Strictly Come Dancing 2020: EastEnders star Maisie Smith and Made In Chelsea's ...

Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and ex EastEnders actress Maisie Smith are the latest celebs confirmed to be taking part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Jamie was forced to pull out of the 2019 series before the first dance after injuring his foot, while Maisie is best known for her role as Tiffany Butcher in EastEnders.

The two celebrities were unveiled live on ITV's This Morning, while Thursday also saw comedian Bill Bailey and Invictus Games star JJ Chalmers announced.

Unveiled! Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and ex EastEnders actress Maisie Smith are the latest celebs confirmed to be taking part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Unveiled! Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and ex EastEnders actress Maisie Smith are the latest celebs confirmed to be taking part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Unveiled! Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and ex EastEnders actress Maisie Smith are the latest celebs confirmed to be taking part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing 

Maisie, 19, can't wait to get started, telling the BBC: 'Get me in those sequins, I can't wait to dive into the Strictly fancy dress box this winter! This is a dream come true.'

Maisie made her acting debut playing a young Elizabeth in feature film The Other Boleyn Girl alongside Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne. 

That same year, Maisie stormed into Albert Square as Tiffany, daughter of Bianca and now member of the long established Butcher family. Maisie has won numerous awards for her portrayal of Tiffany including 'Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actress' at the British Soap Awards and 'Best Young Actor' at the Inside Soap Awards.

As well as acting, Maisie has released two singles in 2016 and 2017 under an independent record label.  She hit headlines over the summer, when she was spotted smoking a 'strong-smelling' cigarette at the wheel of her car.

Gutted:  Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing was signed on for Strictly 2019, even being partnered up and appearing in the opening episode of the series

Gutted:  Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing was signed on for Strictly 2019, even being partnered up and appearing in the opening episode of the series

A furious source told The Sun of her Strictly signing before it was announced on Thursday: 'It is unthinkable that Strictly would sign her after the few weeks she has had. The show is the pinnacle of the BBC and gives rising stars and established ones a huge step to more fame.

'So it's very weird to give someone whose future was very unclear just weeks ago such an opportunity. Perhaps they see it as a way of nailing down a rising star rather than her leaving and taking with her a young audience.'

She is reportedly still being investigated by BBC bosses - who were also left aggravated by her for allegedly signing a big money TikTok deal, despite being told not to by soap chiefs.

Maisie, who plays Tiffany Butcher in the soap, has apparently violated the terms of her EastEnders contract by inking a deal to promote musicians on the app.

Maisie has experience on the Strictly dance floor, having won the 2019 Children In Need special of the show last year with partner Kevin Clifton. She told This Morning thought that the win 'was an absolute fluke. I’ve a bit of dancing experience but I have no technical ability at all. I feel like I was very lucky with that, but who knows? I could be the dark horse.'

Made In Chelsea's Jamie Laing was signed on for Strictly 2019, even being partnered up and appearing in the opening episode of the series.

He was forced, however, to withdraw from the competition after suffering a foot injury in rehearsals, leaving him unable to dance.

Jamie said at the time: 'I just wanted to give a quick update because it’s been released now. Because of my injury, I won’t be competing on Strictly this year, which is incredibly devastating and really upsetting. But these things happen in life, and when they happen, you have to push forward and be positive'

Jamie said at the time: 'I just wanted to give a quick update because it's been released now. Because of my injury, I won't be competing on Strictly this year, which is incredibly devastating and really upsetting. But these things happen in life, and when they happen, you have to push forward and be positive'

Winner: Soap actor Kelvin Fletcher was drafted in as his replacement - ending up winning the series with partner Oti Mabuse

Winner: Soap actor Kelvin Fletcher was drafted in as his replacement - ending up winning the series with partner Oti Mabuse

Soap actor Kelvin Fletcher was drafted in as his replacement - ending up winning the series with partner Oti Mabuse.

Jamie said at the time: 'I just wanted to give a quick update because it's been released now. Because of my injury, I won't be competing on Strictly this year, which is incredibly devastating and really upsetting. But these things happen in life, and when they happen, you have to push forward and be positive.'

When Kelvin and Oti won, he playfully tweeted: 'Congratulations to @kelvin_fletcher and @OtiMabuse you guys rocked it!! Thank god for my broken foot #Strictlyfinal.' 

Speaking on Thursday Jamie said he was delighted to be given a second chance, telling This Morning's Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: 'I'm back, I'm over the moon I actually get to come back and dance again. It's going to be unbelievably amazing. I'm super excited for it.'

