Strictly Come Dancing 2022: Kym Marsh & Will Mellor in lineup

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The first two candidates for the cast of this year’s most popular dance reality show have been announced

It has been revealed that the couple are among the cast members of this year’s popular show, dubbed Strictly by fans BBC breakfast.

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The show, in which professional dancers teach famous faces how to perform a variety of Latin and ballroom dances, is set to return BBC One in September, and this year’s series will be the 19th.

So who are Marsh and Mellor, who are they both married to and what have they said about appearing on the show?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Actors Kym Marsh and Will Mellor have been announced as the first two celebrities to attend this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Who is Kym Marsh?

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Kym Marsh is an actress, television presenter and singer, best known for her role as Michelle Connor on the ITV soap Coronation Street (2006 to 2019).

She first came to public attention in 2000 when she auditioned for the reality TV show Popstars. Marsh was one of five singers selected as the show’s winners and formed the pop band Hear’Say.

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The band’s first single, Pure and Simple, went to number one, but Marsh left the band in 2002.

As well as taking on a long-running role on Coronation Street, Marsh has also appeared on the BBC soap Doctors and also on the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks: In the City.

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She began presenting BBC talk show Morning Live on BBC One in 2021.

She won the British Soap Award for Best Newcomer at the British Soap Awards 2007, won the Newcomer category at the National Television Awards 2007 and was nominated for Best Female Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards 2017.

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In 2010, the now 46-year-old placed fourth on Popstar to Operastar, a reality show in which well-known pop stars are trained to sing opera.

Who is Kym Marsh’s husband?

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Kym Marsh is married to Army Major Scott Ratcliff.

Her full legal name is Kimberley Gail Ratcliff, but she still uses her maiden name Marsh professionally.

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The couple announced their engagement in June 2021 and married in October of the same year.

She was previously married to Eastenders actor Jack Ryder (2002 to 2009) and Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas (2012 to 2014).

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Marsh has four children and one grandson, with another grandchild on the way.

Her eldest son David Ryan Cunliffe (27) and daughter Emilie Mae Cunliffe (25) are from her relationship with Dave Cunliffe.

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She has two children with Jamie Lomas. Archie Jay Lomas died seconds after birth in 2009 and Polly Lomas, who is now 11 years old, was born in 2011.

In May 2019, Marsh became a grandmother when her daughter Emilie gave birth to a son.

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She will become a grandmother for the second time in August as her son David and fiancé Courtney are expecting.

What did Kym Marsh say about Strictly?

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Kym Marsh said she was “delighted” to be a part of this year’s series.

“I thought about doing Strictly for years, but the timing never worked. I’m so glad they have this year.

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“I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’ll be watching from home in my pajamas and actually dancing in front of the judges in a glitter dress, it’s unreal!”

Who is Will Mellor?

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Will Mellor, also 46, is an actor and singer.

He is known for his roles as James “Jambo” Bolton in Hollyoaks (1995 to 1998), Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints ​​of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001 to 2011) and Steve Connolly in Broadchurch (2013).

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In 2021 he appeared as Harvey Gaskell on the ITV soap Coronation Street.

Alongside his acting career, Will reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart in 1998 with “When I Need You”.

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He recently toured the UK with a live version of the popular podcast, which he co-hosts with Ralf Little, an actor from Two Pints ​​of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Two Pints ​​with Will and Ralf.

Who is Will Mellor’s wife?

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Mellor has been married to wife Michelle McSween for 15 years.

Mellor met dancer McSween while they performed together in the 1999 stage musical Oh, What a Night.

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They married in 2007 and have two children; Jayden Will Mellor, 18, and Renee Mellor, 14.

What did Will Mellor say about Strictly?

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Will Mellor said he was “satisfied” to be taking part in his mother’s favorite show.

“I’m honestly so thrilled to be attending Strictly Come Dancing this year.

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“I’m not going to lie, it’s completely out of my comfort zone and I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but that’s what life is about.

“It’s my mom’s favorite show too and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing it for her too. Bring it on!”

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