Emmerdale’s Andy Sugden Joins Strictly 2019
Former Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher will be joining BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing 2019
Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher, best known for playing Andy Sugden on the ITV soap from 1996 to 2016, has been confirmed to be joining the celebrity line-up of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Kelvin will replace Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea, who had to withdrawn due to injury.
Kelvin said: “Is this really happening?! It’s been the most surreal week of my life! I’m a massive fan of Strictly so it’s incredible. I’m so happy that I can be a part of it. But at the same time it’s quite bittersweet! I’m coming in on the back of Jamie’s injury – I keep thinking about him! I can’t imagine going through all this excitement and then having to pull out. My thoughts are with him – he seems like a fantastic guy and I hope he’s doing OK.”
Kelvin will be partnered with professional dancer Oti Mabuse and will feature in the first live show on BBC One on Saturday 21st September.
He joins fellow former soap stars Catherine Tyldesley, best known for playing Eva price in Coronation Street, and Emma Barton, who plays Eastenders’ Honey Mitchell.
Kelvin left Emmerdale in 2016 and has since filmed his first lead in a feature-length WW2 film as well as a new Scottish series The Shore. As well as appearing in the 2019 version of The Real Full Monty, Kelvin has also found success in motorsport as a racing driver in the British GT Championship.
He is not the first Emmerdale star to appear on Strictly. He follows in the dance shoes of Lisa Riley (Mandy Dingle), Gemma Atkinson (Carly Hope), Claire King (Kim Tate), and Patsy Kensit (Sadie King).
Kelvin’s partner Oti Mabuse is also a judge of The Greatest Dancer and has been a Strictly professional since 2015. Her first partner was Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo, followed by former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac in 2016, the couple reaching the final and finishing as runners-up. In 2017, she was partnered with Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock, while in 2018 she was paired with England cricketer Graeme Swann.
This is the 17th series of Strictly Come Dancing, with the competition starting in earnest on Saturday 21st September on BBC One.