Gordon Ramsay’s daughter Tilly Ramsay has been revealed as the ninth contestant preparing to take to the iconic dance floor at Elstree this year.
Tilly is known for presenting children’s cooking show Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch on CBBC, while she has also made guest appearances on the likes of Hell’s Kitchen, Blue Peter and, most recently, MasterChef Australia.
Tilly said: “I’m so excited and grateful to be joining the Strictly family! I’m always up for fun new challenges and this will be my biggest adventure yet!
“I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on and show my Dad how it’s really done! Bring on the glitz, glamour and sequins!”
The news was announced on ITV’s This Morning, with her parents sending a video message in which her father jokingly warned her: “Don’t date those dancers!”
Tilly’s mother, cook book writer Tana, turned to her husband and said: “Thank goodness it’s her and not you!”
This latest addition to the Strictly Come Dancing 2021 line-up could well help bring younger generations to the long-running programme, as Tilly currently boasts an impressive nine million followers on TikTok.
This year’s Strictly Come Dancing has six contestants left to reveal, with the current celebrity line-up including McFly singer Tom Fletcher, actor and comedian Robert Webb, television presenter AJ Odudu and BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker.
According to The Sun, Tilly had been close to joining the cast of Strictly last year but was later ruled out after suffering a broken arm.
Strictly Come Dancing hit headlines earlier today after it was revealed that pro dancer Nadiya Bychkova has tested positive for coronavirus, but RadioTimes.com understands this will not delay the new series.
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