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Meet James Bye: Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant

He is the latest EastEnders star to try for the Glitterball trophy.

James Bye on Strictly Come Dancing
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Published: Thursday, 29th September 2022 at 5:11 pm
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Last year saw EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis win the Glitterball trophy, but can her co-star James Bye replicate her Strictly Come Dancing success in 2022?


The actor, who is best known for his role as Martin Fowler on the London-set BBC soap which he joined in 2014, is certainly giving it a go after making his debut in the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up last weekend.

Dancing the Jive with professional partner Amy Dowden last week, Bye will tackle the Tango to Ed Sheeran's Bad Habits this Saturday, according to the updated Strictly Come Dancing 2022 songs and dances list.

“I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot,” he previously revealed.

"There are some huge dance shoes to fill and it’s truly exciting to follow in the footsteps of some amazing EastEnders talent. I’d love to do everyone proud.”

Here’s what you need to know about James Bye before he takes on Week 2...

Who is James Bye?

James Bye joins Strictly Come Dancing 2022.
James Bye joins Strictly Come Dancing 2022. BBC

Age: 38

Job: Actor

Instagram: @jimmybye

Twitter: @jimmybye

Hailing from Basingstoke, England, James Bye began his screen career with roles in The Bill, Cemetery Junction and Jason Statham action flick Hummingbird.

However, he came to national attention after joining the cast of BBC soap opera EastEnders, taking over the role of Martin Fowler in 2014 (a character previously portrayed by James Alexandrou and Jon Peyton-Price).

Since joining the cast, he has been in contention for two British Soap Awards – Best Actor and Best On-Screen Partnership (with Lacey Turner), while he also made a guest appearance at 2016's Children in Need.

Bye's other projects include drama series The Great Train Robbery and comedy film The Hooligan Factory, while he also has a background in the theatre.

James's Strictly journey


Week 1: Jive (6+5+5+6) = 22

Bye scored 22 points on the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 leaderboard in his first week, tying him with friendly 'rival' Tyler West.

Despite making a few errors, the judges were impressed. Craig Revel Horwood declared: "I think your upper body needs work, all the steps were there - sometimes. But, I think you did a really, really great job."

Anton Du Beke agreed, and added: "I liked it, I thought it was a good number. If you're going to go completely wrong, just stand still, stand completely still, pick it up eventually, and it looks like choreography!"

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What has James Bye said about joining Strictly 2022?

When news broke of Bye's involvement in Strictly, he said via Instagram: "This has been so hard to keep a secret but it’s such a relief to be able to finally reveal that I will be smashing around the ballroom in this years Strictly," he began.

"I feel so honoured to be part of such an amazing show and incredible group of people and I can’t wait to get started! Some big shoes to fill but hopefully I can do my family back in Walford proud. Wish me luck!"

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturdays and Sundays on BBC One. Check out more of our Entertainment coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what's on tonight.


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