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Simon Rimmer is confirmed as the seventh celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing

13 August 2017, 07:02 | Edward Lowe

Strictly Come Dancing: Sunday Brunch star Simon Rimmer becomes the seventh celebrity to sign up for the BBC dancing show

Joe McFadden and Simon Rimmer announced for Strictly Come Dancing

Sequins at the ready ballroom fans because Sunday Brunch's Simon Rimmer has been announced as the seventh celebrity contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing!

Simon joins former Emmerdale actress Gemma Atkinson, The Saturdays star Mollie King, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, Holby city actor Joseph McFadden, Reverend Richard Coles and This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford in competing for the glitterball this autumn. "I think I'll be more ballroom than Latin".

"Spray tan and sequins are the thing I'm most looking forward to", Simon told his co-host Tim Lovejoy, who presented his pal with a tin of "Sunday Brunch fake tan" to celebrate.

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The chef has said that he has: "never ever danced in [his] life". I've always been a HUUUUGE fan of the show. The actor, who plays Raffaello "Raf" di Lucca in the BBC One medical drama, said: "Strictly is one of the biggest, most entertaining shows on TV and being asked to be part of it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I'm thrilled and terrified about in equal measures!"

He joked that since becoming a father, he has lost any co-ordination between the top half and bottom half of his body.

Strictly is filmed on a Saturday so Rimmer intends to continue work on Sunday Brunch throughout the competition, and he was set the target of reaching the round in Blackpool by Lovejoy.

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The news was announced during Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.

He has also written five books and owns nine restaurants in the North West of England and another in Dubai.

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