Layton Williams joins Strictly Come Dancing line up

Layton Williams will be hitting the ballroom on Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The West End star is best known for giving performances as the title role in Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie.

Other stage shows also include Thriller Live, Rent, Hairspray and New Adventures.

On TV, he is best known for playing Stephen Carmichael in the Bad Education movie and recently rebooted series. Other TV features include Beautiful People, Benidorm, The Cleaner, and I Hate Suzie. Layton is also the voice over artist for the UK’s first gay dating show, I Kissed a Boy on BBC.

Signing up for the show, Layton Williams said: “Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!”

Layton has also revealed he’ll be dancing with a male professional on the series.

The performer said of his potential pro partner: “I’m happy so long as it’s a guy. I’ve said I want to dance with a man… I want to be flung around and wear some glittery costumes. That’s all I want.”

The news was revealed Friday evening on The One Show on BBC One.

More confirmed celebs for Strictly Come Dancing line up this year include actress Amanda Abbington. journalist Angela Rippon and broadcaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Strictly begins in the autumn on BBC One, fronted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke and Shirley Ballas will be back as judges this year.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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