Strictly’s Kelvin Fletcher: ‘I wanted people to see me in a different light’

There is a universe wherein Kelvin Fletcher is playing Aladdin in pantomime in St Helens true now, as he had planned.

However careers can turn on minute moments, and for the ragged Emmerdale actor one such moment came when Made In Chelsea smartly-known person Jamie Laing landed awkwardly within the center of the Strictly Come Dancing start elaborate.

The injured Laing pulled out, and Fletcher quickstepped in.

And over thirteen weeks, his athleticism, enthusiasm and natural sort made him the nation’s favourite dancefloor hunk, and he lifted the glitterball trophy with accomplice Oti Mabuse in entrance of Eleven million viewers on Saturday.

St Helens’ loss used to be Strictly’s manufacture.

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Fletcher is serene in a put up-closing frenzy, touring TV studios and doing interviews as he begins to turn his mind to what the long flee – and his recent level of repute – retain.

After joining Emmerdale as Andy Sugden on the age of 10 and staying for two a protracted time, he says he used to be eager for Strictly to let of us understand him “in a diversified mild”.

His competitive mosey will most doubtless be obvious from his parallel profession as a motor racing driver, which saw him in discovering this one year’s British GT4 ProAM championship (sooner than Olympic bicycle proprietor Sir Chris Hoy, among others).

Sooner than the racing season begins again, he’ll bewitch fragment within the Strictly area tour in January and February.

However it unquestionably’s obvious that performing is his first cherish. “That’s where my dreams serene lie,” he says.


The build were you if you happen to bought the decision asking you to depart on Strictly?

I was at dwelling, I ponder. The call came completely immediately from my agent who said, ‘Kelvin, I’ve bought some files. The BBC be pleased been in contact and would you be drawn to joining the frilly as a leisurely change? However we have bought to be rapid.’

So inner an hour or so, contracts were being despatched and I was having chats on the phone with producers, and I ponder I was in London the next morning for a scientific.

I purchased to rehearse for I ponder per week or so. And then it used to be the hole evening, and it be true been basically the most astounding ride on basically the most efficient elaborate on TV, and Oti is accurate an ideal person to portion the stage with.

Were you even on standby?

No. They discontinuance be pleased a standby, I ponder, and it wasn’t me. I wasn’t waiting for the decision. I never conception it used to be an risk.

So it had never been floated?

No. It would possibly not be pleased been to any extent additional of a curveball than it used to be. I’d true finished my first feature movie on the pinnacle of July and I knew I had a pair of days left on that to discontinuance. Then I was going to enter my first pantomime, and that used to be my few months of work. Sadly I needed to drag out of the panto.

How did you the truth is feel when the Strictly judges swooned over you?

To score comments, it didn’t bother me the least bit. I manufacture not the truth is bewitch offence to something. The phobia in most cases in within the meanwhile and age is that we’re so rapid to bewitch offence. And then of us manufacture not recount things, and does that imply you’ll doubtless be in a position to never give a reward, or it would possibly finest ever be a reward in line with a technical thing that can either be true or wrong? Produce we not give commentary on something that is subjective?

The judges’ critique used to be before every little thing the largest, and a pair of comments announcing that I was… I’m in a position to’t endure in mind what they were… indulging in my masculinity and taking a explore a slight bit buff or no matter, for me used to be absolutely dazzling.

What would you hang to happen next?

I manufacture not know. I never did this elaborate with an expectation that something would happen. To discontinuance the frilly in itself is a gigantic privilege. I was very eager for of us to understand me, who I am, because not many folks be pleased seen that. They’ve seen me play a character for see you later.

And if things near on the relief of this then then astounding. However that wasn’t explanation why I did the frilly. First and valuable I wished to discontinuance the frilly to be taught to bounce, score spray tanned per week, score a diversified costume per week, score sequins build onto you. It’s been an astounding experience.

However absolutely I am an actor and that’s the reason where my dreams serene lie. British drama on the minute is per chance some of basically the most efficient it be ever been. So I very great I want to be a fragment of that, and that’s the reason expectantly now where my ride will proceed.

Would you reasonably discontinuance straight performing than musicals?

I’m a gigantic musical theatre fan. Rising up, I went to the theatre an dreadful lot to learn musicals and never did I ponder that I’d score the likelihood to participate within the West Discontinue. Are you able to imagine how amazing that will most doubtless be?

So I’d cherish to discontinuance West Discontinue. However it unquestionably’s something that would the truth is feel reasonably alien to me because the parts of dancing and singing would the truth is feel reasonably recent. I wouldn’t recount no to something on the minute.

You be pleased starred to your first movie, We Roam In At Spoil of day – what is it about?

It’s basically basically based completely loosely on a true fable and showcases the right jeopardy that used to be D-Day. In step with the pickle of this explicit fable, indubitably one of many handful of of us that knew of the impending strike had been captured as a POW in occupied France. The Germans were blind to his location – they true conception he used to be a pilot.

So my job as a understand used to be to infiltrate occupied France on my agree with and retrieve this man the least bit charges because ought to serene they procure out who he’s and extract the records, it would possibly jeopardise your whole thing. I ponder it comes out in March next one year.

Are there similarities between racing and dancing?

The nerves. Perchance my coronary heart charge is the applicable similarity. I manufacture not know what my coronary heart charge used to be true ahead of I was about to bounce, when it [the announcement] is: ‘Dancing the samba, it be Kelvin Fletcher!’

And it be the identical with racing. Up unless that first corner, when the lights depart inexperienced, it be true intense. Whereas you happen to score by method of the dear few corners, you form of quiet down and score into your groove. Same with a dance.

Are you going to retain racing?

Yes, it began out as a fondness and now it be changed into very great one other profession direction. The season begins in March onwards so I will doubtless be very busy with those racing commitments, and expectantly I will doubtless be juggling that with my performing commitments as wisely.

I’ve bought a pair of targets for 2020 – what I want to discontinuance in a racing ability. We finished this one year and with a championship title, so we desire to discontinuance it again. We can understand if the glitterball can give me a chunk of edifying fortune.


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