Strictly Come Dancing lineup: Who are the celebrities? All the rumours

Who will be strapping on the sequins and hitting the dancefloor in 2019? We round up all the rumours and latest news.

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed the offical lineup for the 2019 series - revealing all 15 celebrities who will be stutting their stuff on the dancefloor.

The full cast includes a Paralympic champion, a Viscountess, a CBBC star and an 80s British TV icon..

Who will take over as the Glitterball champions from 2018 winners Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton? Who will flop and be out in week one? It won't be long before the famous theme tune kicks in and we have a busy autumn of dancefloor drama.

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Strictly 2019 lineup: Confirmed cast

1. Emma Barton (EastEnders actress and stage star)

Emma Barton - The EastEnders actress is rumoured to be doing Strictly

An EastEnders cast member is an almost compulsory part of the Strictly cast and Honey Mitchell actress Emma Barton will be this year's contestant from Walford.

Swapping the Queen Vic for the cha cha cha, the soap star will be one of the early favourites thanks to EastEnders loyal fanbase.

"As possibly one of the biggest Strictly fans on the planet, I still can’t believe this is happening," said Barton.

"I’m very much a dance around your handbag kinda girl, but now I've been given this wonderful opportunity to learn all the different styles of dancing from the very best in the business. So, I’m whipping off Honey's Minute Mart tabard and diving right in to all the glitter and sparkle. From Albert Square to the Strictly dance floor - I just can’t wait!"

As well as many on screen roles, Emma is also an accomplished stage actress with theatre credits including: Roxie Hart in Chicago, Dolly in the National Theatre’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors; Vera in Doctor In The House; Lily in Annie; Marty in Grease; and Eileen in Over The Moon.

2. Chris Ramsey (Stand-Up Comedian, actor and podcaster)

Chris Ramsey signs up for Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The stand-up comic, sitcom star and popular podcaster will be bringing his warm sense of humour and cheekiness to the Strictly dancefloor.

"I'm both excited and absolutely terrified to be doing the show," said Ramsey. "You will not find me on the dance floor at parties, you will find me at the buffet table. All night.

"At my wedding I danced with my wife; that one song took about six months practice, and I definitely stood on her feet a couple of times. So I’m looking forward to the possibility of making a fool of myself in front of millions of people… there better be a buffet after the live shows."

Ramsey is a regular on panel shows such as Celebrity Juice, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and has presented his own series of Stand Up Central and The Chris Ramsey Show on Comedy Central.

His sell-out stand-up tours The Most Dangerous Man On Saturday Morning Television, Feeling Lucky, All Growed Up and The Just Happy To Get Out of The House Tour have made him one of the UK's most in-demand comics.

His podcast series Shagged, Married. Annoyed, which he co-presents with his wife Rosie, has been a smash hit in 2019.

3. David James (Former England goalkeeper)

Football legend David James is confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The first name confirmed for the 2019 series was the ex-England and Liverpool goalkeeper, who holds the record for the most Premier League clean sheets with 173.

"I'm really excited to be on Strictly this year," said James.

"Not just competing against this year's stars, but being compared to previous sport stars from previous Strictly seasons. I have some big shoes to fill, #LetsGetLive"

The footballer's career included playing for Watford and Portsmouth and playing at Euro 2004 and the 2010 World Cup.

A pundit for the BBC and BT Sport after retiring, James earned an MBE for his services to football and charity.

Outside of football, James has worked as a model for Giorgio Armani and is an avid artist, whose work was published in the children's book Harry's Magic Pockets: The Circus.

4. Saffron Barker (YouTube star)

Saffron Barker is the latest YouTube star to sign up for Strictly Come Dancing

Hoping to match the success of YouTube vlogger Joe Sugg, who reached the 2018 final, is online personality Saffron.

The 19-year-old has over 4 million followers across her social channels and averages 15 million views a month on YouTube.

"I am really excited to go on the Strictly journey and am feeling very grateful for the opportunity!" said Saffron.

"I'm looking forward to learning all of the dances, finding out who my partner is, getting to wear the costumes and to just experience this once in a lifetime opportunity."

Saffron has a Sunday Times bestselling book, Saffron Barker Vs Real Life, and has homeware ranges in Primark.

