BBC's blog

Property lawyer, entrepreneur and TV personality Nancy Dell’Olio hit the headlines when she moved to the UK with her then England football manager partner Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Since then the 50 year old has presented a show on MTV, launched her own lingerie range and even penned an autobiography.

Pop sensation Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been in the entertainment business since the 1960s. She is most famous for her hits Shout and Boom Bang-a-Bang, the latter winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1968.

Lulu has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music including David Bowie, Elton John and Take That. With her impressive career spanning decades, Lulu’s star appeal will surely shine through during the competition.

Jason Donovan is an Australian actor, singer, voice actor and West End star.

Australian model, actress and singer Holly Rachel Vukadinović is better known as Holly Valance.

Holly is well known for her international number one hit single Kiss Kiss’ and her role as Felicity ‘Flick’ Scully in Australian soap Neighbours. Valance has also appeared in numerous TV shows and films including CSI and Taken.

Holly is really excited be a part of Strictly this year and can’t wait to learn the Paso Doble.

Self-taught drummer Harry Judd shot to fame when his band McFly took the charts by storm with their first single 5 Colours In Her Hair. The track, as well as their debut album, went straight to number one.

The 25 year old is not shy of the dancefloor either, having notched up a victory on a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing for Children In Need, alongside partner Ola Jordan. 

Edwina Currie is a former MP and is renowned for being an opinionated and outspoken public figure.

She has since forged a career as a broadcaster and writer. She has written 10 books, including Diaries, which revealed a four year affair with former PM, John Major.

Dan Lobb is 39. He is a British TV presenter and a former professional tennis player.

He has presented on both Sky Sports and GMTV and from September 2011 will be the Friday host of ITV’s breakfast show Daybreak, alongside Kate Garraway. 

Chelsee Healey, 23, is an English actress best known for playing the character Janeece Bryant in the hit BBC1 series Waterloo Road.

The Manchester-born star has also made guest appearances in shows like Hollyoaks, Doctors and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Audley Harrison is a British Boxer from London.

At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Audley became the first British fighter to win an Olympic gold medal in the superheavyweight category.

Anita Dobson’s role as Angie Watts in EastEnders made her a household name. Her biggest storyline – in which on-screen husband Dirty Den handed her divorce papers on Christmas Day – still holds the record as the highest rating soap episode in British history, with approximately 30 million viewers.

Since leaving EastEnders, Anita has appeared in many film, television and theatre productions. She is married to legendary Queen guitarist, Brian May. 

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1