Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Yorkshire presenter Dan Walker joins the contestants for latest series

Journalist and television presenter Dan Walker has been announced as the latest celebrity to join this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Dan Walker will take part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing
Dan Walker will take part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing

The Crawley-born presenter studied at the University of Sheffield and has lived in the city ever since.

Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn was also announced as joining the line-up, adding to TV presenter AJ Odudu, Peep Show’s Robert Webb, McFly star Tom Fletcher and Dragons’ Den investor Sara Davies.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

CBBC host Rhys Stephenson and former Bake Off winner John Whaite will also be taking to the dancefloor in the BBC One series, with Whaite set to compete as part of the show’s first all-male pairing.

Walker and McGlynn were revealed on BBC Breakfast and Walker’s participation was a surprise to his co-star Louise Minchin.

Read More

Read More
BBC presenter Dan Walker says he was ‘humbled’ by bravery of Gary Speed’s sons

Walker, who hosted Football Focus for 12 years before hanging up his boots at the end of last season, said: “I am definitely excited, a little bit worried, mostly terrified and a small part of me is considering going into hiding!

“My kids have only ever asked me to go on two shows… Saturday Mash Up and Strictly. I did Saturday Mash Up this summer so… it’s time to embrace the sequins.”

Actress McGlynn said: “It’s been so hard keeping it a secret, but I can finally say that I’m getting ready to shake my shimmy and become part of the Strictly family!

“I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.

“Although I do get to have so much fun as an actress, a lot of my roles have involved quite serious and challenging storylines, so I’m fully ready to let my hair down and do something different, even if it is completely outside of my comfort zone.

“I can’t promise that I’ll be the best, but I’m going to give it 110% on the dance floor! “As long as I don’t fall over I’ll be happy.”

McGlynn is best known for playing Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street, for which she was nominated for a Bafta.

She previously starred in Waterloo Road and currently stars in Hollyoaks as mysterious newcomer Becky Quentin.