She is also a fundraiser for Make a Wish foundation and Dementia Revolution.

5. Catherine Tyldesley (Former Coronation Street actress)

Catherine Tyldesley will be doing Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The soap star was the fifth celebrity confirmed to be putting on their dancing shoes.

She previously revealed to Hello magazine that she was a massive fan on the show, but confessed her dancing skills only normally came out after a few drinks.

Tyldesley is best known for playing Eva Price between 2011 and 2018 in Coronation Street.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’m a huge fan of the show. It’ll be my biggest challenge to date as I’m not much of a dancer, but I’ve always wanted to learn the skill and the time feels right!" said the actress.

"I'm nervous as hell but super excited to work with such talented professionals. Hold onto your jazz shoes... mine is sure to be a bumpy/clumsy/fun ride!"

Tyldesley has also appeared in Channel 5 drama 15 Days, recently filmed BBC comedy series Scarborough, and has credits including BBC drama Lilies, Holby City, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Sorted, Florence Nightingale, Red Riding, Shameless and Trollied.

6. Mike Bushell (BBC Breakfast presenter)

Mike Bushell - The BBC Breakfast presenter joins the lineup

The sixth celebrity confirmed for series 17 is the BBC Breakfast sports expert Mike Bushell.

"I am so excited to be joining this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. I’ve heard so many wonderful things from colleagues over the years so thrilled I’m now getting the chance," said the broadcaster.

"I know I will completely throw myself into the whole experience and I’m sure will love it from start to finish. I may have tried and profiled over 500 sports over the years in my Saturday morning BBC Breakfast slot but think the Strictly challenge could be the greatest. Bring on the glitter!"

Bushell is possibly best known for an incident in 2018 while covering the Commonwealth Games. He fell into a swimming pool when interviewing a group of swimmers and the video was shared 11.5 million times in a day.

Mike presents the main sports bulletins of the day on BBC Breakfast, as well as profiling main stream sports events from the Olympics, Paralympics, the Winter games, Football World Cups, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. He's always up for a challenge, whether it be a game of tennis against Novak Djokovic, or trying to bowl out Alistair Cook.

For Comic Relief he also holds the unusual world record for crossing one mile of water in a large inflatable ball in 1 hour 57 seconds.

7. Karim Zeroual (CBBC presenter)

Karim Zeroual - The CBBC presenter signs up for Strictly 2019

A recognisable face to younger Strictly Come Dancing fans, Karim has been a CBBC presenter since 2014. He's also presented shows including A Week To Beat The World, BBC Young Dancer and Wimbledon Live.

He's a former West End child star, who appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium and The Lion King at the Lyceum.

His acting credits include The Sparticle Mystery, EastEnders and Da Vinci's Demons.

"To be offered the chance to take part in Strictly is dumbfounding, I’m pinching myself," said the TV star.

"I’m so excited to be Strictlified. I want the lot. The skimpiest of clothes, the widest of flares, the brightest of colours and the tallest Cuban heel a guy can find! The more flamboyant the better… sequins galore please!!"

8. Viscountess Emma Weymouth

Viscountess Emma Weymouth

A surprising leftfield pick for the new series is Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth.

A businesswoman, chef, model and philanthropist, she married Ceawlin Viscount Weymouth in 2013 and became the chatelaine of the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire.

In 2015 Emma launched Emma's Kitchen at Longleat, a space for her to share her love of food and cooking using the backdrop of the original kitchens within Longleat House.

She is a contributing editor for British Vogue, makes regular appearances as a guest chef on James Martin's Saturday Morning TV show and is a model and ambassador for various brands.

In the area of animal conservation Emma is particularly involved in Longleat's project to help save the Northern White Rhino and its work with the charity TUSK.

"I absolutely love watching Strictly every weekend and I can’t believe that I’m getting the chance to be on this series," said Emma. "I know it will be such an amazing experience from start to finish. I can’t wait for the dancing and the fabulous outfits!"

9. Will Bayley (Table Tennis paralympian)

Will Bayley MBE

Awarded an MBE for his services to table tennis and the current paralympic world champion, Will is taking a break from training for Tokyo 2020 to take part in Strictly,

"I'm so proud to be on the show, it’s my family's favourite show," said the table tennis champion.

