Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up: full list of confirmed cast and contestants revealed

STRICTLY Come Dancing is returning for its 19th series with some of the biggest names in television – and it's set to be fab-u-lous.

Fans of the hit BBC One show have been patiently waiting to find out which stars are taking the cha-cha-chance to learn how to dance.

The added pressure is, it's in front of 13million avid viewers and four feisty judges – Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Bruno Tonioli's replacement Anton du Beke.

Today, Olympian Adam Peaty and Loose Women star Judi Love were announced as the 13th and 14th stars set to compete for the glitterball trophy.

There is now just one name left to be confirmed on The One Show tonight, which The Sun previously revealed as rugby player Ugo Monye.

Here we bring you the full list of the 2021 contestants ahead of tonight's official announcement of its final star.

Robert Webb

PEEP Show favourite Robert is an award-winning actor, comedian and author who was given just two days to live in 2019.

The 48-year-old underwent emergency surgery after discovering a heart murmur -and it was “touch and go”  if he’d survive.

Celebrating his new lease of life, Robert will strut his stuff on the dancefloor when Strictly makes its return this Autumn.

The married dad-of-two is best known as one half of a comedy double act with David Mitchell.

AJ Odudu

PRESENTER AJ Odudu says it's a "dream come true" to be joining the family-favourite show after almost quitting TV for good.

AJ was hit by a barrage of online hate following her TV debut on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side.

The 33-year-old – who suffered constant racist slurs as a child growing up in Blackburn – was left traumatised when she was branded “the black girl with the dodgy accent”.

But having gone from strength to strength in her career ever since, AJ is now a much-love presenter currently starring alongside Emma Willis in ITV's Cooking With The Stars.

Tom Fletcher

OBVIOUSLY, McFly singer Tom Fletcher is renowned for being a talented singer and songwriter – but do his dance skills match up?

The 36-year-old joked he's more excited than he looks in his announcement photograph as he prepares to take on the famous ballroom.

For Tom, triumph on Strictly would cement him and wife Giovanna as the kings and queens of reality TV after her victory on I'm A Celeb.

The pair have already discussed the infamous show curse that's broken up even the strongest of marriages, like Jamie and Louise Redknapp – but Tom and Giovanna insist they're not worried.

Nina Wadia

EASTENDERS star Nina Wadia was inspired by the Covid pandemic to sign up – despite being absolutely terrified.

The actress, who played Zainab Masood, said she prefers to "dance like no one's watching", joking: "So we just have to blindfold the judges and I can win."

The 52-year-old believes it's her last chance to wear heels before she is too old and wants to "grab life by the balls and do it".

Greg Wise

THE Crown actor Greg Wise has admitted his famous wife Emma Thompson, is "stupidly excited" to watch him.

The 55-year-old star, who played Lord Louis Mountbatten in the hit Netflix show, has also starred in Sense & Sensibility, Effie Gray, and Walking On Sunshine.

But he emotionally revealed he's taking on this new challenge in memory of his late sister.

He said: "My beautiful sister was a huge disco queen. She left our world almost exactly five years ago in a glitter ball coffin. This is for her.

"My gorgeous Diva sis, who would have been insane with excitement that her little bro was doing this. I will channel her, as her bro can’t dance – but I’m thrilled to be dipping my toes, knees, hips and arms into this wonderful world, and hope to make her proud, and obviously make her laugh…”

Tilly Ramsay

CELEBRITY chef Gordon Ramsay's daughter is hoping to become a star in her own right after getting the chance to star on Strictly.

Tilly – who was ruled out of the 2020 series when she broke her arm – has been given a second opportunity this year.

But she's got to concentrate on dancing instead of off-screen romances, with dad Gordon warning: "Don't date those dancers!"

Tilly has worked with Gordon on This Morning for a regular segment called Big Chef, Little Chef.

She has also fronted a CBBC cooking show, Matilda And The Ramsay Bunch, since 2015.

Judi Love

SHE is best known for voicing her views on Loose Women, but now Judi Love is going to let her feet do the talking.

