Strictly in fresh fix row as Nigel Harman’s previous dance experience is revealed

Strictly Come Dancing has become embroiled in a new fix row after it was announced that the beloved EastEnders and stage icon Nigel Harman was the next celebrity to be taking part in this year's series.

The actor, who played Dennis Rickman on the BBC soap before the character was sadly killed off in a devastating New Year's Eve plot in 2006, has gone on to increase his talents more and more over the years.

From a villainous stint on period drama favourite Downton Abbey, to an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza in Guys and Dolls, the 49 year old actor continues to build on his skills.

But following the announcement that he will be taking a crack at ballroom and latin dancing on the hugely-popular BBC One competition, some viewers discovered that he had previous dance experience.

Nigel has danced in a number of productions so some could believe he'll have an unfair advantage when the series returns next month.

It follows previous murmurings over the signing of former Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas and the disapproval after West End theatre actor Layton Williams, who is also known for Netflix hit Sex Education, was announced to be taking part.

Angela Scanlon, known for presenting The One Show and other prime time programmes, was also revealed to have a history of dance experience and trained professionally.

Taking to Twitter upon hearing the latest news that Nigel had joined the cast, one fan said: "I've seen him in the West End. He was dancing his socks off!!"

But regardless, many fans were absolutely ecstatic to see Nigel has joined the line-up for this year.

"I am BEYOND excited that Nigel is doing Strictly this year," one person tweeted.

"I'm looking forward to Strictly a lot more now!!" another exclaimed.

A third wrote: "I’ll start watching Strictly again!! Last two series I only got as far as week 3 then I stopped!!! Love Nigel Harman. He’s a fantastic signing."

While a fourth feared: "Decent signing. Nigel will hopefully be better than he's making himself out to be on Lorraine rn…"

Speaking about the opportunity to take part in this year's series, Nigel admitted he's been struggling to take it in.

"I'm amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly," he told Christine Lampard on ITV's Lorraine. "As an armchair fan of the show, I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it's my turn…..gulp!"

Speaking about joining the line-up, Nigel then shared his worries over his abilities.

"In my mind, I think I'm a better dancer than my body is telling me," the actor added.

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