"I have no dance experience at all, but I hope I can do well. I want to inspire people with a disability - that would mean a lot to me. I want to prove to people I can do this."

Will has suffered from arthrogryposis since birth, a rare condition which affects all four of his limbs. Will is classified as a Class 7 Paralympic athlete and was one of the stars of London 2012 and Rio 2016 games, winning consecutive silver and gold medals.

10. Michelle Visage (TV star)

Michelle Visage

The RuPaul's Drag Race judge and Seduction popstar will bring the glamour and sparkle to Strictly 2019.

"Getting to do Strictly in my favorite place on Earth is an actual dream!" said Visage.

"I'm so excited to show that being 50 doesn't mean life stops. Things may not work like they did when I was 20, but 50 also means 'FABULOUS!' There are plenty of women like me out there who still 'got it' and we still 'plan to use it!' so slap on the sequins, point me to the dance floor and watch me Paso my Doble!”

She will also be appearing on BBC Three this autumn in the first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK.

Michelle took part in series 15 of Celebrity Big Brother, was a judge on Ireland's Got Talent and starred in the West End as Miss Hedge in Everybody's Talking About Jamie earlier this year.

11. Jamie Laing (Made in Chelsea star)

Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing

The Made in Chelsea star and socialite is the 11th celebrity confirmed for the new series.

Laing found fame on the E4 reality series and is the heir to the McVitie's biscuit empire. He's previously taken part in reality shows including I'm a Celebrity, Celebrity Great British Bake Off and Celebrity Hunted.

"I am beyond thrilled to be asked to be on Strictly, the only person potentially more thrilled is my mother," said Laing.

"I have finally become the son she hoped for!"

Laing founded the sweets brand Candy Kittens in 2012.

12. Alex Scott (Footballer and pundit)

Footballer and pundit Alex Scott signs up to do Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The ex-England and Arsenal footballer is "buzzing" to be part of Strictly 2019.

"t’s the show I’ve always wanted to do and I can’t believe I’m finally going to be part of it," she said.

"I’m super excited, but also terrified at the same time. The football pitch is a bit less glam than the ballroom, but I’m ready to try the sequins and dresses! Bring it on!"

Since retiring from football in 2018, Alex has become a pundit on the BBC, Sky Sports and Match of the Day and was a key part of the 2018 World Cup coverage.

During her football career, Alex helped Arsenal win a domestic double of the FA Women’s Cup and the FA Women’s Premier League.

She was also a key figure in the historic quadruple season for Arsenal in which they won all their trophy competitions.

While playing for England, Alex travelled the world playing football, also representing Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

When she retired in 2017, Alex was the second most capped England player with 140 appearances.

13. Dev Griffin (Radio 1 DJ)

Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin will dance on Strictly Come Dancing 2019

The Radio 1 DJ, who began his career on BBC children's television, will leave the safety of the Radio 1 studios to strut his stuff on Saturday night TV to millions.

He hosted his own show on BBC’s 1Xtra, before landing a slot on BBC Radio 1. Dev did a long stint hosting early breakfast, warming the nation up for then host Chris Moyles who was later succeeded by Nick Grimshaw.

Dev later moved to host the much-coveted Weekend breakfast show before taking over the now hugely popular weekend afternoon shows on Radio 1 from 1-4pm with Alice Levine.

You may also have seen him on Celebrity MasterChef or Channel 4's SAS Who Dares Wins for Stand Up To Cancer.

Dev said: "I just can’t believe I’m doing Strictly, it just doesn’t feel real yet. It’s going to be so much fun, but just to be clear, I’m not doing this to take part, I’m totally in it to win it!

"I can’t wait to meet my partner and start practicing."

14. James Cracknell (Olympic rowing legend)

James Cracknell

Cracknell is a former World Champion and double Olympic Gold Medallist. He won Olympic Gold in both the 2000 Sydney Games alongside Steve Redgrave & Matthew Pinsent and the 2004 Athens Games.

The Olympic rowing legend split from his wife Beverley Turner earlier this year.

James said: "I'm really looking forward to being a part of Strictly this year. Having spent so many years mucking around in a rowing boat with big men in tight lycra, it’s time I learned a new skill. I need to apologise to my kids in advance for the embarrassment."

