Joe McFadden is confirmed as sixth celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing 2017

The former Heartbeat star said he was "thrilled and terrified" about signing up for series 15 of Strictly

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Joe McFadden is the sixth celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

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The news was announced on the official Strictly Twitter feed on Saturday morning, confirming that the Holby City actor was taking to the ballroom.

Joe is the latest name to be announced after the Rev Richard Coles was confirmed for the ballroom, as well as former Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson, EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami, The Saturdays singer Mollie King and This Morning presenter Ruth Langsford were all unveiled for Strictly’s 15th series.

So, who else has signed up? Rumours about which celebrities are taking part in series 15 are rife, with names including Alexandra Burke, Matt Goss, Samantha Womack, Anne Robinson and Olly Murs currently being reported for the show this year.

We do, however, know who’ll be hosting: presenting duo Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman will return alongside judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. And, of course, there’ll be no Len Goodman this year, with the retiring judge being replaced by Shirley Ballas.

Ballas won’t be the only new face on the show – Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell and Amy Dowden are joining the line-up of professional dancers after Joanne Clifton and Oksana Platero left the series.

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Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC1 this autumn