Who is Kelvin Fletcher? Meet the Strictly 2019 stand-in contestant, actor and racing driver

One reality star’s misfortune is another soap actor’s lucky day as Strictly brings in a replacement celeb.

Just when we thought we had the whole Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up confirmed, Jamie Laing injuring his foot in the launch show threw a spanner in the works.

The Made in Chelsea star is now out of the competition – but thankfully, were not a contestant down as understudy Kelvin Fletcher has stepped up to fill his dance shoes.

[Read more: Strictly is bittersweet because of Jamie Laing's injury]

Revealed as a Strictly contestant: This is a momentous series for Strictly, as it’s the first time producers have had to bring in one of their reserves after the confirmed celebs had started filming.

Jamie Laing had already taken part in the pre-recorded launch show, but he injured his foot in the group dance and had to drop out just two days before the episode aired.

After the launch show had gone out, Kelvin Fletcher was announced as Jamie’s replacement.

Age: 35

Occupation: Actor and racing driver

Best known for: Kelvin played popular character Andy Sugden in Emmerdale for 20 years. His character had a chequered romantic history, including a long-running on-off affair with his own stepsister, before finally leaving the village in 2016.

As well as his acting work, Kelvin is also a professional racing driver and competes in the British GT Championships.

[Read more: Jamie Laing pulls out of Strictly over injury]

He said: “I'm overwhelmed by the response I've been receiving so far. I can't believe it, it's a dream come true.

"Those who know me, after a few beers, I love music and I love to dance, but that doesn't mean I'll be any good!

"Once you put choreography and a few dance moves, who knows?

“Jamie, if you're watching this, I wish you all the best with your recovery. I'm sorry it's in these circumstances."

Strictly partner: Oti Mabuse

Instagram: @kelvin_fletcher

Strictly Come Dancing’s live shows begin on Saturday, September 21 on BBC One.

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