Who is Charles Venn? Meet the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant and Casualty star

The BBC has plundered its medical dramas once again for the Strictly line-up.

Strictly Come Dancing is back! The BBC has revealed that Charles Venn will be stepping out on the dancefloor this year – get to know him a little better.

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: Charles Venn was named as the final male celebrity to be taking part in Strictly on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, August 21.

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Age: 45

Occupation: Actor

Best known for: Charles is currently starring as Jacob Masters in Casualty, which along with its sister show Holby City has provided some top Strictly stars over the years.

Previous contestants from the two dramas have included Patrick Robinson, Tom Chambers, Sunetra Sarker, Chizzy Akudolu, and of course last year’s winner, Joe McFadden, so Charles is sure to have plenty of people to ask for dancing advice.

Before Casualty, Charles has also had some other high-profile roles. He played Ray Dixon in EastEnders, Curtis Alexander in Dream Team and Tremaine Gidigbi in Footballers’ Wives.

 

Despite being one of the strongest dancers in the contest, Charles' early weeks on Strictly were blighted by being in the bottom two, even though he had competently managed the routines.

 

However, he broke his run of scoring 25 every week by a huge 11 points in week five, with the show's first-ever street/commercial dance.

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He said: “It truly is a pleasure to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. To be associated with a show that has such a huge following excites and scares me in equal measure! Dancing on Strictly is going to be quite a challenge but life’s all about testing yourself so there’s lots to look forward to. Let the games begin!”

 

Strictly partner: Karen Clifton

 

Weekly dances and scores:

 

Week 1 - Cha Cha to Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use) - 25

 

Week 2 - Quickstep to Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder - 25

Week 3 - American Smooth to Up Where We Belong from An Officer and a Gentleman - 25

Week 4 - Salsa to Use It Up and Wear It Out by Odyssey - 25

Week 5 - Couples Choice: Street/Commercial to Get Up Off That Thing by James Brown - 36

Week 6 - Jive to Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 25

 

Week 7 - Viennese Waltz to Piano Man by Billy Joel - 28

Week 8 - Charleston to No Diggity by Minimatic - 35

Week 9 - Samba to La Bamba by Connie Francis - 38

Week 10 - Tango to Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles - 30, Lindy Hop-a-thon - 3 (out of 7), combined total - 33

 

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in September.

 

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