Amanda Abbington, a renowned stage and screen actor, is set to make her debut as the first celebrity contestant in the upcoming season of Strictly Come Dancing. The much-awaited entertainment show, produced by BBC Studios, is scheduled to return to both BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year, promising to once again enchant audiences with its glitz, glamour, and sensational dancing.

Amanda Abbington boasts an impressive acting career, having showcased her talents in some of the UK’s most beloved drama TV series, including Sherlock, Mr Selfridge, Wolfe, and Desperate Measures.

Additionally, she has earned accolades for her lead role in the series The Net and her performance in the feature film The Lost King. With an illustrious television acting journey spanning three decades, she has also graced the stages of prestigious theatres across the nation.

Notably, her portrayal of Mary Morstan in Sherlock earned her the prestigious Best Supporting Actress award at the Crime Thriller Awards, while also garnering nominations at the Critic’s Choice Television Awards for her outstanding performance in the same role. Recently, she dazzled audiences with her appearance in the West End transfer of Steven Moffat’s The Unfriend.

With Amanda Abbington’s extraordinary talents and her dancing prowess soon to be on display in Strictly Come Dancing, fans and viewers can expect an electrifying season filled with entertainment and excitement.

Amanda Abbington says: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to do Strictly. I’m actually really shy and self-conscious so this will be a great opportunity for me to overcome those things! Plus, I get to learn to dance which I am incredibly excited about. I’m really looking forward to the training too, I’m quite competitive as my family and friends will tell you. I can’t wait to start!”

The news was revealed on Friday 4 August on The One Show on BBC One.