One of the UK’s leading actors, Colin Salmon has found fame alongside stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Dame Judi Dench. He has starred in three Bond films as Charles Robinson; Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough alongside numerous other TV and film roles including blockbuster Resident Evil and Doctor Who. An avid football supporter and once ranked in People magazine’s poll of 50 Most Beautiful People in the world, Colin could be set to thrill on the Strictly dance floor.
Johnny Ball is known to millions for popularising science and maths. With a career spanning over 40 years, he has written and presented 23 solo television series including Think Of A Number, Think Again, Johnny Ball Reveals All and presented Playschool for 17 years. Today he spends his time travelling the country giving presentations on maths and science to schools and businesses, plus he is proud dad of It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball. As the oldest ever contestant on Strictly will Johnny?s old school charm and experience see him through to the final?
British gymnast Louis Smith is a master of his craft after winning a silver medal on the pommel horse at this year?s London 2012 Olympics, narrowly missing out on the gold on execution points. He also formed part of the team that took the bronze in the men’s artistic team all-around at the games this year. Straight from London 2012, self-assured, determined and fresh from captaining this year?s men?s GB gymnastics team is Louis set for victory again?
Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan was ranked one of the best cricket players in the world following the 2002/3 Ashes, in which he scored 633 runs. He was the captain of the England team when they regained the Ashes in 2005, 18 years after having last won the trophy and captained England in 51 Tests, winning 26 (a national record). Now retired, Michael is a professional commentator for all of England?s major cricket games. But with cricketers Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough both winning in previous years, will Michael make it past the first innings or be stumped from the start?
Nicky Byrne is a singer/songwriter and one quarter of famous Irish pop band Westlife, one of the most successful bands of the 90s and 2000s. The group sold over 45 million records worldwide, accumulated 14 number-one singles in the UK and had 26 top ten singles over their 14 year career, performing for the last time together in June 2012. Will success be against all odds or will Nicky?s musical background and Irish charm see him through to the final?
Housewives favourite Richard Arnold is a firmly established journalist and presenter who became known as the cheeky showbiz reporter on GMTV. He appeared on the show for 13 years, leaving in 2010. He has hosted numerous shows since including Loose Lips, and The Planet?s Funniest Animals and also has a weekly column in Hello! magazine. In June 2012 he returned to ITV Breakfast as Showbiz Editor for Daybreak. Fun and flamboyant, will Richard have the insider scoop and impress the judges?
Actor Sid Owen is most famous for playing EastEnders character Ricky Butcher, the loveable, hapless mechanic and long suffering husband of Bianca. He played the character on and off for nearly 25 years until his recent departure in June 2012, making him one of the most recognizable faces on UK television. Sid previously ran a restaurant in France and became a published authored in 2007 with his cookery book Life on a Plate: The Journey of an Unlikely Chef – he?s a man that can sing, act and cook ? but can he dance?
Dani Harmer is best known for playing Tracy Beaker in the hit CBBC series The Story of Tracy Beaker. She played the character for over 10 years and picked up a children’s BAFTA award for Best Drama and a nomination for an RTE award for Best Drama. She has most recently starred in her own series Dani’s House. Determined, fun-loving and feisty she’ll give her all to the competition and is likely to be a bit of a handful for the judges!
Queen of Essex Denise Van Outen is a star of stage and screen. After beginning her career on The Big Breakfast she has since gone on to command lead roles in the West End and Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and starred in Legally Blonde The Musical. Sexy and self-assured, Denise is sure to set sparks flying on the dancefloor.
TV presenter and household name Fern Britton is no stranger to the dancefloor after she dazzled the judges in 2010 on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Best known for her presenting roles on This Morning and Ready, Steady, Cook, Fern is also a published author and her autobiography remained in the top ten best sellers list for twelve weeks. With a real love of all things ballroom, Fern may prove stiff competition on the dancefloor this series.
American model and actress Jerry Hall is no stranger to showbiz after becoming one of the top supermodels of the 70s and 80s. Her celebrity status rocketed even further after gracing magazine covers such as Vogue and high profile relationships with rock royalty. She has gone on to become an actress starring in films such as Batman and on stage in The Graduate and High Society. As she leaves the catwalk for the dancefloor will she captivate the fearsome judges with her Texan charm?
As one fifth of the biggest girl band in the UK, Girls Aloud, Kimberley Walsh has notched up 20 consecutive top ten singles (including four number ones), five platinum albums and sold in excess of 4.2 million albums. Most recently she has stormed the West End with a sellout performance as Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical. With her musical background, will she be turning the other competitors green with envy?
Lisa Riley became a household name as feisty barmaid Mandy Dingle in the ITV1 soap Emmerdale. Her popularity saw her take over from Jeremy Beadle as host of popular TV show You’ve Been Framed and go on to star in Fat Friends and Scott and Bailey. Lisa has also starred in a string of successful theatre tours including Calendar Girls and The Vagina Monologues. Lisa has a big personality and as an all-round performer, she is sure to keep the judges entertained.
Gold medal winner Victoria Pendleton MBE is the golden girl of British cycling. After winning nine world titles, including a record six in the individual sprint competition, she also went on to win a silver and gold in the London 2012 Olympics. Victoria is the reigning World Champion for the sprint and also an Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion. As she swaps her bike for the ballroom will Victoria’s competitive edge see her through to the final?