Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Chef Simon Rimmer signs up

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Chef Simon Rimmer signs up

TV presenter and chef Simon Rimmer is the latest contestant announced for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

He said: "I am so excited, terrified and proud to be invited... Nobody will try harder, have more fun or get more out of it than me. I can't wait."

So far, one celebrity has been revealed per day for the new series of Strictly, which begins on BBC One in September.

Tess and Claudia will return to host, but it will be the first series without Len Goodman on the judging panel.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Chef Simon Rimmer signs up

Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood will instead be joined by international ballroom champion Shirley Ballas.


Here's a rundown of the contestants who have been confirmed so far for the 15th series:

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Chef Simon Rimmer signs up

Scottish actor Joe McFadden is probably best known for playing the role of Raf di Lucca in Holby City.

His first TV role was in the STV soap Take The High Road before starring in The Crow Road, based on the book by Iain Banks.

He major breakthrough came when he played PC Joe Mason in Heartbeat for two series.

He has also taken on theatre work in stage productions as diverse as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Rent and Rainbow Kiss.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Chef Simon Rimmer signs up

Former glamour model Gemma Atkinson currently co-hosts Manchester radio station Key 103's breakfast show - which she will continue to present during Strictly training.

Her acting credits include roles in Casualty, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

"I'm beyond excited and incredibly nervous, but looking forward to learning a new skill," she said of joining this year's Strictly.

Strictly Come Dancing 2017: Chef Simon Rimmer signs up

EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, who has played Kush Kazemi in the soap since 2014, said it was "such an honour" to be joining the dancing show.

"It's going to be exciting, challenging and terrifying all at once and I am so looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and learning to dance," he added.



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