Since retiring James has carried out dangerous and gruelling challenges including The Race Across the Atlantic, where he and Ben Fogle finished first, and the Yukon Arctic Ultra, cycling over 430 miles in the race across the frozen Alaskan countryside becoming the highest placed Briton ever finishing 12th.

In 2010, James attempted to cross America by cycling, running, rowing and swimming in record time. It was during this trip that James suffered a near fatal accident after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona. After a difficult six-month recovery period, James went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth.

He has more recently become the oldest ever Boat Race champion at 46 as part of Cambridge University’s crew as they rowed to victory at the 165th Boat Race.

He has also just finished studying for his Masters in Philosophy from Cambridge University.

15. Anneka Rice (TV and radio presenter)

Anneka Rice - TV and radio presenter

The 60-year-old TV and radio presenter is the final celebrity confirmed for the 2019 series.

"I haven't danced since I was seven and Miss Beer sent me home from my ballet class because I was hopelessly uncoordinated," she said.

"My family and friends haven’t seen me dance since, not at a wedding or round a handbag so it’s going to be a challenge for my partner. In fact I’ve asked for two, one on each side. I can’t see myself in a long frilly dress either. But I’m feeling recklessly excited. Strictly has always been my Autumn’s entertainment and now I’m part of it! My children will probably leave the country."

Anneka Rice shot to fame in this country as the sky-runner in Channel 4's Treasure Hunt.

She also presented Sporting Chance, TV-am, Driving Force, Wish You Were Here, Capital Woman, Combat, Holiday, Hell’s Kitchen, The Royal Variety Performance and numerous other shows.

She went on to devise the award-winning Challenge Anneka for BBC One, shining a spotlight on issues like disability, homelessness and animal welfare and has raised millions of pounds worth of supplies and services for charities and communities.

Her radio work includes the Radio 2 Saturday Breakfast Show which she presented for six years; Pick Of The Week, Friday Night Is Music Night, The Arts Show, Sunday Love Songs, Loose Ends, and the award-winning podcast Fortunately..

When is Strictly Come Dancing back on TV?

The show will return with the launch episode in September. A likely start date is Saturday, September 7th, but that hasn't been officially confirmed by the BBC.

Who are the 2019 Strictly Come Dancing judges?

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas

Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood return for another series of bickering and dancefloor musings, alongside head judge Shirley Ballas.

Darcey Bussell has quit the show after seven years and the BBC are currently casting for her replacement.

Motsi Mabuse - the sister of pro dancer Oti - is the new fourth judge on the panel. She's previously been a judge on the German version of the show.

Who are the 2019 pro dancers?

Anton Du Beke - Strictly Come Dancing

The professional dancers cast is the same as last year, except for Pasha Kovalev, who has quite after eight years on the series. He won series 12 with Caroline Flack and reached the 2018 final with Ashley Roberts.

Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden, Karen Clifton, Janette Manrara, Anton Du Beke, Oti Mabuse, Kevin Clifton, AJ Pritchard, Gorka Marquez, Giovanni Pernice, Aljaz Skorjanec, Katya Jones, Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Graziano Di Prima, Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk will all be back in 2019.

The show will have one new professional dancer in 2019, China-born Latin star Nancy Xu. She will not have a celebrity partner in her first series on the show, but will appear in the group professional dancer routines.

A finalist on So You Think You Can Dance in her home country, she has also performed in the West End and Broadway show Burn The Floor. 

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Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the previous winners?

2004 - Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
2004 - Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett
2005 - Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova
2006  - Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy
2007 - Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler
2008 - Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
2009 - Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan
2010 - Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
2011 - Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
2012 - Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace
2013 - Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Škorjanec
2014 - Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
2015 - Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
2016 - Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
2017 - Joe McFadden and Katya Jones

Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley - Strictly Come Dancing's 2018 champions

Reigning Champions - 2018: Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the presenters?

Tess Daly will be back for her 17th series and will be joined by Claudia Winkleman for her sixth series on the main show.

Zoe Ball is also back on BBC Two spin-off series It Two Two, every weeknight in the autumn. She will be joined this year by co-presenter Rylan Clark.

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