Strictly Come Dancing Confirms Ellie Leach, Bobby Brazier And Jody Cundy For 2023 Line-Up

"I guess dreams really do come true.”
Ellie Leach
Ellie Leach
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Paralympic gold medallist Jody Cundy and soap actors Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier have become the latest three stars revealed to be taking part in the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Ellie is best known for her performance as Faye Windass in Coronation Street, a role she took on at the age of 10, eventually stepping down after 12 years on the cobbles in 2022.

She was unveiled as the latest star on this year’s Strictly line-up during an appearance on BBC Breakfast on Wednesday morning.

“It still doesn’t feel real that I’m going to be doing Strictly!!” she told the BBC. “It’s always been a dream of mine so I guess dreams really do come true.”

Shortly afterwards, it was announced that Jody had also signed up for the new series.

The swimmer and cyclist enthused: ”[I’m] excited to be welcomed into the Strictly family and throw myself head first into the world of ballroom dancing.

“So far away from what I’m used to, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone, especially as I’m always last onto the dance floor. Can’t wait to get stuck in, bring on the glitter and sequins!”

It was then revealed that Bobby – who plays Freddie Slater in EastEnders – would also be hitting the Strictly dance floor this year.

“I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly line up, I can’t wait to start training like a professional dancer and adding a few moves to my locker,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to performing in-front of everyone, it’s going to be so much fun!”

Prior to landing his role in EastEnders, Bobby had been enjoying a successful career as a model.

The 20-year-old was also already in the public eye as the son of TV presenter Jeff Brazier and the late media personality Jade Goody.

Bobby Brazier
Bobby Brazier
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Actor Amanda Abbington, former Come Dancing host Angela Rippon and West End performer Layton Williams were the first three stars announced for the new series of Strictly last week.

Since then, news anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy, comedian Eddie Kai, TV personality Angela Scanlon and former Love Island contestant Zara McDermott have also been added to the line-up, with former Emmerdale star Adam Thomas and BBC presenter Nikita Kanda being unveiled on Tuesday.

More celebrities are due to be announced in the coming days.

Among the remaining rumoured names are Loose Women presenter Brenda Edwards, TV personality Les Dennis, Wham! musician Andrew Ridgeley, former basketball player Ade Adepitan and soap actor Nigel Harman.

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on our screens in the autumn, with Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman once again on presenting duties, and Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Anton Du Beke and Motsi Mabuse returning to the judging panel.


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