The Strictly Come Dancing code name theme for 2017 has been revealed as classical gods and heroes.

Here are all the confirmed celebrities for Strictly this year, and what their code names are:

Susan Calman – Thalia

Thalia: the goddess that presided over earth's comedy, an obvious nod to Calman's stand-up career. Here's hoping her dancefloor moves won't make Calman a laughing stock on Saturday nights.

Aston Merrygold – Hermes

Hermes was the messenger of the gods but would also outwit them and was known as "the divine trickster"  – perhaps to match Aston's cheeky personality...? 

Simon Rimmer - Bacchus

Bacchus was the god of agriculture, wine and (weirdly) fertility. With Simon's background as a chef and restauranteur, he's surely the god of food and drink!

Joe McFadden - Morpheus

Joe was known as Morpheus behind the scenes before he was revealed as the sixth Strictly celebrity. Morpheus was the god of dreams. Perhaps because the Holby City star is so...dreamy?

Richard Coles - Zeus

"I think it's because I'm so old," said Richard when he was announced as a confirmed name for this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Surely it's because you're the King of the Gods, Richard?

Gemma Atkinson - Athena

Athena was the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, strategic warfare, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. So basically, a bit of absolutely everything! This name was chosen for Gemma as she trains daily – like many of the heroes and warriors Athena was patron to.

Ruth Langsford - Hera

Hera is known as the queen of the gods - and Ruth is the queen of daytime TV!

Davood Ghadami - Perseus

The EastEnders actor's nickname was one of Greek mythology’s greatest heroes. Perseus was also meant to be tall and athletic, so Davood certainly fits the bill! 

Also, Perseus was chosen for Davood as a nod to his Persian heritage, as apparently there is a suggestion that Perseus was the founder of Persia!

Mollie King - Clio

Clio was one of the nine Greek muses and the goddesses of music, song and dance and was considered to be the inventor of the guitar. Fittingly, Mollie not only writes music and is a former member of The Saturdays, but she also plays the guitar!


Every year, the Strictly producers come up with codes for the celebrities so that their identity behind the scenes isn't blown. In 2016, the theme was Shakespeare, while the cast of 2015 had Disney code names.

The mastermind behind the whole code name shebang is Strictly's talent executive Vinnie Shergill, who comes up with the theme and also all the names for the celebs.

Now we can't wait to see if there's a Zeus, Hercules and Apollo in the mix.

Strictly Come Dancing airs this autumn on BBC1.