Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021 line-up: Meet all the stars taking part

Moira Stuart and Anne-Marie have joined the line-up!

The Voice UK 2021 coach Anne-Marie

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Strictly Come Dancing episode – and we’ll soon be returning to the ballroom for a fabulous festive special.


Broadcasting legend Moira Stuart and singer Anne-Marie are the latest celebrities to join Strictly Come Dancing’s 2021 Christmas special.

Moira will take to the stage with professional partner Aljaž Škorjanec, while Anne-Marie will dance with Graziano Di Prima.

The special will see six brand new celebrity contestants take to the floor with Christmas-inspired routines in a bid to win the Glitterball.

Rounding off the line-up so far is TV presenter and actress Mel Giedroyc, maître d’hôtel Fred Sirieix and furniture restorer Jay Blades.

All six couples will be hoping to impress the judges, Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, and Head Judge Shirley Ballas, as well as the voting audience. But who will lift the coveted Strictly Come Dancing Christmas trophy?

So far, five celebs have been confirmed for the Christmas spectacular, with more announcements expected very soon.

As we get closer and closer to the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special, here’s everything you need to know about the line-up.

Moira Stuart

Moira Stuart. Cr: Annabel Staff/Classic FM/PA
Annabel Staff/Classic FM/PA

Age: 72

Job: Newsreader and programme presenter on TV and radio

Partnered with: Aljaž Škorjanec

Newsreader Moira Stuart cannot wait to get stuck in on the dance floor this Christmas for the festive special.

“I’m really looking forward to the Strictly Christmas special. I’ve loved dancing for as long as I can remember. In fact it even helped me try to keep warm in my early cold water flat,” she said.

Moira is a multi-award winning newsreader, who in 1981 became the BBC’s first Black female newsreader.


anne marie bake off

Age: 30

Job: Pop singer

Partnered with: Graziano Di Prima

Singer Anne-Marie Rose Nicholson – who works under the name Anne-Marie – has also been revealed as part of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021 line-up.  

“I’m excited to take part in the Strictly Christmas special. I love the show, and who would turn down a dance with Graziano?!” Anne-Marie said.

The singer has had her fair share of hit songs over her career, including the likes of Alarm, 2002 and Friends, and has been nominated for eight Brit Awards.

She is no stranger to reality TV and appeared as a coach on the 10th series of The Voice UK, as well as the latest series of Channel 4’s Celebrity Gogglebox.

Mel Giedroyc

Mel Giedroyc
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Age: 53

Job: TV presenter and actress

Partnered with: Neil Jones

Presenter Mel Giedroyc will be stepping onto the dance floor this Christmas for the festive special.

“I don’t think I’ve been this excited about Christmas since I got my first guinea-pig  from Santa in 1978,” she said.

Mel is an actress, comedian, writer, television and radio presenter. She has presented BBC’s Children in Need, Let It Shine and Eurovision – You Decide. Along with her comedy partner Sue Perkins, she co-hosted seven series of The Great British Bake Off and together they starred in the Sky series Hitmen.

Fred Sirieix

Fred Sirieix
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Age: 49

Job: Maître d’hôtel

Instagram: @fred_sirieix

Twitter: @fredsirieix1

Partnered with: Diane Buswell

First Dates star Fried Sirieix was the second celebrity to be announced for the festive special, and will be paired with professional dance partner Diane Buswell.

“I absolutely love Christmas so I’m delighted to be taking part in the Strictly Christmas special and to be partnered with the magnificent Dianne. I hope my dance moves bring some Christmas joy to everybody watching at home and don’t make the judges say, ‘Bah, Humbug!’,” Fred said.

Fred Sirieix is a TV personality, author and maître d’hôtel, known for his role on Channel 4’s First Dates and the spin-off show, First Dates Hotel. He also presents BBC Two’s Remarkable Places to Eat and stars in ITV’s hit series Gordon, Gino and Fred.

Jay Blades

The Repair Shop Fixing Britain star Jay Blades

Age: 51

Job: Furniture restorer

Instagram: @jaybladesmbe

Twitter: @jayblades_

Partnered with: Luba Mushtuk

The Repair Shop star Jay Blades was the first celeb to be announced for the Strictly Christmas special on Monday 22nd November.

“I’m super excited, times two! One, because I’m going to learn a new dance apart from the ‘Dad’ dance, and two because I’m going to be on Strictly! It’s a show that I’ve always admired, and I can’t wait to see how I perform!”

Blades is a modern furniture restorer and presenter. He is best known for presenting The Repair Shop, Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop, Money for Nothing and Jay Blades’ Home Fix. In addition to his television work, Jay spends time running workshops and motivating disadvantaged people in the community.


The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special 2021 will air on BBC One on Christmas Day. Looking for something else to watch in the meantime? Check out our TV Guide or visit our hub for more Entertainment news.