Strictly stars announced for new series

Strictly Come Dancing line-up announced, (below) favourite Rachel Riley and Dave Myers who is aiming to make it to Blackpool.
Strictly Come Dancing line-up announced, (below) favourite Rachel Riley and Dave Myers who is aiming to make it to Blackpool.
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The line-up of celebrities that will take to the floor in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing has been revealed.

And maths boffin Rachel Riley has been installed as favourite to win after clocking up some impressive figures of her own on Countdown.

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley

She will take on the likes of Hairy Biker Dave Myers, fashion designer Julien Macdonald and singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the new series which has its launch at the weekend.

Riley, a 27-year-old Oxford graduate, has been placed as the early favourite at 4-1 by bookmaker William Hill, with model Abbey Clancy - wife of soccer star Peter Crouch - close behind at 5-1.

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers says he is looking forward to layering on the fake tan as he immerses himself in Strictly Come Dancing.

The long-haired, bearded star - who is not know for being particularly image-conscious - also says he is up for anything and is prepared to be dressed in glitter.

Dave Myers

Dave Myers

Myers, 55, said his ambition is to make it as far as the heat at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom, which he visited as a child and which is down the coast of north west England from his home in Barrow-in-Furness.


Abbey Clancy - The 27-year-old shot to fame as runner-up on Britain’s Next Top Model. The wife of footballer Peter Crouch, she has ranked in FHM’s world’s 100 sexiest women.

Ashley Taylor Dawson - The 31-year-old is one of Hollyoaks’ longest-serving cast members, playing bad lad Darren Osborne. He had a previous brush with fame as a member of pop band allSTARS*.

Ben Cohen - The 34-year-old former rugby World Cup champion retired from the sport to concentrate on running his charitable foundation, combating bullying and homophobia, in 2011.

Dave Myers - Myers, 55, best known as one half of the Hairy Bikers, is hoping that having shed three stone will help him in the competition.

Deborah Meaden - Multi-millionaire Meaden, 54, who shot to fame on Dragons’ Den, previously took part in Let’s Dance for Comic Relief.

Fiona Fullerton - Former Bond girl Fullerton, 56, is best known for playing KGB spy Pola Ivanova in 1985 film A View To A Kill.

Julien Macdonald - Macdonald, 42, is the first fashion designer to compete on Strictly and said that he could not wait for the tables to be turned and for someone else to pick his wardrobe.

Mark Benton - The Waterloo Road actor said that he has been waking up at 6am with cold sweats.

Natalie Gumede - The 29-year-old actress is best known for playing Kirsty Soames in Coronation Street - a role which won her two gongs at the Soap Awards.

Patrick Robinson - The 49-year-old played charge nurse Martin “Ash” Ashford for more than six years on medical drama Casualty. In 2013, 17 years after leaving the drama, he returned to the series as a doctor.

Rachel Riley - The 27-year-old Countdown maths whizz has starred in more than 1,000 episodes of the Channel 4 show.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - The 34-year-old singer, whose mother Janet Ellis is a former Blue Peter presenter, enjoyed chart success with Murder On The Dancefloor.

Susanna Reid - The 42-year-old BBC Breakfast host is no stranger to the dancefloor having performed in the 2011 Children In Need newsreaders challenge.

Tony Jacklin - The 69-year-old former golfer is a legend in the game having been Ryder Cup captain four times. Now retired, he uses his expertise to design courses around the world.

Vanessa Feltz - The 51-year-old presenter has been a regular on television and radio for years including an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.