Broadcaster Helen Skelton has signed on to take part in the BBC One show months after she split from her former husband
Skelton will join other famous faces to dress in sequins, don her dancing shoes and hit the dance floor when the BBC series returns to our screens later this year.
Fans are excited to see the broadcaster learn to dance with the help of a professional partner – although who she will be paired with will not be revealed until the show launches.
So who is Skelton, why did she sign up to compete in Strictly Come Dancing and who is her ex-husband? Richie Myler?
Here’s everything you need to know.
Who is Helen Skelton?
Skelton, 39, started her television career in children’s television and many will recognize her from her days as the presenter of Newsround and Blue Peter at the BBC.
Her full name is Helen Elizabeth Skelton and she was born on 19 July 1983 in Carlisle, Cumbira.
She presented Blue Peter for five years, from 2008 to 2013, during which time she took on some notable challenges, including competing in the Namibia Ultra Marathon, cycling to the South Pole and kayaking 2018 miles down the Amazon.
She has since also become a regular face on various channels, presenting shows including Countryfile, several major sporting events for BBC Sport, ITV’s Lorraine, BT Sport’s FA Women’s Super League football matches, Channel’s Rugby League Super League coverage 4 and Inside The Superbrands in addition to the hugely successful On The Farm series for Channel 5 and a regular on ITV Tonight.
Skelton is not only a TV presenter, she is also a radio host.
She has filled in for Dermot O’Leary and OJ Borg on BBC Radio 2 and has presented various programs on BBC Radio 5 Live.
She has also just been announced as the presenter of the revamped BBC Radio 5 Sunday morning live show.
Multi-talented Skelton has also published a novel, Amy Wild: Amazon Summer. And wild girl. An adventure guide.
Why did Helen Skelton sign up for Strictly Come Dancing 2022?
Skelton said she signed up for Strictly Come Dancing 2022 because she wanted a “new adventure.”
She said: “I’m really looking forward to embarking on a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.”
Speaking on Claudia Winkleman’s BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday August 13, when her participation in the show was announced, Helen revealed that she had only recently agreed to do the show, but said that she herself after taking part in the 2012 Christmas special, I really wanted to register.
She said: “Who gets to go to work and look a little like Beyonce and have a fun time?”
Who is Richie Myler?
Skelton was previously married to 32-year-old England rugby international team player Richie Myler, who currently plays for Yorkshire club Leeds Rhinos.
They got engaged in March 2012 and married in December 2013, but they announced their split via Instagram in April 2022.
The couple have three children together.
Skeleton gave birth to their first child, a boy named Ernie, on June 19, 2015.
Their second son Louis was born in April 2017 and their first daughter Elsie Kate was born on December 28, 2021.
Myler is now in a relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, daughter of Leeds Rhinos President Andrew Thirkill.
The couple took to Instagram to share some beloved photos of them together, confirming their relationship in July 2022.