Nigel Harman stands as the thirteenth famed contestant to affirm his participation in the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing, the renowned entertainment spectacle crafted by BBC Studios. The highly anticipated series is set to make its return to both BBC One and BBC iPlayer this autumn, once again delivering a radiant blend of glitz, allure, and splendid dance performances to households nationwide.

Renowned as a versatile television, film, and theatre luminary, Nigel embarked on his journey in the world of acting at the tender age of eight. His artistic portfolio spans numerous television series, theatre productions, and occasional forays into the world of cinema. In his most recent ventures, he has graced the screen as Max Cristie in BBC’s Casualty, assuming the role of the new Clinical Lead at Holby ED. Notable appearances also include his portrayal of Dennis Rickman in EastEnders and his role in Downton Abbey. Beyond the screen, Nigel has commanded the stage, with memorable appearances in esteemed productions such as Guys and Dolls in the illustrious West End of London, and his involvement in both performing and directing Shrek the Musical for its UK tour. His cinematic endeavours encompass roles in acclaimed films like Blood Diamond, Telstar, and The Outsiders, a project featured on ITV.

Nigel’s remarkable portrayal of Dennis Rickman garnered him a slew of accolades, including the esteemed Most Popular Newcomer recognition at the National Television Awards. His theatrical prowess was further highlighted by an Olivier Award for his exceptional contribution to Shrek. When he isn’t gracing screens or stages, Nigel is deeply engrossed in the practice and teaching of meditation, sharing his insights on mindfulness.

Nigel Harman said: “I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show, I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it’s my turn… gulp!”

The announcement was unveiled on the 10th of August through ITV’s Lorraine.