Ellie Simmonds indicators up for Strictly with 4ft Paralympian hero beginning rehearsals this month

PARALYMPIC swimming star Ellie Simmonds has signed as much as Strictly Come Dancing in a brand new first for the TV present.

The 27-year-old has a sort of dwarfism known as achondroplasia and is 4ft.


4ft Ellie Simmonds is about to star on the brand new sequence of StrictlyCredit: PA

A supply stated: “Ellie is an actual Strictly fan and has been within the studios to look at the dwell present.

“She can’t wait to get began in rehearsals this month.

“She has at all times been acutely aware of how vital it’s to see incapacity on TV, and he or she is eager to be a part of that and encourage as many individuals as doable.

“But she can also be hoping to have lots of enjoyable, and to embrace the problem of studying to bop.”

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Ellie was simply 13 when she received gold medals in Beijing in 2008 and have become the youngest ever recipient of an MBE a yr later.

She went on to win 9 titles and 15 extra medals earlier than retiring after the 2020 Tokyo video games.

She was awarded an OBE in 2013 and lately fronted BBC documentary Ellie Simmonds: A World Without Dwarfism?

In April Ellie praised 2021 winner Rose Ayling-Ellis for representing the deaf group and added: “There ought to be far more acceptance and consciousness of being completely different.

This helps kids realise incapacity is simply part of regular society.”

Disabled celebs have appeared on the present earlier than, however Ellie would be the first star with dwarfism.

Neither her consultant or the BBC needed to remark.

So far stars confirmed for the present are Will Mellor, Kym Marsh, DJ Richie Anderson, Loose Women’s Kaye Adams and comedian Jayde Adams.

The Sun on Sunday revealed final month that Arsenal legend Tony Adams had signed up.

Kym Marsh made her name on another talent show, on Pop Stars


Kym Marsh made her title on one other expertise present, on Pop StarsCredit: RexLoose Women's Kaye Adams has signed up to Strictly


Loose Women’s Kaye Adams has signed as much as StrictlyCredit: RexRadio 2 DJ Richie Anderson is also busy preparing for the new series


Radio 2 DJ Richie Anderson can also be busy making ready for the brand new sequenceCredit: AlamyTwo Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor has signed up as a contestant


Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps actor Will Mellor has signed up as a contestantComedian Jayde Adams has been a fan of Strictly for years


Comedian Jayde Adams has been a fan of Strictly for yearsCredit: GettyFormer England international Tony Adams is swapping the pitch for the ballroom


Former England worldwide Tony Adams is swapping the pitch for the ballroomCredit: Getty

Cha-cha probability assembly of professional’s

STRICTLY’S professional dancers are on glowing type as they pose collectively after every week of rehearsals for the subsequent sequence.

Katya Jones and Dianne Buswell have been with colleagues together with Jowita Pryzstal, Nancy Xu, and present newcomers Lauren Oakley and Michelle Tsiakkas.

Strictly's professional dancers pose together ahead of new season


Strictly’s skilled dancers pose collectively forward of recent seasonCredit: James Curley

Katya, 33, shared the snap on Instagram with the caption: “The gang.”

Meanwhile, pal Dianne, additionally 33, shared snaps of the ladies having fun with end-of-week cocktails in a bar.

The BBC confirmed the dance present’s launch will likely be recorded on September 7, prompting hypothesis it can air on September 10.


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