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Gemma Atkinson announced as fourth contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2017

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/08/2017 Jennifer ruby
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Actress Gemma Atkinson is the fourth person confirmed to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2017 line-up.

The former Hollyoaks actress, 32, said that she wanted to “challenge” herself as she revealed the news during Thursday’s BBC Breakfast.

“Learning to dance is so out of my comfort zone - so I just want to challenge myself,” she said.

“I am honoured to be asked and so thrilled to be joining Strictly Come Dancing 2017. I'm beyond excited and incredibly nervous but I am looking forward to learning a new skill in ballroom and latin dancing and taking on this new challenge.”

Atkinson is best known for her role on Channel 4’s teen soap, before moving over to BBC One’s Casualty and later ITV’s Emmerdale.

This Morning presenter and Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford was the third star to be confirmed on Wednesday.

“I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true,” she said.

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“The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party, I've never had a dance lesson in my life.”

The Saturdays singer Mollie King and EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami were announced earlier this week, with more names expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this autumn.

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