Meet Ellie Taylor: Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant
The comedian and Ted Lasso star is hoping to impress with her fancy footwork
It’s the second week of Strictly Come Dancing, and the 15 celebrity contestants are once again gearing up to showcase their stuff on the dance floor in front of four formidable judges and millions of viewers at home.
In the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up is comedian and actor Ellie Taylor. You’ll doubtless recognise the star from her many stand-up appearances, her stints on satirical shows The Daily Mash and Late Night Mash and her role on the wildly successful Apple TV+ comedy Ted Lasso.
Taylor previously said she has wanted to appear on the show "forever" and is excited "to find the joy in dance", but has stipulated that she will need "a tall patient person" as her partner - so it's a good job she has been paired with last year's finalist, Johannes Radebe.
Last week, the pair stunned with a Quickstep to I Am What I Am by Klaus Hallen Tanzorchester - and this week, the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 songs and dances list tells us they will perform the Paso Doble to Les Toreadors by Georges Bizet.
Here’s everything you need to know about Taylor...
Who is Ellie Taylor?
Job: Comedian, broadcaster, writer and actor
Ellie Taylor began her career as a stand-up comedian after appearing on ITV’s Show Me the Funny.
She has gone on to write and perform five stand-up specials, Elliementary (2015), Infidelliety (2016), This Guy (2017–2018), Cravings (2019), which was featured in Netflix’s Comedians of the World series, and Don't Got This (2019-2021).
However, she is best known for her appearances on the BBC’s Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and The Mash Report, and Late Night Mash on Dave.
Most recently, she appeared as a co-host on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down.
She also starred in Apple TV’s hit comedy series Ted Lasso, in which she portrayed Flo ‘Sassy’ Collins, Rebecca’s best friend and Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis) on/off love interest.
In 2021, she published her debut book, My Child and Other Mistakes, which became a Sunday Times bestseller.
Ellie's Strictly journey
Week One: Quickstep (6+7+7+8) = 28
Taylor impressed the judges with her Quickstep and was visibly shocked when she scored a whopping 28 points on the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 leaderboard.
"I really thought, if I'm lucky, I'd get threes and fours. That is what was in my head so I was totally surprised," she said. "It has made me go, 'I can go out there and I can do it.' I can remember the choreography which is the thing I was really worried about. I was just so petrified of blanking, and I didn't feel like that when I went out there, I was so pleased.
"The aim for this week is to get to that position, but we have obviously got less time to rehearse this one so the pressure is on."
What has Ellie Taylor said about joining Strictly 2022?
Speaking about joining the Strictly 2022 line-up, Ellie said: “Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I'm absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!"
She added: "I've watched the show for years so to be able to take to the dance floor is a dream come true, for both me and mum who is a Strictly super fan! At the moment I'm focusing on the excitement and glitter and choosing to ignore the fact that I have the dancing ability of a newly born giraffe. Bring it on!"
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