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In Pictures: This year’s Strictly Come Dancing contestants

Fifteen celebrities are taking part in the BBC competition.

Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley is among the Strictly contestants this year (Matt Crossick/PA)
Former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley is among the Strictly contestants this year (Matt Crossick/PA)

All of the contestants for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing have now been revealed.

The 2019 crop includes soap stars, sports stars, a Viscountess and a YouTuber.

Here are the 15 hopefuls:

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Goalkeeper David James won 53 England caps and has played for teams including Liverpool, Aston Villa and Portsmouth (Jonathan Brady)
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Chris Ramsey is a comedian, TV star and podcaster (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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EastEnders veteran Emma Barton is a self-confessed Strictly super-fan (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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YouTube star Saffron Barker has an impressive four million followers on social media (Ian West/PA)
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Catherine Tyldesley will swap the Corrie cobbles for the Strictly dancefloor (Matt Crossick/PA)
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Mike Bushell presents sports bulletins on BBC Breakfast (Ian West/PA)
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Children’s TV star Karim Zeroual is hoping to see “sequins galore” (BBC/PA)
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Emma Thynn, Viscountess Weymouth. She is a chef, while her family runs Longleat safari park (Ian West/PA)
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Michelle Visage is a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race (Matt Alexander/PA)
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Table tennis Paralympic champion Will Bayley (Adam Davy/PA)
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Jamie Laing has starred in E4’s structured reality series Made In Chelsea since 2011 (Chris J Ratcliffe/PA)
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Former Arsenal and England player Alex Scott is now a football pundit (Mike Egerton/PA)
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Dev Griffin presents BBC Radio 1’s weekend afternoon show (Ian West/PA)
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Olympic rower James Cracknell will take to the dancefloor (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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TV veteran Anneka Rice will take up a new challenge on Strictly (Ian West/PA)

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