Layton Williams, a renowned film and theatre actor, has been announced as one of the celebrities joining the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing. The popular entertainment show, produced by BBC Studios, is set to return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn, promising to once again captivate audiences with its dazzling dance performances.

With an impressive career in both stage and screen, Layton has made a name for himself in London’s West End, earning accolades for his outstanding portrayals of characters such as Billy Elliot and Everyone’s Talking About Jamie. He has also graced the stage in productions like Thriller Live, Rent, Hairspray, and New Adventures. On television, Layton is recognized for his role as Stephen Carmichael in the Bad Education movie and its rebooted series, along with appearances in shows like Beautiful People, Benidorm, The Cleaner, and I Hate Suzie. Notably, Layton serves as the voiceover artist for the groundbreaking UK’s first gay dating show, I Kissed a Boy on BBC.

Beyond his impressive acting career, Layton is the driving force behind the performing arts company ‘Pros from the Shows,’ aspiring to inspire and nurture the next generation of performers. His commitment to the industry and advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community has earned him several prestigious awards, including multiple Black British Theatre Awards and an Attitude Award.

Layton Williams says: “Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!”

The announcement of Layton’s participation in Strictly Come Dancing was made on The One Show on BBC One, during the evening of Friday 4 August. Fans and viewers can eagerly anticipate witnessing Layton’s extraordinary dancing talents and captivating performances in the show’s upcoming season.