Zoe Ball's Radio 2 Breakfast Show announced Bill's participation, with the comedian calling in and telling the It Takes Two host: 'I haven't been to stage school to learn to dance, I haven't lived for the dance as some may have done, I'm not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance, so it's going to be quite a challenge.'

Meanwhile over on ITV's Lorraine, ex marine JJ admitted: 'It's all just become very real. I'm always looking for a challenge and to push myself outside my comfort zone,' and said he hoped his friend Prince Harry would be watching.

Wild child: Maisie was caught smoking a hand-rolled cigarette, after pulling over on an empty road in Essex on Sunday July 19

Wild child: Maisie was caught smoking a hand-rolled cigarette, after pulling over on an empty road in Essex on Sunday July 19

Hitting the floor: Bill Bailey has been unveiled as the seventh celeb to take part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Athlete: JJ Chalmers, 33, was a Royal Marine who served in Helmand, Afghanistan with 42 Commando and, in May 2011, lost two fingers and his right elbow in an IED blast

Hitting the floor: Bill Bailey and Invictus Games star JJ Chalmers have been unveiled as the seventh and eighth celebs to take part in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing

Comedian Bill, 55, has been rumoured for some time, with a source telling The Sun: 'It's a hard time for live performers so it seemed a good chance for Bill to commit to the show.' 

Bill, however, revealed in 2018 that he has been asked to do the dancing series several times but was put off by the 'judgemental' nature of the show. 

Speaking to Zoe on Thursday morning he joked his famous long locks will be 'flying free like a spaniel out of a car window.' As for his dance background, the funnyman admitted it was 'a little patchy.' 

'Off stage, comics love an adrenaline rush, new challenges. And this year when things are so surreal we're looking to do that and learn a new skill,' he explained, adding that his favourite dance is the hokey cokey. 

New recruit: The announcement was made live on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 Breakfast Show, with the comedian admitting: 'I'm not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance, so it's going to be quite a challenge'

New recruit: The announcement was made live on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 Breakfast Show, with the comedian admitting: 'I'm not Lord of the Dance, more a sort of caretaker of the dance, so it's going to be quite a challenge'

Bill added in a statement to the BBC: 'In these strange times we're living through, it feels right to do something different and take on a new challenge. So I am delighted to be a part of this year's unique Strictly Come Dancing. My late mum Madrin would have loved it - I hope she'll be watching.'

Bill is a comedian, musician, author, documentary-maker and keen outdoors enthusiast best known for his live comedy and for the tv shows Black Books, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and QI  and his work as a touring comedian.

His live shows always feature ingenious and original musical elements drawing on Bill's skills as a classically trained musician and multi-instrumentalist.

JJ Chalmers, 33, was a Royal Marine who served in Helmand, Afghanistan with 42 Commando and, in May 2011, lost two fingers and his right elbow in an IED blast.

New challenge: JJ Chalmers, 33, was a Royal Marine who served in Helmand, Afghanistan with 42 Commando and, in May 2011, lost two fingers and his right elbow in an IED blast. He went on to star in the Invictus Games

New challenge: JJ Chalmers, 33, was a Royal Marine who served in Helmand, Afghanistan with 42 Commando and, in May 2011, lost two fingers and his right elbow in an IED blast. He went on to star in the Invictus Games

By September 2014, he took part as a non-amputee cyclist for Britain at the Invictus Games and won bronze in the 1-mile time trial and the 4 × 100m mixed relay race.

He scooped gold as captain of the trike team for the Men's IRecB1 Recumbent Circuit Race, as part of a British trio who crossed the finishing line together.

He has since carved a media career, presenting the likes of the Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and the London Marathon, as well as punditry on The One Show.

'My whole life is defined by facing challenges. Whether it's becoming a Royal Marine Commando, recovering from my injuries sustained in Afghanistan to competing in The Invictus Games,' he told the BBC.

'Now as a TV Presenter I'm lucky enough to witness some of the greatest sporting contests in the world. Strictly is a whole different ball game in respect to the challenges I will face but I'm up for an adventure and at least my mum will know where I am!' 

Friends: Speaking to Lorraine on Thursday, JJ said he knows his close friend Prince Harry will be supporting him, saying: 'He should take massive pride that one of his lads has gone on to this level in their chosen field' (pictured in 2016)

Friends: Speaking to Lorraine on Thursday, JJ said he knows his close friend Prince Harry will be supporting him, saying: 'He should take massive pride that one of his lads has gone on to this level in their chosen field' (pictured in 2016)

Speaking to Lorraine on Thursday, he said he knows his close friend Prince Harry will be supporting him. 'I know from a mutual friend, Dave Henson, he was watching him when he won his bronze medal. I think he's going to have a great laugh,' JJ said.

