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Danny Cipriani, Jamie Borthwick in lineup for Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special

Danny Cipriani, Jamie Borthwick in lineup for Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special
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Danny Cipriani and Jamie Borthwick are among the six celebrities announced for this year's Christmas episode of Strictly Come Dancing.

Rugby star Danny Cipriani and EastEnders actor Jamie Borthwick are among the six celebrities taking part in this year's Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing.

The one-off contest is a firm fixture of the BBC One schedules on Christmas Day, with six celebs and their pro partners competing for the festive glitterball.

Cipriani, 36, has previously played for England, as well as top-flight club sides including Wasps, Gloucester and Bath, and will be partnered with Jowita Przystal.

"I've always enjoyed the concept of Strictly Come Dancing, it wasn't something I ever thought I'd do," he said.

"After addressing my own ideas and beliefs, I am very much looking forward to expressing myself through dance with no limitations.

"Strictly brings joy to everyone's living rooms, being a part of that for Christmas Day will be special."

Jamie Borthwick for the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2023© BBC

Borthwick, meanwhile, has played Jay Brown on EastEnders for the last 17 years and will be partnered with Nancy Xu.

"I am so excited to be joining the cast of this year's Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special," he said.

"From Walford to a Waltz, I can't wait to learn a new skill and put my dancing to the test. I'm hoping to spread Christmas cheer and have a good laugh with my professional dancer... get me on that dancefloor!"

This year's lineup is completed by Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan (partnered with Gorka Marquez), Waterloo Road's Tillie Amartey (partnered with Neil Jones), history broadcaster Dan Snow (partnered with Nadiya Bychkova) and BBC Breakfast host Sally Nugent (partnered with Graziano Di Prima).

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