BBC One have announced a bunch of new celebrities taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020.
They are EastEnders actress Maisie Smith, comedian Bill Bailey, Paralympic broadcaster JJ Chalmers and Made in Chelsea star Jaimie Laing.
J Chalmers is a television presenter, former Royal Marine and Invictus Games medallist.
JJ Chalmers says: “My whole life is defined by facing challenges. Whether it’s becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan to competing in The Invictus Games. Now as a TV presenter I’m lucky enough to witness some of the greatest sporting contests in the world. Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I’m up for an adventure and at least my mum will know where I am!”
Bill Bailey is a comedian, musician, author, documentary-maker and keen outdoors enthusiast best known for his live comedy and for the tv shows Black Books, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI. Bill is constantly in demand as an internationally touring comedian, and his live shows always feature ingenious and original musical elements drawing on Bill’s skills as a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist.
Bill says: “In these are strange times we’re living through, it feels right to do something different and take on a new challenge. So I am delighted to be a part of this year’s unique Strictly Come Dancing. My late mum Madrin would have loved it – I hope she’ll be watching.”
TV personality and entrepreneur Jamie Laing has appeared in the award-winning television series Made In Chelsea since 2011. Following his debut on the show, Jamie starred in BBC Three’s Murder In Successville, Channel 4’s In Bed With Jamie and hosted his own Saturday show on Heat Radio. His podcast Private Parts, which he co-hosts with Francis Boulle, has featured guest such as Jack Whitehall and Elizabeth Day. Earlier this year saw the launch of Jamie’s new BBC Sounds podcast 6 Degrees From Jamie And Spencer, which he co-hosts with Spencer Matthews. Jamie is an ambassador for the YoungMinds organisation and regularly supports children’s charity Barnardos and their work in fundraising events to help vulnerable children. Other credits include Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted For Stand Up To Cancer and BBC One’s Comic Relief documentary Famous, Rich And Hungry. As well as his media presence, Jamie is also a successful businessman, having founded the sweets brand Candy Kittens in 2012.
Jamie Laing says: “Here we go again, hopefully this time I can last long enough so my mum can see me dance. The reason I’m doing it, is to make my mum proud but all I did last year was make her even more disappointed. Let’s change that this year, can’t wait!”
Maisie Smith is an actress and singer, best known for playing the role of Tiffany Butcher-Baker on BBC’s EastEnders.
Maisie Smith says: “Get me in those sequins, I can’t wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter! This is a dream come true.”