'Strictly Come Dancing' 2022: Which celebrities have been announced so far?

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will see a new batch of celebs competing for the glitterball trophy (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 will see a new batch of celebs competing for the glitterball trophy (BBC)

The 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One later this year with the launch show scheduled to be recorded on 7 September.

As always a roster of familiar faces, celebrities and sports people will be invited to take part.

Strictly has already confirmed its line-up of professional dancers for the new series, and there has been a lot of speculation about which stars will be taking part.

These are the names confirmed by the BBC so far:

Ellie Simmonds

Ellie Simmonds was the sixth celebrity announced. (BBC)
Ellie Simmonds was the sixth celebrity announced. (BBC)

The Paralympic swimmer and broadcaster called it a "genuine privilege" to be asked to take part in the show.

She said: “Oh my gosh!! I’m literally bursting with excitement!! It’s been soooo hard keeping this secret as I’ve wanted to tell everyone. I’m going on Strictly Come Dancing!! I’m a tad nervous too, well more than a tad… I’m absolutely petrified!

To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun. I’m counting down the minutes until it starts; learning to dance, meeting my partner and everyone else involved in the show. Plus wearing the sequins and all that, It’s going to be a blast.

"I’ve been watching Strictly from as far back as I can remember; it’s a traditional lead up to Christmas with my family and it’s a genuine privilege to be part of it.”

Simmonds has won gold medals at the Paralympics and World Championships, was the youngest person ever to receive an MBE at 14 years old, and now has an OBE.

Jayde Adams

Jayde Adams is the fifth celebrity named for the cast. (BBC)
Jayde Adams is the fifth celebrity named for the cast. (BBC)

The comedian, actor and presenter was the fifth cast member announced and admitted it was a long-held dream to take part in the show.

She said: “Since I watched the first series in 2004, I feel like every step I’ve taken in my career over the last 11 years was to be on Strictly. I cannot begin to express the emotions I am feeling, this means so much to me and my family.

"I’ve always watched it, apart from a brief hiatus in 2011 as I was relentlessly gigging every weekend (to try and get on Strictly). I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this. Holding this in has been torture for me!”

Adams has appeared in comedies The Outlaws and Alma's Not Normal, and the Prime Video series Good Omens.

Kaye Adams

Strictly Come Dancing has signed up Kaye Adams. (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing has signed up Kaye Adams. (BBC)

The journalist and Loose Women presenter was the fourth contestant announced for the series.

Adams, 59, will follow her co-star Judi Love onto the dance floor after the Loose Women star took part in the 2021 series, and their colleagues Frankie Bridge and Katie Piper have also previously taken part.

She said: “I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!”

Richie Anderson

Richie Anderson will dance in an all-male partnership for Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)
Richie Anderson will dance in an all-male partnership for Strictly Come Dancing. (BBC)

Strictly superfan Richie Anderson will be part of an all-male partnership in this year's series, only the show's second ever after finalists John Whaite and Johannes Radebe in 2021.

The Radio 2 presenter who works with former Strictly contestant and presenter Zoe Ball was announced as the third contestant during their Radio 2 morning show.

Anderson said: “This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!

"Strictly is the ultimate feel good show, as soon as I hear that iconic theme tune it’s just pure escapism. I’m going to have to cancel my legendary Strictly launch night kitchen party that I throw every year, I’m sure my friends and family will understand.

"It’s also a massive honour to be part of an all-male dance partnership, it’s so important we have that inclusion on such a huge show.”

Will Mellor

Will Mellor will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2022. (BBC)
Will Mellor will take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2022. (BBC)

Will Mellor is the first celebrity contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2022.

The Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps star, 46, will be one of the celebs on the dancefloor when the BBC ballroom show returns for its 20th series this autumn.

Mellor said he was "honestly so chuffed" to be taking part, after the news was announced on BBC Breakfast.

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"Not going to lie, it's totally out of my comfort zone and I know it will be a huge challenge but that's what life is all about," he said.

He went on: "This is also my Mum's favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well.

"Bring it on!”

Mellor is known for many acting roles, including Hollyoaks, Line of Duty and Broadchurch, and he most recently appeared in Coronation Street as Harvey Gaskell.

Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh - Strictly Come Dancing 2022. (BBC)
Kym Marsh - Strictly Come Dancing 2022. (BBC)

Kym Marsh was the second celebrity contestant confirmed for the brand new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Marsh is well known for her role of Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, for which she won ‘Best Newcomer’ at both the National Television Awards and British Soap Awards. Kym has also had a successful music career, both in the band Hear’Say, which she won a place in after appearing on the show Popstars, and as a solo artist.

Kym Marsh said: “I’ve considered doing Strictly for years but the timings never worked out. I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress, it’s unreal!”

Recently Kym played the notorious Alex in the touring theatre production of Fatal Attraction. Currently a presenter on BBC One’s Morning Live, Kym is soon set to star in the revival on BBC One drama Waterloo Road.

Strictly Come Dancing judges Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse will all return. (BBC)
Strictly Come Dancing judges Shirley Ballas, Anton Du Beke, Craig Revel Horwood and Motsi Mabuse will all return. (BBC)

Female dancers hoping to get a celebrity partner later this year include Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Luba Mushtuk, Jowita Przystal and Nancy Xu.

They'll be joined by male dancers Graziano Di Prima, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Cameron Lombard, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Johannes Radebe and Kai Widdrington who are also vying to win a spot in the main cast.

Other names in the mix include Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt and Hollywood actor Andrew Garfield.

Documentary-maker Louis Theroux is also rumoured to be a contender.

Speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show in November, he shared: "I like to think I'm a good dancer.

"I know I've had too many drinks when I'm in the kitchen dancing while listening to something on the smart speaker, often hip-hop, and I start doing the funky robot and then I start doing MC Hammer spins.

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"And that's where it happens and I start thinking I should really go on Strictly."

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