The daytime TV star and comedian – who previously took part in Celebrity MasterChef – is stepping up to the dancefloor this autumn.

Judi, 41, said she was overwhelmed when Strictly bosses reached out to her and she snapped up the chance.

Adam Peaty

OLYMPIAN Adam Peaty brought home GB's first gold medal of Tokyo 2020.

But could he add the glitterball trophy to his achievements this year?

The defending 100m breaststroke champion will use his competitive streak to climb the leaderboard.

Adam revealed earlier this month that he would be taking a break from swimming to focus on his mental health following in the steps of fellow sport stars Simone Biles and Ben Stokes.

Dan Walker

DAN Waltzer – sorry, Walker – surprised his BBC Breakfast co-star Louise Minchin live on the show when he announced he'd signed up to Strictly.

Louise had no idea that her pal was about to appear via video link, exclaiming that she had "nothing in the running order" about a second Strictly announcement.

It also caught rival Piers Morgan off-guard – and tweeting gleefully at the thought of Dan with a fake tan and wearing sequins, he said: "My Christmas just came early…"

The pair are embroiled in a long-running feud triggered by competition over viewing figures when Piers hosted ITV's breakfast show rival Good Morning Britain.

Katie McGlynn

CORONATION Street star Katie McGlynn insists she has no expectations – other than hoping she doesn't fall over mid-dance.

The soap actress – currently starring in Hollyoaks – first shot to fame in BBC drama Waterloo Road, which she appeared in until 2013 – when she joined Corrie as Sinead Tinker.

She had a tragic end to the ITV soap, with her character being killed off after a devastating cancer storyline in 2019.

Katie will be forced to come face to face with her ex-boyfriend – professional dancer Giovanni Pernice who she was linked to back in 2017 – shortly after he split from her co-star Georgia May Foote.

John Whaite

OVERWHELMED Bake Off winner John Whaite broke down in tears after announcing he'll dance in Strictly's first all-male partnership.

He said: "There will be kids watching thinking it’s OK to be who you are."

It comes after the BBC show's first female pairing Katya Jones and Nicola Adams went down a storm with viewers last year.

The English baker rose to fame after winning The Great British Bake Off's third series in 2012. 

He works as a chef, television presenter and author, but believes he “was born to be on that dance floor”.

Rose Ayling-Ellis

EASTENDERS star Rose Ayling-Ellis is Strictly's first ever deaf contestant.

She wants to shatter all the stereotypes of people with no hearing by taking home the glitterball.

And the 26-year-old is no stranger to making history since playing Frankie Lewis, who is also the soap’s first deaf character.

Setting her sights on winning the series, Rose said: “I’m so, so excited and I think it will be great to break the stereotype that people think that deaf people can’t enjoy music and learn to dance – so I’d better be able to dance."

Rhys Stephenson

CBBC presenter Rhys Stephenson will be quick-stepping onto our screens this series hoping to impress – just like his fellow children’s TV host Karim Zheroual, who was a finalist in 2019.

Rhys started his presenting career in 2013 on his university’s television channel, Smoke TV, and in the same year he went on to perform alongside Matt Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Jessica Hynes after joining the National Youth Theatre. 

He says: "I cannot wait to experience it all: the costumes, the orchestra, even Craig's glare! I am READY!"

Sara Davies

DRAGONS' Den star Sara Davies is hoping she'll end her Strictly stint with dance skills as good as she thinks they are when she's had a drink.

The businesswoman, 37, says being on Strictly "felt like a pipe dream" after watching the show since the first series.

Other than doing ballet as a little girl, Sara is a novice – and keen to take on a whole new challenge with her entrepreneurial spirit.

Ugo Monye

RUGBY Union star Ugo Monye is going to tackle his latest challenge by trying to get his hands on the glitterball after being signed up for this year’s Strictly.

Quickstepping ex-England winger Ugo, 38, will tackle the tango, the waltz and the foxtrot when the hit BBC show returns in the autumn.

He is going to be announced on The One Show officially tonight, but The Sun revealed his signing last month.

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