Deadly 60 presenter Steve Backshall joins Strictly Come Dancing 2014 line-up

The CBBC wildlife host, best known for tracking down the world’s deadliest creatures, will soon be setting his sights on the Glitter Ball Trophy


From great white sharks, to red back spiders, Steve Backshall is used to confronting the world’s deadliest creatures – but the host of CBBC wildlife series Deadly 60 says competing in Strictly Come Dancing could be his toughest challenge yet.


“My day job filming wildlife in jungles and swamps is nothing like as scary as what is ahead. I think Strictly Come Dancing is going to be my wildest challenge by far!” said Backshall, who announced he would be joining the Strictly line-up during an interview with BBC Breakfast on Bank Holiday Monday.

Backshall is a hero to many young viewers as the presenter of Deadly 60, in which he tracks down the world’s most dangerous animals, and its spin-off Deadly Pole to Pole, which takes him to some of the planet’s harshest environments.


He will join Frankie Bridge, Judy Murray, Alison Hammond, Thom Evans, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Sunetra Sarker and Jake Wood in this year’s battle for the Glitter Ball Trophy, with six more celebrities still to be confirmed.