Les Dennis is having a change of scene and is getting ready to dance the night away in the ballroom, hoping to win the famed Glitterball trophy on Strictly Come Dancing 2023.


The 69-year-old TV personality will join those already announced for this year's season, including the likes of Angela Rippon, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Zara McDermott and Nigel Harman.

After placing bottom of the leaderboard, will he be able to impress judges with his Samba to Rock the Boat in week two?

Read on for everything you need to know about Les Dennis.

Who is Les Dennis?

Les Dennis for Strictly Come Dancing 2023 wearing a blue shirt, smiling into camera
Les Dennis for Strictly Come Dancing 2023. BBC

Age: 69

Job: TV personality, actor and entertainer

Instagram: @lesdennis

Twitter: @LesDennis

Strictly partner: Nancy Xu

Dennis is a TV personality, actor and entertainer who has been in showbiz for over 50 years. He is perhaps best-known for hosting Family Fortunes between 1987 and 2002, while he also starred in Coronation Street between 2014 and 2016.

He started his career as a comedian on the working men’s club circuit in and around Liverpool before winning the TV talent show New Faces.

He subsequently starred in sketch and variety show The Laughter Show, and has had acting roles in Extras, Brookside, Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders and more.

He is also known for his stage work, having starred with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera, and in hit productions such as Hairspray and Legally Blonde The Musical.

Les Dennis's Strictly journey so far


Week One: Tango (2+4+5+5) = 16

Les Dennis and Nancy Xu on Strictly Come Dancing 2023.
Les Dennis and Nancy Xu on Strictly Come Dancing 2023. BBC/Guy Levy

What has Les Dennis said about joining Strictly 2023?

Dennis said in a statement: "I'm thrilled to be doing this iconic wonderful show as I approach my 70th birthday! In my career I've always gone for challenges outside my comfort zone, and this is the ultimate one! Can't wait."

The news that he is joining the line-up was revealed on Good Morning Britain on Friday 11th August.

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2023 air?

Strictly Come Dancing will air on BBC One and iPlayer every Saturday evening, followed by the results show the next day.

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday 30th September at 6:20pm. The results show will air on Sunday 1st October on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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