'He is really a cornerstone in creating this opportunity because he created the Invictus Games. He should take massive pride that one of his lads has gone on to this level in their chosen field. I'll give this my all and I hope he's watching.'

Speaking about how his injuries may affect his dancing, JJ explained: 'Ultimately that's going to be down to whoever I get partnered with, they're going to have the work cut out. Just looking at myself on the telly, I can tell I have terribly posture and that's because of my injuries. I don't want special treatment but of course we have to level the playing field so that it is fair.'

'I've been in touch with my surgeon and physios and we'll have a team that'll hold us together, I'm on this show not because I got blown up or I'm an Invictus Games medallist, I'm going to give it my absolute everything.' 

Contestants complete? On Wednesday night, The Sun leaked the names of the supposed other contestants. Ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was among the names

Contestants complete? On Wednesday night, The Sun leaked the names of the supposed other contestants. Ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was among the names

'10 years ago, I was standing in a dustbox in Afghanistan. This was never a consideration or a dream. It's completely insane.' 

With seven of the Strictly line-up already unveiled this week, the remaining list of contestants has also supposedly been leaked. 

On Tuesday and Wednesday, DJ Clara Amfo, boxer Nicola Adams, NFL player Jason Bell, actress Caroline Quentin, news anchor Ranvir Singh and pop star Max George were announced as the first set of stars vying for the 2020 glitterball trophy.

And on Wednesday night, The Sun leaked the names of the supposed other contestants.

Ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was among the names along with Jamie and Maisie. Rounding things off is a 12th celebrity - said to be a well-known YouTube star.

Said to be a female, it's speculated to be Zoella, whose brother Joe Sugg was a finalist in 2018 and, despite not winning, left the show with a girlfriend in the form of pro dancer Dianne Buswell.

MailOnline has approached Strictly Come Dancing for comment.   

Spare no expense: Jacqui made headlines when she was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner For Standards in 2009 after she was accused of inappropriately designating her sister's home in London as her main residence, allowing her to claim over £116,000 on her family's Redditch home since becoming an MP [pictured at the time]

Spare no expense: Jacqui made headlines when she was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner For Standards in 2009 after she was accused of inappropriately designating her sister's home in London as her main residence, allowing her to claim over £116,000 on her family's Redditch home since becoming an MP [pictured at the time]

Jacqui, 57, made headlines when she was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner For Standards for her alleged involvement in the MP's expenses scandal of 2009.

She was accused of inappropriately designating her sister's home in London as her main residence, allowing her to claim over £116,000 on her family's Redditch home since becoming an MP.

She responded to this by claiming she had merely followed advice from parliamentary authorities.

She was said to have claimed flat-screen TVs and scatter cushions in her expenses, insisting that it was the 'nature of her job' to furnish two homes.

One expense revealed that pornographic films had been bought and viewed in the family home, later revealed to have been ordered by Jacqui's husband, Richard Timney, whom she separated from in 2019.

She then made headlines in May 2009 when she named 16 'undesirable individuals', including convicted murderers and advocates of violence, who were to be banned from entering the UK - resulting in her being sued by American talk radio host Michael Savage, who was on the list.

She resigned as Home Secretary in June 2009 and lost her seat as MP for Redditch in 2010. 

Is it you? Rounding things off is a 12th celebrity - said to be a well-known YouTube star. Said to be a female, it's speculated to be Zoella

Following in his footsteps? Her brother Joe Sugg was a finalist in 2018 and, despite not winning, left the show with a girlfriend in the form of pro dancer Dianne Buswell

Is it you? Rounding things off is a 12th celebrity - said to be a well-known YouTube star. Said to be a female, it's speculated to be Zoella [L], whose brother Joe Sugg was a finalist in 2018 and, despite not winning, left the show with a girlfriend in the form of pro dancer Dianne Buswell [R]

Hitting the dance floor! Caroline Quentin was unveiled as the first celebrity to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020

Taking part: She will be joined by Max George of former boy band The Wanted

Hitting the dance floor! Caroline Quentin [L] was unveiled as the first celebrity to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020, joined also by Max George [R] of former boy band The Wanted

Big reveal: The third star to be named was NFL player Jason Bell - who is the ex of Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle, with whom he shares a daughter [pictured in 2009]

Big reveal: The third star to be named was NFL player Jason Bell - who is the ex of Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle, with whom he shares a daughter [pictured in 2009]

Caroline Quentin, Max George and Jason Bell were unveiled as the first three celebrities to take part in this year's series. 

The big reveal took place on Tuesday's

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