager sports activities fan Walker introduced BBC Olympic Breakfast all through this 12 months’s video games. He additionally hosted Soccer Focus for 12 years and has lined many main occasions, together with Wimbledon, the Grand Nationwide and Royal Ascot.

Different presenting roles have included The One Present and Songs of Reward.

He added: “My youngsters have solely ever requested me to go on two exhibits… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer season so… it is time to embrace the sequins.”

Katie McGlynn

Katie McGlynn

Katie McGlynn in the meantime stated she was preparing “to shake my shimmy”.

“I am actually not a dancer, however I am so excited to be taught a brand new ability on this loopy journey and can’t wait to slide into some sequins alongside the way in which,” she stated.

The actress, who performs newcomer Becky Quentin in Hollyoaks, previously starred as Sinead Tinker in Coronation Road. The function earned her a Bafta nomination and a Nationwide Tv Award in 2020. She additionally featured within the BBC One drama collection Waterloo Street and The Syndicate.

“Numerous my roles have concerned fairly severe and difficult storylines, so I am absolutely able to let my hair down and do one thing totally different, even whether it is utterly outdoors of my consolation zone,” she added.

Sara Davies

Sara Davies

Sara Davies, 37, turned the youngest ever dragon on the BBC show’s panel of entrepreneurs when she joined in 2019.

Generally known as the Den’s “Crafting Queen”, Davies began her enterprise Crafter’s Companion when she was nonetheless a scholar. It now employs practically 250 individuals.

The County Durham-born entrepreneur stated her “mam and pop are going to be so excited” about her becoming a member of Strictly.

“I am actually nervous as a result of thus far the producers hold asking me if I can dance. Fact be informed – I have not acquired a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet classes once I was little.”

She added: “The enterprise world has taught me that tenacity, drive and dedication ship outcomes, I hope that I can carry that to the dance ground. And I am excited to see the impression of all these hours of coaching on my mum tum!”

Tom Fletcher

Tom Fletcher

The singer and guitarist, who scored seven UK primary singles with McFly between 2004 and 2007, is taking to the dance ground precisely a decade after his bandmate Harry Judd lifted the coveted glitterball trophy.

Fletcher has additionally carved out a profitable sideline as a kids’s creator, and his household may do a novel actuality TV double after spouse Giovanna received I am A Movie star… Get Me Out Of Right here! final 12 months.

He stated he was “extremely excited” but in addition “completely terrified” to do Strictly. “My youngsters have been excited too till I began exhibiting them my greatest dad-dancing within the kitchen,” he stated. “I am unsure how far they’re going to get me within the competitors however I can not wait so as to add some new strikes to my embarrassing dad-dancing repertoire.”

AJ Odudu

AJ Odudu

The Blackburn-born presenter rose to fame internet hosting Large Brother’s Bit on the Facet in 2013, and has since appeared on exhibits like The Voice UK and Trending Reside!.

In September, she is going to co-present a one-off revival of Channel 4’s The Large Breakfast alongside comic Mo Gilligan.

She stated she was “past happy” to be on Strictly. “I completely love the present and am absolutely dedicated to benefiting from each second of the Strictly expertise,” she stated. “Convey it on!”

Robert Webb

Robert Webb

The comedian actor is best-known for his double act with David Mitchell in TV exhibits like Peep Present, That Mitchell and Webb Look and Again. Like Fletcher, he has additionally turn out to be an creator.

And Webb has type on the dance ground – he received Let’s Dance For Comedian Aid in 2009.

“It is a huge, beneficiant, joyful present and I can not wait to get packed right into a spandex onesie and fired from a glitter cannon instantly at Claudia Winkleman,” he stated.

Rhys Stephenson

Rhys Stephenson

Actor and kids’s TV presenter Stephenson is greatest generally known as the face of youngsters’s tv channel CBBC, which he hosts dwell from the channel’s Salford HQ.

He has introduced such CBBC exhibits as Blue Peter and Saturday Mash-Up! and is an envoy for kids’s psychological well being charity Place2Be.

“I can not wait to expertise all of it: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig’s glare,” he stated of his participation in Strictly. “I’m prepared!”

The actor and kids’s TV presenter added he was already “impatient to participate” after being unveiled on Friday morning’s Newsround information bulletin.

“I’ve dreamt about being on this present, and I do know for a reality it will exceed each expectation,” he stated.

John Whaite

John Whaite

Whaite is a chef, TV presenter and cookery creator. He received the third collection of The Nice British Bake Off in 2012 on the age of 23.

Since then he has introduced TV exhibits and has a cooking phase on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4.

He has additionally revealed 5 cookery books and runs his personal cookery faculty, John Whaite’s Kitchen.

“I am so grateful, excited, and nervous to be becoming a member of the Strictly 2021 household,” he stated. “I have been sporting sequins and jazzy apparel since I used to be three years outdated and may’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, round essentially the most glamorous dance ground on Earth.”

Whaite will probably be a part of the present’s first all-male partnership. He’ll comply with within the footsteps of boxer Nicola Adams, who was the first celebrity to have a same-sex companion final 12 months.

The 2012 Bake Off winner described his partnership as “an awesome step ahead in illustration and inclusion”.

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