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The 38-year-old trained barrister began starring in Judge Rinder in 2014, where he helps settle disputes of varying natures. These include consumer disputes, business and neighbourhood disputes and accusations of various levels of negligence.
Britain’s answer to Judge Judy joined the National Theatre at the age of 14 alongside David Walliams and Matt Lucas, but when he went to an audition with Cumberbatch, he decided to pack it in.
And it turns out Cumberbatch is not the only famous friend of Rinder, who recently revealed that he has also been friends with S Club 7’s Rachel Stevens since primary school.
BBC will be hoping some of his famous friends turn up for the live shows, we’re sure!
Judge Rinder Q&A
Why are you doing Strictly this year? I just love dancing. I think it’s pretty much the most fun you can have with your clothes on! And also I love learning a new skill. And it’s my Grandma’s favourite programme and I think it’s one of the three things that you can watch with the whole family, whatever your background, and just get into it. And I’m really, really looking forward to it! And you know, the literal, quite literal, cherry on the cake is meeting Oksana, who is quite the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Ever. Genuinely, ever. I feel like this dress, it ought to have its own parade!
How does it slot in with your career as a barrister? To some extent there’s always that concern that people might take the view if you’re doing jazz hands you can’t also do genocide trials. But the reality is I think that the show is watched by such a broad group of people, and with the support I’ve had from people at work and across the legal community, it’s been so great because, you know, they love it too. Judges aren’t just serious, they have fun in their private lives as well… sometimes perhaps a little too much fun.