Nigel Harman made a big splash on the Strictly Come Dancing dance floor by storming to the top of the Strictly leaderboard in Week 1.


His spectacular Paso Doble – set to the soundtrack of Smells Like Team Spirit by Nirvana – concluded the first live show in style, and earned him a massive 32 points from the judges.

Going up against the likes of Angela Rippon, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Adam Thomas and Zara McDermott in the Strictly line-up this year, Nigel will be keen to keep the standard of his performances high as we head into the second week of the competition - where one pair will be going home.

Strictly fans will probably best remember Nigel from his iconic EastEnders role of Dennis Rickman, who arrived in Walford in 2003 and remained there for a memorable two-and-a-half years.

Since then, he's moved onto roles in Hotel Babylon and Casualty, among others, and also enjoyed a successful run on Sky One's comedy-drama Mount Pleasant.

Read on for everything you need to know about the latest Strictly Come Dancing 2023 contestant Nigel Harman.

Who is Nigel Harman?

Nigel Harman for Strictly Come Dancing 2023
Nigel Harman for Strictly Come Dancing 2023.

Age: 49

Job: Actor

Instagram: @themeditatingactor

Twitter: N/A

Strictly partner: Katya Jones

Harman is best known for his various acting roles on television, which include Dennis Rickman in EastEnders, Sam Franklin in Hotel Babylon and, most recently, clinical lead Dr Max Cristie in medical drama Casualty.

However, he also has theatrical experience – having previously appeared in productions of Guys and Dolls, I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical and Shrek: The Musical – which could come in handy as he takes to the ballroom floor.

Harman also has a side business teaching and practicing meditation, so it seems unlikely that nerves will get the better of him during the competition.

Nigel Harman's Strictly journey so far


Week One: Paso Doble (8+8+8+8) = 32

When does Strictly Come Dancing 2023 air?

Strictly Come Dancing airs every Saturday evening, followed by the result show on the Sunday on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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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