Strictly 2023 line-up: Meet the contestants, from Amanda Abbington to Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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Sign up for our free IndyArts newsletter to stay up-to-date with all the latest entertainment news and reviews from Strictly Come Dancing 2023. This year marks the show’s 21st anniversary and will once again be presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. The first lineup announcements have already been made, with more names expected to be revealed in the coming weeks. The 2022 lineup includes actors, presenters, comedians, and more. Let’s meet some of the participants!

Amanda Abbington is a 49-year-old actor who has starred in some of the UK’s biggest drama TV series, such as Sherlock, Mr Selfridge, Wolfe, and Desperate Measures. She won the Best Supporting Actress prize at the Crime Thriller Awards for her role in Sherlock. Abbington is also an accomplished stage performer and recently appeared in the West End transfer of Steven Moffat’s play, The Unfriend. She is excited to overcome her shyness and learn to dance on the show.

Angela Rippon, who turns 79 in October, is an award-winning journalist, TV presenter, newsreader, and author. She is the oldest contestant ever to compete on Strictly. Rippon has had a remarkable career spanning over 50 years, including hosting the original version of the show, called Come Dancing, over 30 years ago. She has been recognized for her contributions to broadcasting and charity, receiving an OBE and being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Rippon is looking forward to the challenge and learning the Argentinian Tango.

Layton Williams is a 28-year-old film and theatre actor best known for his roles in Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. He has also appeared in stage shows like Thriller Live, Rent, Hairspray, and New Adventures. On TV, Williams has starred in Bad Education, I Hate Suzie, and does the voiceover for the UK’s first gay dating show, I Kissed a Boy. He cannot wait to bring his energy to the ballroom and shine in all the sequins.

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, 53, is a staple of British broadcasting and the main anchor of Channel 4 News. He has covered major events from the Omagh bombing to the 911 attacks and the Ukraine War. Guru-Murthy won the Royal Television Society Journalism Award for Best Network Presenter last year. He is surprised but excited to join Strictly and hopes to enjoy his participation despite his concerns about his physical condition.

Eddie Kadi is a 40-year-old multi-award winning stand-up comedian and radio presenter. He was the first British Black comic to headline the O2 Arena in London and has appeared on various TV formats. Kadi hosts The Official Afrobeats Chart Show on BBC Radio 1Xtra and is a Team Captain on ITV’s Sorry I Didn’t Know. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase his love for music and dance on the show.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in September, and we can’t wait to see all these talented celebrities take the dance floor. Sign up for our IndyArts newsletter to stay updated on all the latest news and behind-the-scenes insights from the show.

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